By: Lawrence Edwards
Every year the big decision makers in the NFL sit down to discuss rule changes proposed by the competition committee and some NFL teams. Here are just a few of those proposals that was approved in today’s meeting.
Proposed by Philadelphia; Prohibits the “leaper” block attempt on field goal and extra point plays.
This rule is most likely imposed as the NFL continues to look for ways to improve the safety of the game. Attempting to leap the blocker on field goal attempts has been seen around the league in almost every game on every field goal attempt. The defender attempts to time the snap of the center and leap over the offensive line before they have time to get set. This will cause the offensive lineman to attempt to stop the leaper by making contacting with him in the air, causing the player to lose control of the way he lands, so I can see why this is now prohibited. But, it takes away the from the defensive side, which in my opinion, is already somewhat of an advantage for the offense since the defense already has to be careful not commit a penalty on the kicker.
By Competition committee; Makes permanent the rule that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.
Now this rule I’m iffy on, however, I get it, they want to continue to enforce the notion that dirty plays and unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated in the NFL. But, as we have seen in the league lately, the line for what is unsportsmanlike and and what isn’t has been fine. We have seen players penalized for celebrations after a TD, sometimes us the viewers feel like the flag is highly unnecessary, however the officials deem it unsportsmanlike. An incident like that could be the first strike in an important game from an impact player. You can bet the refs will now be watching that player closely and something as simple some after play junk talk can be seen as taunting and BAM! player is thrown out of the game. If the NFL is going to keep this rule, maybe the officials will be told be be careful of what they flag, or maybe in the future implement a 3 strike rule if the ejections and reasoning for flags start to become excessive and ridiculous. We’ll see how this goes. Me personally, I will be watching this one closely this coming season.
By Competition Committee; Replaces the sideline replay monitor with a hand-held device and authorizes designated members of the officiating department to make the final decision on replay reviews.
I really like this one, in an age where everything is mobile and wireless, it helps the officials get a better and closer view of the play. Today’s devices are equipped with HD technology where they can zoom and manipulate the screen to the spot where they’re looking. Technology continues to evolve and helps to improve the game, so as a techie, I personally love this one.
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