Sifting through NFL.COM, I watched a new official review video. In the video, Vice President of Officiating Mike Pereira explained that there will be four rule changes voted upon at the NFL spring meetings.
Here are the rules as follows with a detailed break down:
- Onside Kick: Right now on the kicking team you must have four players on each side of the Kicker. The part that they want to change is return team. Owners will vote on this rule that states return teams can no longer line up in bunch formation. This rule was drawn up to keep player safety in check.
- Peel back: This will be a rule stating that neither defenders nor receivers will be able to peel off of one another to get open for the ball.
- Defenseless Receiver: This rule will also extend to player safety. A defender can no longer run into a receiver shoulder or head first into the head or neck area. They say too many receivers have injured their necks being hit like this.
- Bonus Rule = Overtime: Instead of having sudden death in overtime, some owners expressed that they'd like to see each team have a chance with the ball first. This would give each team a fair shot before it goes into sudden death overtime.
Here goes the link to the Video:
In my view of things it seems like the more rules that are applied the more pansy the game of football gets.