What's in a harmless new rule right? Well, some pretty drastic and game changing ones here in recent years. From moving the extra point back a million miles to attempting to eliminate special teams. The changes are really making NFL football a game that is almost unrecognizable to old timers.
Meh, we'll still watch. Or at least I will, anyway. So what was approved on Tuesday?
- Permanently move the line of scrimmage for Try kicks to the defensive team's 15-yard line, and allows the defense to return any missed Try.
- Permits the offensive and defensive play callers on the coaching staffs to use the coach-to-player communication system regardless of whether they are on the field or in the coaches' booth.
- Makes all chop blocks illegal.
- Expands the horse collar rule to include when a defender grabs the jersey at the name plate or above and pulls a runner toward the ground.
- Makes it a foul for delay of game when a team attempts to call a timeout when it is not permitted to do so.
- Eliminates the 5-yard penalty for an eligible receiver illegally touching a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself inbounds, and makes it a loss of down.
- Eliminates multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.
A total of 19 rules were proposed, so at least we only have to worry about seven of them. In case you are worried about the chop block rule, it may or may not affect the Denver Broncos. I'm willing to bet it won't affect them at all.
What do you think of these rules changes, Broncos Country?