The Proposed NFL Rules for 2015

RGoodellAfter reading the rules (see the line below) I have to say I am impressed with the officials for knowing all the rules and their potential penalties for violating them. Before I read the list of 23, I assumed that they would be about deflate-gate, ineligible/eligible/almost eligible/invisible receivers, more protecting the quarterback and of course, what a catch actually is.

What I found out is that they are classified into the following categories:

  1. Let’s make sure we can review everything that ever happens or could happen on the field and in the Locker Room.
    • Coaches can challenge anything, except for turnovers and scoring plays
    • Coaches should be able to challenge all penalties
    • Coaches should be allowed to challenge all personal fouls
    • Personal fouls should be reviewed without a coach challenging it
    • All penalties that result in an automatic first down should be reviewable
    • The number of coach’s challenges should be increased from two to three
    • All penalties against defenseless receivers should be reviewable
    • Automatic reviews should include plays that would result in a touchdown if overturned
    • The game clock should be reviewable on the final play of the half or game
    • Whether the play clock expired before the ball was snapped should be reviewable
    • Fixed cameras should be placed on all boundary lines at every stadium to provide instant replay angles
    • Stadium-produced video should be used for instant replays, not just TV tape
  2. Let’s make sure to attract as many soccer players to our sport as possible since parents are now afraid to have their kids play football.
    • Extra points should be moved from the two-yard line to the 15-yard line – YAWN
    • If a two-point conversion is successful, teams should have an opportunity to gain an extra point with a 50-yard field goal – NOW THIS WILL MAKE GAMES MORE FUN TO WATCH FOR SURE ESPECIALLY AT THE END
  3. Let’s protect these guys from some of the most vicious hits but the ones that are the most fun to watch and make it on Sports Center
    • On plays where a call has been switched from a fumble or interception to an incomplete pass, officials can enforce a penalty on a defenseless receiver.
    • Prohibit players from pushing teammates while rushing punts.
    • “Peel back” blocks should be illegal for all offensive players.
    • Provide an intended defenseless receiver protection following an interception
    • It should be illegal for a running back to chop block a defenseless opponent outside the tackle box.
  4. Seem like no-brainers to me… how can you argue against them?
    • Both teams should be guaranteed a possession in overtime.
    • Linebackers should be allowed to wear numbers 40 to 49.
    • Unsportsmanlike conduct penalties at the end of the half should be enforced on the following kickoff.
  5. Hey Bill…. is he eligible or is he not?
    • Offensive players with eligible numbers shouldn’t be allowed to report as ineligible and line up on the outside of a formation.

So most of the new rules that I expected to see did not seem to get addressed other than the let’s stop Bill Belichick from outsmarting/tricking us again on his way to another Super Bowl. My guess is all the owners except one will vote for that one. Maybe they should just make him handover his playbook so they can see where else they have loopholes in their rules so people aren’t crying again on his next playoff run.

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