Below are the proposals under consideration by the owners at the 2016 Owners Meeting, shown with the disposition of each proposal.
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 be designated for coach—player communication system (CC) – PASSED
- All chop blocks illegal (CC) – PASSED
- For certain unsportsmanlike conduct fouls, eject on 2nd offense (CC) – PASSED for 2016 season only
- Touchback line after kickoffs to the 25-yd line (CC) — PASSED for 2016 season only
- Require eligible and ineligible reporting players to wear pinnies (BAL) — FAILED
- Increase challenges to 3, challenge after 2:00 & OT, and make all plays challengeable with exceptions (BAL) — TABLED for consideration by the Competition Committee to refine in May (see below)
- Challenge any decision except for scoring plays and turnovers (BUF) — FAILED
- Remove “realistic chance of completion” definition from intentional grounding rules (CAR) — FAILED
- Adjust first-down distance if offense is assessed a half-distance foul >5 yards (KC) — WITHDRAWN
- Forward passes illegal for players who have touched the ground earlier in the down (KC) – WITHDRAWN
- Third challenge earned when 1 is successful (MIN) — FAILED
- No overtime in preseason (WAS) — WITHDRAWN
- Personal fouls reviewable (WAS) — FAILED
- Increase challenges to 3 (WAS) — FAILED
- Horse-collar tackles include grabbing the name plate on the jersey (CC) – PASSED
- Charge a delay of game if officials erroneously grant 4th or 2 consecutive timeouts (CC) – PASSED
- Illegal touching of pass due to out-of-bounds player is penalized as if incomplete, loss of down (CC) – PASSED
- Double fouls after change of possession offset at spot of change, removing options (CC) – PASSED
- Increase Active List to 48 players (AZ) – TABLED
- Increase Active List to 49 players for short-week or international games (WAS) – TABLED
- Eliminate the 75 player roster cutdown (WAS) – TABLED
- Create an Exemption List/Concussion designation (WAS) – TABLED
- Shorten the window from 6 to 3 games before team may re-sign player who has injury settlement (MIN) — PASSED
- Extend Tuesday roster/salary adjustment deadline for Monday night teams (BUF) – TABLED
- Allow return from Injured Reserve to be exercised on player’s return, instead of declaring when listed (BUF) – TABLED
- Permit non-FBS conferences to hold Pro Days (CC) — TABLED
- Players on any Reserve list for minor injuries must be terminated or exposed to waivers (CC) — PASSED
- Teams may use video on sideline tablets for coaching purposes, instead of just still images (CC) — TABLED for consideration in May due to competitive concerns
- Make the ability to open or close retractable roof at halftime a permanent policy (IND) — FAILED; 2015 policy change, in effect for one season, is rescinded
- Institute an 8th official, effective in the 2017 season (CC) — presented as a recommendation, not as a proposal; no action taken
- Require officials to be full time (AZ) — No actionable proposal
- Funding for health and safety research — PASSED
- International games to be expanded to China in 2018, with the Rams designated the home team — PASSED; multiple teams are interested according to the commissioner
- L.A. Rams to be featured on HBO documentary series Hard Knocks — PASSED
4 thoughts on “Rules proposal scorecard: Which new NFL rules were passed for 2016?”
The personal foul limit is a no brainer. Glad to see them push it through.
At last, soemnoe comes up with the “right” answer!
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