NFL’s Big Brass Discussing Big Business In Florida

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 25, 2012 – 6:02 pm

The annual League meetings have begun in Florida, with NFL owners, GMs and coaches gathering in the Palm Beach area to discuss some of the biggest issues facing the sport. From the Saints Bountygate scandal, to the weird salary cap situation involving the Cowboys and Redskins, to several proposed rules changes, there is big business for the NFL’s big brass to figure out.

We’ll leave the Bountygate and salary cap fiasco issues alone for now and instead focus on some of the proposed rules changes that will be up for discussion among the NFL’s owners this week. The NFL Competition Committee met last week and, after taking suggestions from teams, announced a series of proposed rules changes/alterations. Remember, in order for a proposal to be passed, 24 of the 32 teams must vote ‘yes.’

Here’s a basic look at some of the proposals…

– Having replays viewed solely by the official in the booth, not the referee on the field.

– Currently, any play resulting in a touchdown is subject to automatic review. One proposal calls for any play that results in a turnover also become subject to automatic review.

– Making the playoff overtime rules also apply during the regular season. It seems silly that this is not the case already, but keep in mind the playoff overtime rules are new. The new rules give one team possession in overtime should the team that had received the ball initially kick a FG on its first possession.

– Expanding the “defenseless player” definition to include defensive players on “crackback” blocks, making it illegal for an offensive player to execute a “crackback” block in the head or neck area against a defensive player.

– Modifying the horse-collar tackle rule to include quarterbacks in the pocket.

– Making the penalty for having too many men on the field a dead-ball foul, a suggestion that stems from this year’s Super Bowl in which the NY Giants were penalized for having too many men on the field. The Patriots ran a play and lost valuable time doing so, while the Giants were penalized just 5 yards. Under the proposal, the infraction still nets just 5 yards for the other team, but it will also be a dead-ball foul that will not result in lost time for the opposing offense.

– Moving the trade deadline from Week 6 to Week 8.

– Creating an “Injured Reserve exemption” to allow a player who was on the roster after Week 1 to return from the Reserve/Injured list at some point in that season.

– Allowing one roster exemption per week for a player who is listed with a concussion.

– Expanding the roster limit to 90 players for the offseason and training camp, and also including unsigned draft picks as counting toward that limit. The current limit is 80 players, with unsigned draft picks not counting against the limit.

– Moving this year’s final roster cutdown day to Friday night instead of Saturday.

– Modification of roster rules for teams who play on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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63 Responses to “NFL’s Big Brass Discussing Big Business In Florida”

  1. By sunnyazvike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Dont see your vote?? I like the booth replay, I like the overtime rule, I like the concussion exemption. I dont like the horse-collar rule ( for J Allen only).

  2. By aussie61 on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t like the booth replay,the officials on the field control the game so they should make the calls.I do like the O/T change and the crackback rule to protect defenders.

  3. By Gary on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    When do we get our compensatory picks?

  4. By TITUS on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Where is this? Wobbles, you forgot to include your commentary.

    Here’s a basic look at some of the proposals, with my ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote – which means absolutely nothing, unfortunately – after each one…

  5. By Parody on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Aussie _ I disagree. The officials on the field are going to be biased based on their original call. They also have a more difficult time reviewing replays than an official in the booth would with all the room they have to install replay media up there. I think this is a good rule all around.

    There are some rules that I don’t agree with and others that are just nit-picking and wasting everyone’s time.

    Rule changes I disagree with: Horsecollar rule (QBs are too protected as it is), 12-men on field (it makes sense, but should be a situational dead ball foul), Concussion roster exemptions (if the IR rule is adjusted, then this becomes completely pointless), Modification of Holiday Game roster rules (if they don’t want to work those days, they should find a different profession, or the NFL should stop scheduling holiday games).

    Rule Changes that are Nit-picking: Redefining crackback blocks, trade deadline, offseason roster limits,

  6. By Parody on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    BTW – What are the roster changes that they’re proposing for Holiday games? I can’t think of any that make sense to begin with.

    And when are the Vikings going to get to play on Thanksgiving? Detroit has the game every year, so we should be in it relatively frequently, but instead the Packers have matched with Detroit on Thanskgiving 3 times over the past 5 years, 4 times over the past 9-years, and for some reason the Patriots have matched up against them on Thanksgiving 3 times this century. Meanwhile, the last Thanksgiving game the Vikings had was against Dallas in ’98, we haven’t played Detroit on Thanksgiving since ’95. What’s the deal with that!?

  7. By PAVike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    One rule they NEED to implant is having NFL Officials control the replays in the stadiums. Whenever you are a road team, the home team controlling the replay system will not show replays on a play you may challenge.

    For example, against Atlanta Percy got stopped at the 1yd line on 3rd down. Frazier thought about challenging the play, but he didnt because the Atlanta staff controlling the replays did not provide a replay of the crucial play.

    But upon further inspection…Percy CLEARLY broke the plane. We were cheated out of a TD because “fans” didnt give Frazier a second look!!

    This nonsense happens to all teams every week and in some cases alters the outcomes of games!

    What do you think, Mike Wobschall?

  8. By PAVike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Heres the play I was referencing…

  9. By Shawn on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    I like the idea of implementing a revised IR and wish they would make it like the Baseball DL … a 4 week 8 week and 16 week IR. Last year when AP had the high ankle sprain we could have put him on the 4 week IR brought King up from the practice squad and given us 4 weeks to evaluate an off the street project on the practice squad.

  10. By TITUS on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Why not get rid of 95% of the rules? You get in the end zone, it’s 6 points. FG is 3. Go out of bounds, the play does not count. Much beyond that, who cares?

  11. By Shawn on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Titus … thats an interesting idea. Keep the game out of the refs hands and let themplay football like the old days ….

  12. By PAVike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Other rules they need to change:

    Defensive Pass-Interferences need to just be 10yrds.
    Stop treating QB’S like Girl Scouts.
    Move the kickoff back to the 30.
    Let the players freakin celebrate!

  13. By PAVike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    And in conclusion……how is this Not a TD??

  14. By Mike B. on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Horse collar tackling should be gone anyway it’s too easy to cause a neck injury with a horse collar. Player safety rules need to be implemented or the NFL is going to face future lawsuits. Will it tame the game some yes, but it’s got to be done. The overtime being more competitive that should be done. Booth should be doing all the replays it should be faster that way. Booth official and Referee will need to be at the same level of authority. I would say try the out of bounds replay for 1 year then ocme back to it, but first eliminate the Ref needing to see the replay. Takes too long.

  15. By mad1 on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    ya they make the money for the risks.. I mean i would take a hit to make the lowest man pay check… what that like 80k

  16. By Shawn on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hearing Deacon Jones talk … why does anyone care what the Saints did. Deacon ” I tried to put them in the hospital every time”

  17. By Mike B. on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    @Shawn it was a different era of football. In the current environment player’s saftey is the top priority. You can still have a good product and have the players be as safe as they can.

  18. By sunnyazvike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    PAvike… bad memories.

  19. By TITUS on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Too many rules. Bring back the gladiators. Those were the days…

  20. By Frederick Jones on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply


    Lol, that was funny, what you said about Fred Jones in the previous blog!

    Sure I understand they can’t say what they want to say.

    I just mean that I won’t back down. The percentage of guys on here that only want to analyze QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs, DTs, LBs, etc. is very high. There is nothing wrong with that.

    Somebody has to stand for the Tackles, Guards, Centers, Cornerbacks, and Safeties, which according to Chuck Noll are the “lifeblood” of a football team because they get very little glory.

    Have a pleasant tomorrow!!!

  21. By Frederick Jones on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    “They are running around like it’s a Chinese fire drill out there!”
    Hank Stram, KC Chiefs Head Coach of Super Bowl VI


    Too much emphasis about other positions such as QB, WR, LB, DT, TE, RB, etc.



    Do not lead RICK SPIELMAN astray. He needs encouragement to pick the
    unglamorous pick. D. back O line

    MEN…stay focused!!!

  22. By Saskatchewan Viking on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    There is nothing wrong with a horse tackle, it seperates then men from the boys!!!

  23. By TITUS on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    It was funny, wasn’t it? I think it spawned a title for a book.

  24. By Saskatchewan Viking on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Play in the CFL if you don’t like it…

  25. By TITUS on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Or more accurately, horsecollaring separates the colts from the stallions.

  26. By TITUS on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    There should be four rules in the NFL period. One, get in the end zone it’s six points. Kick a field goal, it’s three points. Step out of bounds, that player is void from that play. And if a player is knocked unconscious, play stops for medical attention.

  27. By Saskatchewan Viking on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    You are so right Parody. Gladiators is what the Vikings need to bring back into this league…

  28. By Saskatchewan Viking on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Meant Titus

  29. By Saskatchewan Viking on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    too many gin and tonic

  30. By PAVike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Disagree with horsecollar tackles. That shouldnt be part of the game.

  31. By TITUS on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    PA– are you Spencer?

  32. By PAVike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    What do you think, Sir Titus?

  33. By TITUS on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    No question.

  34. By KoN on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    The NFL should require all players to carry weapons of their choice and they should get rid of the ball, the teams and the straight field in favor of a more round one. Points should instead be rewarded based upon how gruesome a player’s murder of another player is. At the end of each game, the person with the most points wins, and survives until the next match, unless he is dead. If the last man standing does not have the most points, he must fight a variety of animals until he is slain as well. That’s real man’s football.

  35. By Saskatchewan Viking on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    @ KoN (REETARD) You are a M0R0n

  36. By Saskatchewan Viking on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    go to bed

  37. By PAVike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Lol Kon. Your rules remind me of the movie ‘The Hunger Games’

  38. By KoN on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Haven’t seen it, or read the books PA. and Saskatchewan, I honestly hope that you knew that I was kidding. If you didn’t then I fear there’s no hope for you.

  39. By KoN on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    should have been a comma after PA

  40. By Saskatchewan Viking on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    If you knew me, you wouldn’t mock me. Hope for you!

  41. By TITUS on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hunger Games? Reminds me of the gladiators. All the new stuff is recycled from the classics.

  42. By KoN on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    I’m confused.

  43. By TITUS on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    It’s late– this place is cuckoo at this hour.

  44. By PAVike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Just look at the trailer on Youtube. It raked in over $100 million on opening weekend.

  45. By Saskatchewan Viking on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    KoN I wasn’t being threatening…only saying if we were sitting around a firepit, we would have a great time

  46. By Bauln on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply


    get off your high horse

  47. By KFAN on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Titus and KoN

    You 2 are packer fans

  48. By bauln on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply


  49. By Woodboat on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    I agree, Fred. Too many fans vocalizing a desire for a “flashy”player like Claiborne. While I agree we do need help at CB, I rate that need marginally below our need for a solid O Line. Kalil to the Vikes on draft day, Rick!

  50. By VegasVike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    @ Titus-Wobs “yes or no” does not matter therefore invisible. There should be a rule that states if the opposing team suspects a bounty system there would be a full crew of replacement refs standing by. All hailing from the opposing teams’ state.

  51. By VegasVike on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Teams’ ?
    Team’s ?
    Teams ?

    Which one?

    Too many beers…
    Beers’ ?
    Beer’s ?
    Beers ?

  52. By dryes on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good rule changes! Except for the trade deadline shift from wk 6-8 and the QB horse collar rule, both of which I’m on the fence about. Love this game!

  53. By CaribooBill on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    I would like to see a lightening up of the rules on offensive holding and/or a reduction to only a 5 yard penalty. This would only apply to the Vikings offensive line, of course.

  54. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    compensatory picks expected to come out at the owners meetings. That should be Monday or Tuesday

  55. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    There are certain defensive penalties that grant the offense an automatic first down. despite the fact that penalty yardage the offense receives would not have been enough to initially get to the first down. i think they should take away the automatic first down or make more offensive penalties result in a loss of down and loss of yards.

    An example of what i mean is Defensive pass interference always results in automatic first down, shouldn’t offensive pass interference result in an automatic loss of down?

    Also. All referees for every game should be proven haters of both teams and have no ties to the city in which they are officiating. Its the only way to be fair. Screvv the packers and steelers!

  56. By Dave on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Although I agree, claiborne will be an amazing CB. We need to think about choosing a franchise QB. Last year we didnt get to see enough because our O-line was awful. Worst o-line in the league I dont care what anybody says. To see the talent shine in these two QBs, we need someone anchoring the oline. Kalil on draft day please!

  57. By Mike Wobschall on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry all – Originally I was going to include my “yes” or “no” vote, but then I had a “yes” after all the rules but one, so I thought it was basically pointless. Carry on.

  58. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings reach a one-year deal with CB Zackary Bowman

  59. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    The Browns pursued former Colts WR Pierre Garcon and former 49ers WR Josh Morgan, source told PD. Both signed big $$$ w/ Redskins day 1.

    good example why to just stay out of the market in the beginning of free agency

  60. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Mike are you at the Breakers Hotel today with the bigwigs in the NFL?

  61. By TITUS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Bauln, you are a funny one. Something tells me your real username starts with an S or an R.

  62. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    R titus? you got me on that one… how about a M,L or P?

  63. By TITUS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Yep, I knew it.

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