NFL Rule Changes That Altered the Game Forever
The Lyle Alzado Rule
Lyle Alzado was a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end who played a violent game violently.
He was extremely active, racking up over 1,000 tackles and 112.5 sacks for three teams over 15 years.
He also was known for his huge temper, which often flared.
In a 1982 Divisional playoff game, he ripped the helmet off a startled Jets lineman, Chris Ward, and threw it at him, inspiring the rule barring such acts.
The Jack Tatum Effect
In a preseason game in 1978, wide receiver Darryl Stingley ran a short crossing pattern and was met by Pro Bowl safety Jack Tatum of the Oakland Raiders.
Stingley lowered his head into the arriving shoulder of Tatum and ended up a quadriplegic.
Though the hit was legal, the NFL decided in 1979 that wide receivers could no longer be touched after five yards, as opposed to the previous rule of 10 yards.
It has been Goodell's mission to have the quarterback no longer be a football player.
No longer can a defender tackle the quarterback too hard, hit him too high or too low, or put all of his weight on him.
The quarterback no longer has to worry about intentional grounding, much less trying to find an actual receiver, when he faces added pressure.
Perhaps the future for the quarterback is a frilly dress with a one-hand touch rule?
It pretty much is that way now.
In 1941, the NFL adopted the overtime rule just for playoff games.
It was not actually used until an exhibition game in 1955 between the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams..
Traditionalist pray Goodell doesn't ruin the NFL more by replacing it with the PC effeminate college overtime rules.
Go For Two
In 1960, the American Football League put in the two point conversion following touchdowns.
The NFL adopted it in 1994.
In 1978, the game of football was changed forever.
The biggest rule was allowing blockers to extend their arms and hands, clasping or grabbing onto defenders.
With receivers now running around untouched, opening the doors of the spoiled diva era, timing on pass patterns was greatly increased and defenses castrated.
It was when the NFL started turning into the NBA.