NFL Rankings: The 16 Best NFL Rule Changes in History

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NFL Rankings: The 16 Best NFL Rule Changes in History
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OK, maybe it's scraping the bottom of the barrel, but at a time where we're desperately trying to look ahead to a collective bargaining agreement, its much easier to look back at the NFL and determine what has went right and what has went wrong.

In my last column, I reminisced about the negative, the 32 most embarrassing moments in NFL history. Click NFL's Most Embarrassing Moments.

In this column, let's look at the positive, specifically 16 of the best rule changes the NFL has implemented in the last 30 years.

We all know that the "zebras" need all the help they can get and we often focus on what they do wrong, myself certainly included in cursing at these previously nameless individuals who change the outcome of a football game.

Gene Steratore, (the ref who denied the Lions a win over the Chicago Bears and awarded the Pittsburgh Steelers a win over the Miami Dolphins in 2010 with questionable play calls), I'm referring to you.

I digress. Let's look at the rule changes that have made the lives of referees easier and more importantly actually helped the game of football.

Special thanks to for its history of NFL rules and for their historical account.

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