2011 NFL Rule Changes: How Do the New Rules Impact the League?

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2011 NFL Rule Changes: How Do the New Rules Impact the League?
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took to the stands once again on Tuesday, lecturing fans, players and coaches alike on a new shift in the rulebook ahead of next season.

Goodell's face in front of a blue backdrop has become a sore sight as of late, particularly since the lockout has proven to be the true victor in the well-publicized debacle this past month. Fortunately, however, these newest rule changes could make things particularly interesting should football be played in 2011.

Fans hope so, at least.

All of this comes nearly a year after the NFL implemented new overtime rules, which failed to be taken advantage of last season. Tuesday's announcement should make a very direct and immediate impact on one position in particular.

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