The NFL officiating department took the unusual, but not unprecedented, step of adding an approved ruling to the current casebook, effective for the postseason. Small tweaks have been made in the past entering the postseason, which is deemed to be equitable when everyone's record resets to 0-0. Last season, we
In the process of updating the rulebook, there are the major rule changes approved by the owners and additional language updates to other parts of the rules related to those changes. Occasionally, there are other wording changes that clear up an ambiguity or use different language that better describes the
In trying to keep ball carriers from being blown up this year, the NFL has directed officials to blow an early whistle to help prevent injuries.
The NFL wants officials to sound the whistle and shut down a play when the runner or quarterback is wrapped up. Usually the officials wait
The new "use of the helmet" rules are already fundamentally changing the way the game is played without a doubt. Although surging in the first week of preseason, the number of flags thrown for the new rule normalized, and as we enter the regular season, there is promise that there
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The new NFL "use of the helmet" rule is receiving about as warm of a reaction as one could have expected it to since preseason games kicked on on August 2nd earlier this month. Reactions have ranged from mildly
Colts safety Shamarko Thomas became the unwitting test case for the new helmet rule, as he was ejected in the fourth quarter of the first preseason game against the Seahawks. The helmet-to-helmet contact foul is the first ejection of the 2018 season.
Thomas's hit is in a rare category. Football Zebras and
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A wording change in the rules would not reverse the touchdown that was controversially taken away from Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins last season.
The play in question had Seferian-Jenkins, who had clear possession and had completed the catch process, running toward the end zone. As he
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It's a cold December day, the snow is falling, and a winning field goal attempt is about to take place. But now, don't ask the grounds crew to come out and shovel the snow out of the way for the kicker. In the recent release of the
After punting the issue at the annual meeting in March, NFL owners passed a resolution to prevent players from protesting on the field during the National Anthem.
In deference to the reader's intelligence, I will forego summarizing how we got to this point.
Decisions will be left up to the team as
Below are the actions passed by the owners at their 2018 Spring Meeting in Atlanta. Each item is shown with the disposition of each proposal.
The playing rules proposals begin with 12, the next number after the ones considered in March.
*Items that were tabled at the Annual Meeting in March are