It is here. The NFL is ready to start its 103rd season and there are several things I'm looking for as I zebra-watch this fall. 1. New referee Tra Blake is the new referee, replacing the retired Tony Corrente. Blake is a referee in his third NFL season after spending his rookie
Embed from Getty Images Starting this season, the NFL will not allow the offense to milk the clock in the fourth quarter by intentionally fouling. The New England Patriots invented the tactic. The Patriots got a taste of their own medicine during last year's wildcard playoff with the Tennessee Titans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTsvc9pkZ04 Clock starts on
http://gty.im/915747282 The NFL Competition Committee is consideringÂ several rule changes, first reported by Mark Maske of theÂ Washington Post,Â that would change how instant replay impacts the game. The committee will formally announce it's proposals Friday. NFL owners will meet in April to formally vote on the rule changes. 24 out of 32 owners
Defenseless player protections are being extended to the intended receiver on a pass after an interception or potential interception under a new provision this year. This provision closes a hole in the safety of receivers who already are considered defenseless while attempting to catch a pass or while completing the
https://youtu.be/aGffYc5eXnA Sept. 10, 1978 Raiders at Chargers Quarterback Ken Stabler deliberately (according to his own admission and to those who have eyes) fumbled the ball forward, and carnival-like antics by the Oakland Raiders propelled the ball towards an end-zone recovery. The game-winning touchdown over the San Diego Chargers counted as the clock expired.
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. Â Starting this year, ball carriers are not allowed to lower their heads and initiate contact with
After Further Review: Training Camp edition Partial officiating squads traveled to training camps this week to explain the new rules and answer questions about interpretations. Bill Leavy was in Rams camp with FJ Boris Cheek, HL John McGrath, SJ Keith Parham. Also, HL Patrick Turner from the league's developmental squad was in