Yesterday we wrote about the proposed rule changes for the 2012 NFL season, and today the owners voted to approve several of the competition committee’s proposals. In order to pass, the proposals required votes from at least 24 of the league’s 32 owners.
The following five rule changes will be enacted for the 2012 season:
- All games that go into overtime will use what had been the postseason overtime rules. This means that both teams will get at least one possession – unless the first team to possess the ball scores a touchdown on its initial drive.
- Instant replay reviews of all turnovers will now be automatic – just as all scoring plays are now automatically reviewed.
- Penalties for having two many men lined up on the field prior to a snap will now be enforced as dead ball penalties, rather than allowing the play to proceed. The Giants took advantage of the previous rule by using 12 defenders during the Patriots’ last-minute drive in Super Bowl XLVI.
- Crack-back blocks on defensive players that are lined up more than two yards outside the offensive tackle at the snap are now illegal. This is designed to help improve player safety.
- Illegally kicking a loose football is now a loss-of-down penalty.
Four proposals were tabled until the league’s next meeting session in May:
- A roster exemption for one player who has suffered a concussion. This is designed to give teams more short-term roster options to replace injured players without placing them on injured reserve.
- A shorter injured-reserve option, which would allow clubs to bring one player back from the injured reserve list after at least eight weeks. This would allow a player who is injured early in the year to recover and return to the roster later in the season.
- Moving the trade deadline back two weeks. Currently the trade deadline is six weeks into the season.
- Expanding training camp roster limits to 90 players. The current roster size for training camp is 80.
What are your thoughts on these changes?
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