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NFL Competition Committee Recommending Rule Changes

The Tom Brady rule, ahem, the “tuck rule” may be a thing of the past if the NFL competition committee has a say in it.  The leagues CompComm has set forth new proposed changes to the NFL rules which will be handed to the owners for voting at next weeks owners meeting.

According to ProFootballTalk.com the changes are as follows.  Note:  This information is directly from Profootballtalk.com


1. A play that would have been automatically reviewed by instant replay will still be reviewed even if a coach throws his challenge flag.

2. Player safety: 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.

3. Eliminate the tuck rule.

4. Allow tight ends and H-backs to wear 40-49.

5. Player safety: Offensive players will not be allowed to block low when going toward their own end lines in the tackle box. Can’t go low when peeling back anywhere on the field.

6. Player safety: 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.

For more proposed changes visit ProFootballtalk.com


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