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After review, the replay rules stand


Since the replay system was reintroduced in 1999, the review rules have only been subject to incremental revision, rather than any of the proposed wholesale changes to the process. A proposal by the Ravens at the annual meeting in March turned a few heads, as it appeared to make the replay run on a small list of…

Officiating crews for the 2016 season

Houston Texans v Denver Broncos

Embed from Getty Images   Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2016 NFL season. This season, three new officials have been hired and only one retired. There are five veteran officials designated as swing officials, up from three last season, who will move between crews through the season. Those swing officials…

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…