Per NBC’s Pro Football Talk, here are your proposed bylaw and rule changes to be voted on next week:
Red-flag rule will be revised. (Jim Schwartz rule)
A play that would have been automatically reviewed by instant replay will still be reviewed even if a coach throws his challenge flag. Any coach who challenges a play that he’s not permitted to challenge would be charged a timeout, and wouldn’t get his timeout back even if he wins the challenge, or would lose 15 yards if his team is out of timeouts. But the play itself will still be reviewed. Call this the Jim Schwartz Rule. The league will also consider reviewing incomplete passes that are ruled a fumble all the way through the fumble — if a play is ruled on the field to be incomplete and overturned on replay as a fumble, the replay can consider everything that happens after that fumble.
Instant replay: Ruling of incomplete pass would be reviewable through fumble.
Long-snapper on extra point and field goal would be a “defensless player” in an effort to avoid more potential injuries along the line.
On field goals and extra points, restrictions are added to what rush teams can do. No more than six defensive players would be permitted to align on either side of the snapper, defensive players can’t push their teammates across the line, and the long snapper is considered a defenseless player.
“Tuck Rule” would be eliminated. Arm moving forward + loss of possession = incomplete pass. Ball being brought back to the body + loss of possession = fumble.
No forcible blows with helmet outside of the tackle box.
Initiating contact with the crown of the helmet is a foul if the runner or tackler delivers a forceable blow against his opponent when both players are outside the tackle box.
Tight ends can wear the number 40-49.
You only have to retain a player claimed via waivers for one day. (old rule was two)
Final cut-down date may be adjusted to accomodate potential Wednesday season-opener.
Thigh and knee pads would be mandatory.
League office will be more aggressive and proactive regarding field maintenance. (FedEx Field rule)
Fields must be maintained up to NFL standards, and the league can require clubs to maintain their fields up to the league’s high standards, at the club’s expense.
The final of these rules and bylaws is a result of Robert Griffin III shredding his knee on national television during the Redskins Wild Card matchup versus Seattle. These proposed regulations and rules will be voted on next week for confirmation.
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