NFL COMPETITION COMMITTEE PROPOSES RULE CHANGES TO OVERTIME, QB SACK RULES
"The NFL Competition Committee held a conference call with the media Wednesday
afternoon to discuss the proposed rules changes for the 2012 season. The seven
rules proposals, as well as the six proposed bylaws are listed below (thanks to
friend of EoF, <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/21/nfl-weighs-changes-on-overtime-defenseless-players-trade-deadline/">PFT.com's
Michael David Smith</a>, whose speed-typing skills are unparalleled).
Proposed rule changes
1. Replay officials, not the
referee on the field, are given the authority to determine replay reviews.
2. Horse-collar tackles will now include quarterbacks in the pocket.
Previously, they were exempt and it was legal to bring them down by the back of
their shoulder pads or the inside collar of their jersey. (Yes, the irony isn't
lost on us either; for all the protections quarterbacks receive, it's still
perfectly legal to bring them down horse-collar style in the pocket.)
3. Overtime rules <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/34528893">that applied
during the postseason</a> would now be applied to regular-season games, too.
Which means that there won't be a regular-season overtime game decided after one
possession that ends in a field goal.
4. Kicking a loose ball would now
include loss of down as part of the penalty.
too-many-men-on-the-field penalty would add a dead-ball-foul component if teams
line up with (wait for it...) too many men for at least four seconds, or if the
snap is imminent. In such cases, it will be a five-yard penalty.
defenseless player rule now includes … defensive players (fancy that).
Specifically, defenders would be protected against crackback blocks, making it
illegal to hit them in the head or neck area.
7. The replay booth would
automatically review turnovers in the same way that every scoring play is now
1. Teams that play on
Thanksgiving or Christmas would have roster exemptions not afforded teams that
play the regular Sunday-Monday schedules.
2. The trade deadline would
move from Week 6 to Week 8.
3. Roster limits for training camp and the
offseason would expand to 90 players. Unsigned draft picks would count toward
that limit (Currently, they do not).
4. Final cutdown day leading up to
the regular season would be on a Friday night instead of a Saturday to give the
two teams playing in the season opener an extra day of work with their final 53
in preparation for Week 1. This year, the season opener has been rescheduled for
Wednesday, Sept. 5 -- a day earlier than previous years -- because <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/35021324">President
Obama is speaking at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday</a>.
5. An exemption to the injured-reserve rule. Currently, a player placed
on IR is done for the season. The bylaw: if a player is on the roster through
the first regular-season weekend, said player can land on IR, and when healthy,
be designated for a return to the active roster. They can practice with the team
six weeks later, and play in games eight weeks after the original designation.
6. One roster exemption per team per week for a player inactive with a
Again, to reiterate: these are proposals. Nothing's