Next week when the NFL meets in Florida for their annual meeting they will be considering 14 new rule changes. Some of them are major and much needed and many will go unnoticed. I personally like the Automatic Ejection for any player who receives two personal foul penalties in the one game rule. We can remember watching Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman continually battling it out during the Giants vs. Panthers game December 20, 2015. Both players might have been ejected had this rule been in place. Luckily no one was seriously hurt. And adding to that, rule number 4 to be voted on is The Redskins want the personal fouls to be reviewable, which makes sense. If we are going to review everything else and these personal fouls lead to suspensions, go ahead and make them reviewable. Yes, it is going to slow down the game some more, but just have another sip of beer while you wait. I would not want a bad call on this one. One rule which I hope does not pass, is the Bills want an unlimited number of challenges. Yikes! I say. The game would go on forever. Bill Belichick has long been a proponent of this, no surprise, but come on! At some point we need to let the referees make the call and let it stand.
Here is another rule which I hope does not pass. The Kansas City Chiefs are sponsoring this rule and are calling it the Peyton Manning Rule. Remember during the playoffs back in January, there was a play where Manning fell down, then got back up and threw a 34-yard pass. Well, under this new rule, it could never happen again. Once a quarterback is down, he would be prohibited from throwing a forward pass. Sounds like “sour grapes” to me. I say if the defense was to slow to get to him and did not touch him, let him get up and keep playing. And please, while I am not taking away any of Peyton Manning’s accomplishments in his football career, please do not name a rule after him. Just research his performance at Tennessee, which involved lying, cover-ups from his family, and defamation of Dr. Jamie Naughright.
Some of the rules are just making what rules already exist, permanent. The extra point rule, believe it or not, was only changed for one year. This means there’s no extra point rule on the books for 2016. This will likely pass and be made permanent, which means kickers will now kick the extra point from the 33-yard line.
And most of the other rules really would not bother you or I one way or another. Letting the coaches and players watch video on the sideline to me, makes no difference. At present, they are only allowed to watch still pictures. They are trying to change the rule to allow video into the mix.
All this will be taking place at the annual league meetings March 20-23 in Boca Raton, Florida. For a proposal to become an NFL rule, it has to get a “yes” vote from 24 of the league’s 32 owners. Stay tuned.