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New rules for 2015

The NFL has posted the video shown to the players at training camps explaining the rules changes and points of emphasis for 2015. You can download the 8½-minute video here.

A quick summary of the rule changes:

  • Point-after touchdown conversions will snap from the 15 for a kick and the 2 for a run or pass
  • The defense may recover and score on a point-after-touchdown attempt.
  • Clock errors at the expiration of the half greater than 1 second are reviewable with limitations
  • Pushing into the line on a punt is illegal just as on a field goal or extra-point kick
  • A receiver is in a defenseless posture from hits to the head/neck immediately following an interception
  • Chop block exceptions for H-backs and tight ends removed
  • Linebackers can be numbered 40-49
  • Players reporting ineligible must be in tight formation where a lineman ordinarily would be
  • Independent certified athletic trainers (ATC) may call for an injury timeout if a player exhibits concussion symptoms
  • Retractable roofs may be opened at halftime if certain weather conditions are met (2015 season only)

10 comments for “Rules

  1. Dennis Law
    February 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Early in the 2012 season on Monday night the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks when the Packer defender appeared to have intercepted the pass in the endzone. There was actually 2 calls one call which was for the reception and subsequently a touchdown and the other was for the interception. Why is it that the interception call seemed to be completely ignored? And the other call the only call that was recognized. Both calls seemed to be made by officials.

  2. Bob
    February 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I read taht the NFL can hire seven new, non-union officials a year. But with a roster of 121 and a workforce that must have anaverage age of around 50 turnover is probably over seven a year. So does the NFL hire seven non-union officials and then a couple union officilas at more money. Becasue I bet you the non-union guys will make less. Does anyone know how that will work?

  3. Mark Schultz
    February 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    My guess, and granted, it’s only a guess, is that seven CURRENT NFL officials will be asked to become full-time officials. I don’t think they will expand their roster to 128 officials.

  4. Vic
    August 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Where is 2013 rule book and case book? Can you get the spiral bound copies from nfl. I used to send away for them. In January you answered my question about the roster and numbers of all the officials like they are in the rule book you indicated that you will be doing a page for each set of officials this year. Will it happen? Thank you

  5. hanknaples
    August 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    The Holmes “Fumble” VS. the 49ers has been, and continues to be, a HOT topic of discussion in our Jets Blog!!

    Can you please give us the Official decision on this play and whether or not it could’ve been considered a “pass to the enemy” ??

  6. July 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    how does a person become an NFL REFEREE

  7. M j Potter
    November 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    You need to (a) go to the NFL website and they have a set procedure to follow–you at least have to have 10 years in at the hs/college/semi-pro level (verifiable), and (b) submit a resume. Good luck.

  8. January 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Can you guys please post the 2014 Rulebook?

  9. Couch Zebra
    September 2, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Woo-hoo! NFL Operations has posted the 2015 rule book, including a PDF version!

  10. Ben Austro
    Ben Austro
    September 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm


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