A Look at the Rule Changes for 2016

Every year the competition committee gets together and discusses possible rule changes for the up coming NFL season.  Year after year the same topics are spit balled back and forth and nothing ever changes.  The “Catch” rule and “Challenge” rule have been the hot button issues recently.  I still have no idea what’s a catch and what’s not.  The Challenge rule is interesting because in reality everything is reviewable because of cameras but everything isn’t reviewable due to the rule.  I would be in favor of having penalties reviewable.  The coaching staff would still only have 2 challenges.  If you choose to waste one on a penalty that’s your right.  Penalties that come to mind are offensive and defensive pass interference due to the yardage that can be gained.

Nine rules or rule changes have been implemented for the following season.  Here’s a breakdown of the changes and what certain teams proposed from USA Today.

1. By Competition Committee; Permanently moves the line of scrimmage for Try kicks to the defensive team’s 15-yard line, and allows the defense to return any missed Try.

2. By Competition Committee; 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.

3. By Competition Committee; Makes all chop blocks illegal. “It is not one that has overwhelmed us in injury data, but it is not one we feel good about,” McKay said.

4. By Competition Committee; Disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. Amended to one-year only.

5. By Competition Committee; Changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line. Amended to one-year only.

6. By Competition Committee; 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.

7. By Competition Committee; Makes it a foul for delay of game when a team attempts to call a timeout when it is not permitted to do so

8. By Competition Committee; Eliminates the five-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.

9. By Competition Committee; Eliminates multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.

*Rule Changes from USA Today and Lorenzo Reyes*

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