For an offense that is not very good to start, like the Miami Dolphins, the NFL has seen fit to change some of it’s rules that, help the defense. While many fans and defenses alike will be applauding the new rules, struggling offenses and most of the others as well will not. Life for the middle of the road “O’s” just got a little harder. Here are a few of this years new rule changes.
Remember that rule that gave a 5 yard face-mask penalty? It’s gone. No more incedental face-mask unless the opposing player holds on to it, twists it, or grabs it. This does not apply to illegal hands to the face…offensive lineman take note.
Remember that rule that allowed a WR to get credit for a catch when he was pushed out of bounds? Gone. Now, a WR must get both feet down in bounds to get credit for a catch. The defender can push the WR out of bounds but can not wrap him up and drive him out…that will still be a catch. Bye-bye force out.
Rember that rule that allowed the winner of the coin toss to select whether they wanted to kick or receive? Well now they can defer that choice to the second half allowing themselves to receive the kickoff in the second half where it is likely more important.
Remember that rule that allowed the QB to wear a headset in his helmet? Well, now so can the defense. Two players can designated to wear the transmitter on the defensive side of the ball, however only one player can be on the field at one time, if both players are on the field, there will be a 5 yard penalty. There is no word on whether or not a player could simply wear another helmet that has no transmitter, and there is no word yet on how the New England Patriots plan to steal those signals or block them during games at Gillette Stadium.