Everything You Need to Know About the NFL's Rule Changes

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Everything You Need to Know About the NFL's Rule Changes
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Every year during the pre-spring doldrums around the NFL, team brass convene to show the world that football is a year-round sport that needs constant attention. And who’s to argue?

During these meetings the NFL competition committee announces rule changes that the league plans to install during the following season. Sometimes this process is a snooze fest, but recently there’s been a lot of debate surrounding these new rules.

The changes made to the rulebook at the 2013 Annual League Meeting in Phoenix brought on some serious fireworks.

The league passed six new rules this year.

It eliminated the “Tuck Rule,” changed the way special teams units could rush the kicker during field goals and extra points, banned “peel-back” blocks, changed part of the rules for head coaches when throwing challenge flags, altered the allowable jersey numbers for some position players and passed a rule disallowing ball-carriers from initiating contact with the crown of their helmet outside the tackle box.

How will these changes affect the game?

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