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Proposed Rule Changes For 2016 Season

Posted Mar 17, 2016

On Thursday, the NFL released the proposed rule changes for the 2016 season. These proposals come as recommendations from either the league’s Competition Committee or the NFL clubs themselves and will be voted on by the 32 owners at next week’s Owners Meetings in Boca Raton, Florida.

In total, 19 rule changes were proposed. Ten of them were proposed by the Committee, while nine were proposed by individual teams. None of these proposals came from the Eagles.

While the proposed changes cover a variety of different issues, the most popular topic is that of instant replay/coaches challenges. Baltimore proposed that all coaches be provided with three challenges while expanding what can and can’t be challenged. Similarly, Minnesota and Washington both separately proposed to eliminate the requirement that a team be successful on its first two challenges in order to be awarded a third.

There were also a number of proposals to change the penalty guidelines. Carolina proposed that the definition of intentional grounding be expanded, while the Committee proposed that horse collar penalties should also include when a defender grabs anywhere at the nameplate or above and pulls the runner toward the ground.

Last season, the most notable rule changed at the Owners Meetings dealt with moving the ball back to the 15-yard line for extra point attempts. This year, the Competition Committee has proposed to move the line of scrimmage after a free kick results in a touchback from the 20 to the 25-yard line. 

The complete list of proposed rule changes for the 2016 season can be found here.

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