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NFL Adopts Rule Changes

Posted Mar 22, 2016

League approves seven rule changes, including complete removal of the chop block, at Annual Meeting.

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Below are the playing rules proposals that were adopted by NFL clubs at the Annual Meeting:

1. By Competition Committee; 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.
 
2. By Competition Committee; 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.
 
3. By Competition Committee; Makes all chop blocks illegal.

General manager Dave Gettleman's take on the removal of the chop block: "I’m glad it’s out. You hate to see guys get hurt and it’s going to force people to be better players. The chop block to me was kind of a lazy way out, at times. It’s going to force them to be better players."

16. By Competition Committee; Expands the horse collar rule to include when a defender grabs the jersey at the name plate or above and pulls a runner toward the ground.
 
17. By Competition Committee; Makes it a foul for delay of game when a team attempts to call a timeout when it is not permitted to do so.
 
18. By Competition Committee; 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.
 
19. By Competition Committee; Eliminates multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.