NFL owners voted on 19 proposed rule changes at this week’s league meetings in Boca Raton, Florida. The rule changes were presented by the Competition Committee, which Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy is a member of.
All proposals need to be approved by 24 of the 32 team owners to be passed. The following rule changes passed for the 2016 season, according to NFL.com:
– Permanently moves the line of scrimmage for Try kicks to the defensive team’s 15-yard line, and allows the defense to return any missed Try.
– Permits the offensive and defensive play callers on the coaching staffs to use the coach-to-player communication system regardless of whether they are on the field or in the coaches’ booth.
– Makes all chop blocks illegal.
– Expands the horse collar rule to include when a defender grabs the jersey at the nameplate or above and pulls a runner toward the ground.
– Makes it a foul for delay of game when a team attempts to call a timeout when it is not permitted to do so.
– Eliminates the five-yard penalty for an eligible receiver illegally touching a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself inbounds, and makes it a loss of down.
– Eliminates multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.
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