It has become a yearly practice for the NFL to adjust the rules of their game to make the product the best it can be. Every year the NFL Competition Committee looks over proposals from individual teams for changes, albeit additions or subtractions, to the current rules.
In 2016, the NFL faces several changes to the rules which could make the game policed differently, and the overall game change. Whether these changes are for the better or not is debatable, but the ever-evolving NFL will continue to do so to not only protect their athletes, but also to provide the best, and most exciting, product for fans around the globe.
Here are the potential rule changes for the upcoming football season:
(Editor's Note: Take notice of who is proposing the rule changes)
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.
4. By Competition Committee; Disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for
certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.
5. By Competition Committee; Changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting
from a free kick to the 25-yard line.
6. By Baltimore; to amend Rule 5, Sections 3, Articles 1 and 2 (Changes in Position) to
require players to wear jersey vests with numbers appropriate for their positions.
7. By Baltimore; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, Articles 1, 4, and 5 (Instant Replay) to
provide each team with three challenges and expand reviewable plays.
8. By Buffalo; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, Articles 1, 4, and 5 (Instant Replay) to permit a
coach to challenge any official's decision except scoring plays and turnovers.
9. By Carolina; to amend Rule 8, Section 2, Article 1 (Intentional Grounding) to expand the
definition of intentional grounding.
10. By Kansas City; to amend Rule 14, Section 2, Article 1 (Half-distance Penalty) to add
penalty yards to the distance needed to gain a First Down.
11. By Kansas City; to amend Rule 8, Section 1, Article 2 (Legal Forward Pass) to prohibit
quarterbacks from falling to the ground, getting up, and throwing a forward pass.
12. By Minnesota; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, Article 1 (Coaches' Challenge) to eliminate the
requirement that a team be successful on each of its first two Instant Replay challenges in
order to be awarded a third challenge.
13. By Washington; to amend Rule 16, Section 1, Articles 1, 4, 6 and 7 (Overtime
procedures) to eliminate overtime periods in preseason games.
14. By Washington; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, Article 4 (Reviewable Plays) to subject
personal foul penalties to Instant Replay review.
15. By Washington; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, Article 1 (Coaches' Challenge) to eliminate
the requirement that a team be successful on each of its first two Instant Replay challenges
in order to be awarded a third challenge.
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.