Coming into the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida this week, it was announced that the NFL Competition Committee would be reviewing 21 possible changes to the NFL rulebook. With the meetings coming to a conclusion today, the proposals have been voted upon and seven have been passed.
Here’s a look at the following new rules that were approved for the upcoming NFL season:
- Extend the uprights to make them five feet taller.
- Protect players from getting the sides of their legs rolled up on — the rule already says a blocker can’t hit an opponent in the back of the legs, this proposal will add “or side” to the rule.
- Allow the referee to consult with members of the NFL officiating department during replay reviews. The referee would be able to speak with the command center in New York to help in reviewing a play.
- Re-organize the rules about what can be reviewed and what cannot be reviewed, including making the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play reviewable. (This is referred to as the NaVorro Bowman rule, after a controversial call in the NFC Championship Game.)
- Don’t stop the clock on a sack.
- Enforce defensive fouls behind the line of scrimmage from the previous spot, rather than from the end of the run or from the spot of the foul.
- Adjust the time of the roster reduction from 53 after the fourth preseason game from 6 p.m. Eastern to 4 p.m. Eastern. All teams would have to have their list of final cuts in by 4 p.m.
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