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Rules proposal scorecard: Which new NFL rules were passed for 2016?


Below are the proposals under consideration by the owners at the 2016 Owners Meeting, shown with the disposition of each proposal. Rule proposals Rules proposals are shown by the team that made the proposal, or CC for a Competition Committee proposal. Make 2015 extra-point rules and distances permanent (CC) — PASSED Allow a press-box-based coach to…

Parry playoff crew displays shock and awe in calling a strict game


Embed from Getty Images     John Parry’s crew set the tone in the pregame warm-ups: There would not be a repeat of the Week 14 nonsense between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. That game featured several altercations that later drew league fines. Parry’s crew put on a visible display in the pregame. The…

Jim Daopoulos joins ‘SportsCenter’ for playoff officiating analysis

ESPN SportsCenter set

ESPN has tapped former NFL officiating supervisor Jim Daopoulos to provide analysis of rules and interpretations throughout the playoffs. During the regular season, Daopoulos provided analysis occasionally on Monday and Tuesday mornings on SportsCenter. He will be in their studios in Bristol, Conn., to be used on the nighttime editions as needed for the four…

Beckham bends league’s tolerance in rough play: A look at the non-ejection and suspension of OBJ

during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Embed from Getty Images   Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was taken completely out of his element when he faced off against the secondary of the Carolina Panthers. Early on, Beckham’s physicality spilled over into post-play action which resulted in three unnecessary roughness penalties. On Sunday, we said that Beckham was flirting with an ejection,…