NFL teams and the league's competition committee submitted their rule change proposals for the upcoming season as NFL owners are set to meet to discuss what's best for the league. The proposals were sent in earlier this week, but made public on Thursday.
The league will consider 15 new rules, sixnew bylaws and threenewresolutions. Some of the proposals make sense, and have already been made public. But there are plenty of others that are interesting and are worth further explanation.
Below are five we found that stuck out.
Redskins want to opt out of Color Rush jerseys
The Redskins' Color Rush jerseys look like a container of mustard, and they don't want to be seen wearing the uniform. So, as a bylaw proposal, the team submitted the following:By Washington; Amends Article XIX, Sections 19.8(B) and 19.9(B) to permit clubs to opt out of the “color rush” jerseys created for Thursday Night Football.
So far the Redskins haven't had to wear their Color Rush jerseys, and it looks like they don't ever plan to. NFL owners probably don't care too much about fashion, so it's hard to see how this one ends up.
Eagles want another helmet design
Staying in the fashion department, the Eagles submitted a proposal which, in their words, "permits clubs to have an alternate helmet in a color to match their third uniform." This is a good proposal because many of the helmets don't match teams' alternate uniforms.
Take the Bengals last year for example. Their all-white Color Rush uniforms were widely praised because they were pretty awesome. But due to NFL rules they had to wear orange helmets, and it just looked awkward.
If Cincinnati could wear white-and-black helmets instead, it would tie the whole outfit together.
NFL plans to fix loophole discovered by John Harbaugh
Makes it Unsportsmanlike Conduct to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock
Although the rule doesn't mention John Harbaugh by name, this rule essentially eliminates a loophole discovered by the Ravens coach. Harbaugh utilized it last season against the Bengals and also previously in the Super Bowl.
smart play by the ravens - they hold every member of the bengals on the final play so they can run out the clock easily and win pic.twitter.com/G4h6YxwFfh— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) November 27, 2016
Essentially they commit fouls to run out the clock, and while the game can't end on a defensive penalty, itcanend on an offensive one. The competition committee is seeking to eliminate such a manipulation.
Redskins want to be rewarded for kickoff through uprights
This rule proposal delighted me the most because I always felt there should be some sort of reward for getting the ball through the uprights on a kickoff. The league has been punishing kickers over the last few seasons, so they may as well give them something to show off their skills.
The reward is minimal: Instead of thetouchback going to the 25-yard line, it will be moved five yards back to the 20. While five yards may not seem like a lot, it could make teams decide if they want to attempt an uprights-kick or try to pin the return inside the 20.
Eagles want to define foul better after controversial play
Last season, receiver Jordan Matthews suffered a big hit by Falcons linebacker Keanu Neal. There was no foul on the play, but Neal was fined $24,000 by the league later that week. In an effort to better define what's legal, the Eagles proposed the following: Expands the “crown of helmet” foul to include “hairline” part of helmet.
It is a foul if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top/crown of his helmet against an opponent when both players are clearly outside the tackle box
This explains the hit on Matthews last season pretty well as Neal took the top of his helmet and hit the receiver in the facemask.
The hit was so hard that the Eagles had to replace the facemask on Matthews because it was bent so much.