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Competition Committee announces proposed rule changes and bylaws

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on March 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm with 43 Comments »
March 19, 2014 1:50 pm

These will be voted on next week by the owners at the league’s meeting:

Rule change proposals:

1. Move the kickoff to the 40-yard line.

2. Expand instant replay to include personal foul penalties.

3. Eliminate overtime in the preseason.

4. Extend the goal posts an additional five feet above the cross bar.

5. Move the line of scrimmage for one-point extra point kicks to the defensive team’s 25-yard line. Two-point conversion attempts would still be snapped from the 2-yard line.

6. Put six cameras on all boundary lines — sideline, goal line, end line, to guarantee coverage for replay reviews.

7. Permit a coach to challenge any official’s decision, except scoring plays which are automatically reviewed.

8. Protect players from getting the sides of their legs rolled up on — the rule already says a blocker can’t hit an opponent in the back of the legs, this proposal will add “or side” to the rule.

9. Allow the referee to consult with members of the NFL officiating department during replay reviews. The referee would be able to speak with the command center in New York to help in reviewing a play.

10. Re-organize the rules about what can be reviewed and what cannot be reviewed, including making the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play reviewable. (This is being referred to as the NaVorro Bowman rule for obvious reasons to Seattle and San Francisco fans.)

11. Don’t stop the clock on a sack.

12. Modify pass interference so that it can be called within one yard of the line of scrimmage. (This is a change the Seahawks’ cornerbacks certainly don’t want to pass. As of now: “Within this five-yard zone, a defensive player may chuck an eligible player in front of him. A defensive player is allowed to maintain continuous and unbroken contact within the five-yard zone until a point when the receiver is even with the defender.”).

13. Enforce defensive fouls behind the line of scrimmage from the previous spot, rather than from the end of the run or from the spot of the foul.

Bylaw proposals:

1. Raise the number of active players on game day from 46 to 49 for regular-season games played on a day other than Sunday or Monday, excluding Week One.

2. Raise the practice squad limit from eight players to 10 players.

3. Permit clubs to trade players prior to the start of the league year.

4. Eliminate the cut-down to 75 players during training camp and instead just have one cut-down from 90 players to 53 players.

5. Permit more than one player to return to the active list from injured reserve so that any player on injured reserve could return after six weeks.

6. Permit each club to time and test up to 10 draft-eligible players at its facility, and allow any club that wishes to attend timing and testing at another team’s facility.

7. Adjust the time of the roster reduction from 53 after the fourth preseason game from 6 p.m. Eastern to 4 p.m. Eastern. All teams would have to have their list of final cuts in by 4 p.m.

Resolution proposal:

1. Permit a home team with a retractable roof to open or close its roof at halftime, instead of having to determine at the start of the game whether it is open or closed.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Kickoffs to the 40? Just eliminate them altogether. That’s what the league is eventually going to do anyway at this rate.

    Aside from that, no OT in preseason is good, extending the uprights is good, but the PI is awful and so too #8. While it attempts to protect the players, and rightfully, getting rolled up on the side is nearly always an accident. The players are well aware how vulnerable their knees are to that sort of blow and already try and avoid it. There is no need to slow the game down with penalties there, IMO.

  2. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Rule 12 would just about end defense all together. The rules are already so in favor of the offense, you can’t touch the QB and now the receivers. Maybe the running backs can wear flags so they don’t get hit as well. Another decade of Goodell and the game will need to called something else.

  3. Singularitarian says:
  4. FleaFlicker says:

    Since they’re going to adjust the roster size, they should make a special rule for the Super Bowl. Allow all 53 guys plus the practice squad to suit up. I felt bad for Michael Bowie after starting a few games and helping in the playoffs to have to watch as a spectator.

    MoSeahawk12: let’s hope that 1 yard PI rule gets left in the dust bin where it belongs. That is a fundamental change to defense. I’m with you. Leave it alone!

  5. banosser says:

    The PI rule may also stem from a NE game late in the yr (can’t remember which one) were their dbs litterally tackled the TE and slot receiver.. not allowing them to even get off the line at all.. it was extremely blatant

  6. Ray_Maines says:

    I’ll never understand why a coach can’t throw Challenge Flags all afternoon as long as he’s right and the ref’s are wrong. Kind of like foul balls in baseball.

  7. Southendzone says:

    Banosser, same as in the NYJ vs ATL game also earlier in the season. They would lock up 2 guys on Gonzales and he couldn’t go anywhere.

    You know rule 12 was sponsored by Harbaugh, what a p….

  8. Are these rules an attempt to improve the game, or an attempt to keep Seahawks from repeating as world champs?

  9. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Speaking of one of the best defensive players out there. Here is some behind the scenes from Richard Sherman’s Nike commercial that aired during playoffs. He’s after Kobe.

  10. Ray_Maines says:

    It seems to me that Roger Goodell, like most management types, would prefer a separate rule or policy to cover every conceivable situation. Most of us, and certainly most athletes would prefer a smaller rule book and depend more on common sense, fairly applied.

    The following article says (among other things) the use of the dreaded N-word is covered under Unsportsmanship Like Conduct rules, and a new rule isn’t needed.

    Ray says: Sadly, that would let referees use their best judgement as to what was or wasn’t abusive behavior and Roger Goodell and most owners, and maybe most coaches, don’t want any part of that. In this stupid PC world of ours, where the most hyper sensitive person on Earth is the common denominator, you can just bet there will in time be some sort of policy regarding this word.

    As an aside: I’d be happy if the N-word just went entirely away. In my Utopian dream of things, there would be children, both black and white, that were born in 2020 that grew up never ever hearing that stupid, ugly word. Term of hatred? Term of endearment? It’s ALL gone in my perfect dream.

  11. Couple of these make sense. Most are total idiocy and belong in the garbage pail. You said it Dukeshire.

  12. WilliamPercival says:

    Another reason to be excited about the future..

    I was curious as to Compensatory Picks and how they are awarded. It’s always been a bit of a mystery to me how they work. This article was insightful:

    Based on similar contracts, it appears we’re to receive no less than the below noted picks for lost players at this point. Assuming we pick up one more impactful signing that is a UFA, one of these 6th rd picks will fall off.

    McDonald: $3mil – 6th rd pick

    Thurmond: $3.5mil – 6th rd pick

    Giacomini: $4.5 mil – 6th rd pick

    Tate: $6.25 mil – 5th rd pick

    Browner: $4.1 mil – 6th rd pick

    Maragos: $1.35mil – 7th rd pick

    All of these guys are going to either start or have substantial playing time, which could turn the above mentioned round into a higher pick by one round based on snaps and awards/recognition in 2014 season.

    Not unrealistic to see us getting (1) 4th, (2) 5th and (2) 6th rd picks in 2015!

    Pretty cool stuff considering the success we’ve had in the middle/later rounds during the PC/JS era.

  13. Raising the uprights is a no brainer. It does not not change any rule, it only clarifies the existing rule. They should go up 10 feet.

    This past season there were at least 2 or 3 kicks that might have been ruled differently.

  14. CDHawkFan says:

    WP, I think the most comp picks a team can have is 4 (even if losing more players than that).

    But a couple of 5th and 2 6th would be nice.

  15. CDHawkFan says:

    Wonder if these rules will then have to change in college. I know its not automatic that a NFL rule would cause college to change as there are currently differences, but if I was a kicker in college, wouldn’t you want to be tested/practice under the rules of where you would like to end up?

    Isn’t college baseball now wooden bats, though the 3 point line is shorter in hoops isn’t it?

  16. ospreyLV says:

    Resolution proposal.

    Close the thing when weather requires.

    If Im getting wet idiot, use your imagination

  17. Southendzone says:

    Correct, most comp picks is 4, and when we sigb Jared Allen its gonna wipe one out

  18. jawpeace says:

    Total garbage moving the kickoff…. Here is some ideas I proposed in a email. Don’t know if anyone ever got it or read it.

    Dear Mr. Goodell, with the winter meetings approaching and every year improvements to the game are discussed here are some of my ideas that feel would help the game and its focus on player safety.

    With a new strong emphasis on player safety especially in the area of head concussions. Rules have been made for the safety of the game. What I propose is an adaption of current roster rules. Currently the roster is 53 with eight players being inactive every game. My thought is if in the course of a game a player is knocked out of the game with a concussion.(maybe any serious injury) The team will then be able to activate a player of the same position off the inactive list QB, RB, WR/TE, OL, DL, LB, and DB. This will have the benefit of the player going out knowing that his absence won’t hurt the team as much. Which should help alleviate players feeling guilty about their absence. Perhaps players will be more accepting of their condition and not lie about their current state. Plus every player even those who are inactive has a chance to play.

    In addition to this, consider a rule where the defender if he committed a personal foul on a hit that caused the offensive player to leave the game with a head injury. The defender has to leave the game simultaneously and miss as many plays as the hurt player. If the offensive player is knocked out of the game with a concussion then the offending defender is also out of the rest of the game. The defensive player can also be replaced with an inactive player. This will have several benefits. It would create an instant accountability besides the 15 yard penalty. In addition defenders will avoid head hunting knowing that they will suffer a similar consequence as their victim in missing the current game or a number of plays.
    Also consider with a high penalty attached to a roughing penalty. The coach should have the ability to challenge the hit. As I have seen defenders use their shoulder with no contact to the head get flagged. Also if the offensive player ducks right before the hit and what would have been a hit to the chest instead hits the head the defender should not be penalized. (I know this might not be realistic in the high speed world of the NFL and be too difficult for the Refs to judge fairly and accurately.)

    My last idea is an IR just for concussions. A player who has been diagnosed with a concussion can be placed on CIR (Concussion Injured Reserve) And not be counted on the active roster for the duration of his stay. The NFL has independent Doctors for each team. Who monitor a player and test him giving him clearance to play or denying it. These protocols will make it difficult for teams to cheat using the temporary CIR as a place to stash players. A great benefit is teams that take care of their players and don’t rush them back after a concussion, will not be at a disadvantage by losing a roster spot on a player that is not going to play. This new CIR designation will benefit both the team and the player.

    Thank you for reading and considering this email.
    Mr. Wagner

  19. grizindabox24 says:

    McDonald does not count towards comp picks. As noted, the max number a team can get is 4.

  20. vichawkfan says:

    @TheMichaelGrey: Jared Allen is reportedly coming back for a 2nd visit. What seals the deal? Let him toss a fish? Seaplane ride? Starbucks card? #Seahawks

  21. Love Allen as a player. I don’t care if Bennett can switch inside, I never hated Hutch for not being able to play LT. Allen is better at what he does than Bennett is at what he does and they are paying Bennett big bucks. You guys will love Allen in a Seahawks uniform and he’ll probably double in sacks what Bennett has in ’14 (and I think Bennett is good). If we can add Allen and Hill can develop like I think he’s going to, you may be able to watch a great defense get even better.

  22. I like all of the proposed rule changes except for numbers 1 and 12. Number one would definitely hurt the Hawks and Percy Harvin. Just get rid of the kickoff all together if you’re going to kick from the 40, like Duke said. I think they should leave it alone.

    Number 12 is BS. The offense has enough advantages.

    Like the expansion and tweaking of instant replay.

  23. grizindabox24 says:

    BobbyK has a mancrush

  24. YES!!!!! Sign Jared Allen already! He is a badass mtfkr!! Maybe then I won’t be ckecking this sh*t 20 times a day.

  25. Rule change proposals:

    1. – I want to see injury stats as to why they want to take the kick- off away it makes no sense

    2. Expand instant replay to include personal foul penalties. – Not sure what they want with this

    3. Do it!!

    4. Do it – fine whatever

    5. NO _ NO NO – why move the extra point? We have made it WAY easier for a QB to make a pass but we have to make it harder for a kicker to kick? STUPID RULE – They they have to kick from the 25 they should get 3 points – PERIOD

    6. Put six cameras on all boundary lines —ABOUT TIME

    9. Allow the referee to consult with members of the NFL officiating department during replay reviews. \
    I like this one – I actually want to see the on field official ONLY PART of the decision- The replay official should have as much or more say than the on field official.

    10. Re-organize the rules about what can be reviewed and what cannot be reviewed, including making the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play reviewable. (This is being referred to as the NaVorro Bowman rule for obvious reasons to Seattle and San Francisco fans.) IS this already done?

    11. Don’t stop the clock on a sack. What should it stop – it’s technically running yards isn’t it?

    12. This rule might single handedly make me not renew my season tickets!!! and totally lower my interest in the NFL. It is NOT a safety issue in any way shape or form. JUST STUPID

  26. MNHawk – I drove through Buffalo Lake Saturday night (went to the Wild game). lol

    I’m sure that you watch plenty of Viking games and can attest that Allen still has it when it comes to getting to the QB.

    I do have a mancrush on Allen because I think he’s a phenominal pass rusher.

    I do not have a mancrush on Allen if it jeopardizes the ability of the organization to lock up both Sherm and ET. I know teams can be shifty on how they do things so I only support and Allen signing with the understanding that there’s no way Sherm and ET won’t be Seahawks for life (or at least up to the point in their careers where they are hanging on and go hang on with some other team).

  27. montanamike2 says:

    If he sees Seattle as a way to increase his value after a SB ring, it obviously does, he could sign 1 yr at a discounted rate and we’d all be happy. I don’t get it, isn’t a championship what it’s all about especially after you’ve already made mega bucks?

  28. grizindabox24 says:

    montanamike, my guess it is neither a 1 yr deal or a discounted rate.

  29. If I was him and was greedy about the money, I’d sign a 1-year deal with the Hawks, play with a lead most of the year, pin my ears back most of the time since I had that lead, and end up with close to 20 sacks (or more like two years ago when he had 22 sacks). Then teams will be willing to pay him more because they are too stupid to realize this off-season that he played on a crappy defense this past year and that had “nothing” to do with him “only” having 11.5 sacks.

  30. It’s easy to say “Sign for a discount with the ‘Hawks! You’ll get a ring!” JA knows that there aint no guarantees. Except for the signing bonus!

  31. vichawkfan says:

    If it happens…..prediction 4 years 12 guaranteed 32 mill

  32. montanamike2 says:

    I am glad Ware and Melton are off the board already, if i had to choose a FA i think Allen makes the most sense.

  33. Just say no to Allen at anything more than what Bennet got last year

  34. montanamike2 says:

    Agreed, don’t break the bank at the cost of our future stars.

  35. grizindabox24 says:

    xcman, if Allen signs, it will be for more than Bennett got last year

  36. Hammajamma says:

    Moving the PAT to increase kickers influence on the outcome?

  37. Great proposals jawpiece…
    what about a slight mod?

    Team A’s starting flanker WR is knocked out of the game with an injury (other than a concussion) by Team B’s starting SS. Even if the hit is called legal on the field, make Team B bench their starting flanker for as long as Team A’s starting flanker sits. Same goes for other positions.
    If the injury is a concussion, both Team A’s player who suffered the concussion, and Team B’s matching player have to sit for the rest of the game. If the hit is legal (per the refs) nothing is done to the player who made the hit, but if the hit was illegal, that player is also required to sit out the game. Emphasis would be on player safety, and flexibility of backups being able to play multiple positions. It might end up looking a little like the replacement games back when…

  38. Bobbyk–Bennett really picked up his pace the last half of last season. I expect him to get 11 sacks this year. There’s now freaking way Allen even doubles Bennetts sack totals from LAST year, thats some serious hyperbole, dude!

    Bennett also was one of the best in the league at qb pressures, with 24 or something like that. Sacks arent the whole story. Ill take Bennett over a lot of the guys that had over 10 sacks because he has more pressures/disruption, and its all about disruption.

    Allen is not the player Bennett is; he’s a one-trick pony that is slowing down. Bennett does a LOT of things right. In my mind, he’s one of the most disruptive lineman in the NFL, because he causes havoc at DT as well as at DE, and he is very good vs the run.

    Allen is not that much better at his one trick than Bennett is at several. Thats why its been a bigger priority for Seattle to get Bennett than to sign Allen, because Bennett is far more valuable.

    Like I said, if PC and JS dont trust what they have at DE, and want to chase Allen, then by all means I hope we get him. But Ive never liked the guy and Im going to withhold judgement and/or celebration until after his first season here.

  39. You really expect Allen to get 16.5 sacks this year Bobbyk?! Thats pretty funny!

  40. steffonator says:

    Guys can anyone tell me why there are 53 players on a team but only 46 suit up? Doesn’t make sense to me. We’re paying them, why not let them play. Alot of guys play hurt because theres no one to replace them. We’re paying guys “not” to play. Thanks.

  41. doubledink says:

    I’ve been asking for #6 forever. A total no-brainer.

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