A Recap Of NFL Rules Changes

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 29, 2012 – 6:45 am

The annual Spring NFL Owners’ Meetings have concluded, and one of the tasks at hand for the owners this past week was to consider rules changes proposed by the NFL Competition Committee. We broke down the many proposals brought forth by the Competition Committee earlier in the week, and now we’ll let you know which proposals the owners passed, which proposals were voted down and which proposals were “tabled” for further discussion when the owners get together again in May.

Approved Proposals
– Previously, any play that resulted in a score was subject to automatic review by the officials in the booth. Now, NFL owners have approved a proposal that makes any play that results in a turnover subject to automatic review by officials in the booth.

– The overtime rule, in which a game cannot end after a FG on the first possession of overtime, has been expanded to include the regular season as well. Previously, only postseason games were governed by that rule, but now the regular season shares the new overtime rule.

– Making it a dead ball foul if a team lines up with 12 men on offense, or if a team lines up with 12 men on defense and the snap is imminent. Previously, the play was allowed to proceed and a 5-yard penalty was assessed after the action. Now, however, officials will blow the play dead before the snap and a 5-yard penalty will be assessed.

– The “defenseless player” rule now includes defenders on “crackback” blocks from offensive players. It is now illegal for an offensive player to hit a defensive player in the head or neck area on a crackback block.

– The penalty for kicking a loose ball now also includes a loss of down.

– Roster rules for teams playing on Thanksgiving and Christmas have been modified.

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

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

Tabled Proposals
– 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.

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17 Responses to “A Recap Of NFL Rules Changes”

  1. By D Anthony on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    Im Fat

  2. By DRS on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    E-mails reveal under-the-radar maneuvering to land Vikings stadium

    Article by: ERIC ROPER and MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune staff writers

    Updated: March 28, 2012 – 9:48 PM

    A Target executive helped Mayor R.T. Rybak corral support for the eventual plan, an electronic trail shows.

  3. By DRS on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, no, maybe, who knows, the way of the spineless politician, no wonder our country is in trouble.

  4. By DRS on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s take a poll, are you sure, what is in it for me, will this get us more control of the people, will this get us more wealth, a government of the state and by the state, this the ways of the new politicos, our masters.

  5. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    New blog so Ill repeat what i said on the old one

    its day 2 of the draft. The Minnesota Vikings are on the clock.

    With the 35th pick in the 2012 NFL draft, The Minnesota Vikings select….?

  6. By DRS on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry, getting a bit heavy there, I am tired of the spineless politicians, who are to afraid to do anything with out there masters approval, I am afraid that we have become a fascist Government, with big business , religion, unions all collaborating to run our lives. There is nothing wrong with Big Business, religion, or unions when they are a separate entity, when combined it becomes worrisome to me.

  7. By DeerTracks on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    Nothing at all mentioned about Game Officals that are incompetent, allowing the other Team to all but murder a Quarterback, staring straight at an act, and not calling the offense…

    Reminds me of the Detroit game when Joe Webb was driving for the winning TD, only to have his head all but pulled off, by Detroit D…”Official” standing right there, unable to see what happened 5 yards from where he was standing..

    Sean Payton. blowing up his middle finger for the world to see what he thinks of his non-coaching for one year and the NFL’s Boss….

  8. By DRS on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    GrandDaddyPurp, the best player available, lol.

  9. By DRS on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    Well I have to go for now, have fun everyone.

  10. By New Vike on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    With the 35th pick in NFL draftthere has been a trade. The Eagles have traded picks 46 and 51 to the Minnesota Vikings for pick 35 and select Zebrie Sanders from FSU. With pick 46 the Vikings select Alphonzo Denard Cb Nebraska. With pick number 51 the Vikings select WR Nick Toon Wisconsin. Kalil goes pick 3 of course….

  11. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply


  12. By charliewest40 on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    @New Vike I like your thinking, we need to somehow come up with more starting caliber playmakers in th 1st 3 rounds

  13. By Lloyd E. Santee on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    Are they really going to wait until the 11th hour with the stadium issue?

  14. By VikingFriend on Mar 30, 2012 | Reply

    Draft the OT from USC and then get back into the first round and draft David DeCastro, OG.

  15. By DeerTracks on Mar 30, 2012 | Reply

    Payton and the other Dirtbag Vitt are both appealing..

    That means that Roger Baby will do nothing……

    Can’t wait for the news to come, that someone walked up to those ditrbags on the street and ask them (At Point-Blank range) why they were (are) such A$$Holes ..

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