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Seven Rule Changes Adopted for 2016 NFL Season

Posted Mar 22, 2016

These rule proposals have passed through the competition committee

The Kansas City Chiefs proposed two rule changes for the 2016 season, and while neither of those ultimately passed after NFL owners met and voted during the NFL Annual Meeting taking place this week in Florida, the committee did pass seven of the 19 proposals that were submitted, most notably making all chop blocks illegal.

Here is a list of the proposals that passed through the competition committee:

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 field or in the coaches’ booth.

3.   By Competition Committee; Makes all chop blocks illegal.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

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

Here’s a list of all of the 19 proposals that were discussed.

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