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Extra point rule changes aren’t dead yet – owners to reconsider in May

Extra point rule changes are a solution in search of a problem Commentary by Mark Schultz At the recently concluded NFL Competition Committee meetings, the committee proposed to change the extra point rules (PAT), but tabled any votes on the subject when members could not reach a consensus.  The NFL will reconsider changing the PAT…

NFL may consider wiping out touchdowns if player taunts during live ball

NCAA rule on Competition Committee agenda There was quite a bit of chatter in the aftermath of Seattle Seahawks’ wide receiver Golden Tate’s over the top taunting on his way to the end zone and a Seahawks’ touchdown (video).   The NFL fined Tate $7,875 for his unsportsmanlike conduct and the officials penalized Tate’s foul on the…

Pereira: Officials botch two penalty enforcements in Week 3

Last year it was a rash of inadvertent whistles.  This year the officials are having trouble enforcing penalties.  Former NFL vice president for officiating and current Fox Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira says the officials missed two penalty enforcements in two different games on Sunday. Pereira broke down the play in Minneapolis where Bill Leavy’s crew…

Ball carriers subject to a foul if they use helmet as a battering ram

2013 rule changes In what will be the most scrutinized rule change this season, the NFL has modified the rules that will restrict ball carriers from using their helmets to inflict punishment on would-be tacklers.   Starting this year, ball carriers are not allowed to lower their heads and initiate contact with a defender with…