NFL Rules Updates for the 2016 Season

Written By: Christopher Thomas

March 23, 2016

And the offseason keeps rolling on. We’ve already seen the major moves in free agency and witnessed teams like the Jaguars not heed my advice and paying a premium for guys like Malik Jackson. Man do I know I will have to eat so much crow if this move pans out, and they did just bring in defensive coordinating legend Monte Kiffin..  That’s all okay though because we’re still talking about a 5th round draft pick who was a role player on a phenomenal overall defense. If you need some help in the personnel department, you can just ask Jacksonville, I’ve got you.

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk owners meeting. Every year the owners and brass from all 32 NFL teams come together to discuss the rules of the game. This year 9 rule changes were approved. Let’s get you up to speed.

Remember last season when all PAT attempts were pushed back to the 15 yard line? Well that’s permanent now.

Improved communication between players and coaches. Now on either side of the ball coaches can use communication systems from either the booth or the field.

Old school football takes another hit, just not below the knees. All chop blocks have now been deemed illegal, too many injuries.

This one is on a 1 year trial period. Any player who receives 2 unsportsmanlike fouls will be automatically ejected.  Vontaze Burfict, Odell..

This one is pretty technical and another 1 year trial. A touchback resulting from a free kick will now go to the 25 yard line. Yup, that’s important.

Again it becomes more difficult to be a defensive player in the NFL. Now a defender cannot tackle a player at the name plate or above and pull them towards the ground, that would be a horse collar. I thought MLB pitchers had it tough..

Taken from the rules of the NBA, it will now be a delay of game foul for an attempted timeout call when not permitted.

Instead of a 5 yard penalty for an eligible receiver illegally touching a forward pass and re-establishing themselves inbounds, it is now a loss of down.

This makes the ref’s lives a bit easier. There are no longer multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.

Here you have it folks, the exciting rule changes for the upcoming season. NFL draft on April 28-30th, Hall of Fame game Aug. 7th, and finally regular season kicks off on September 8th. I don’t know what I’d do without Game of Thrones to fill the void. Talk to me @R2Christopher, I’m bored. While you’re at it give the old Facebook page a like to stay up to date on all of our rambles.