New England Patriots Talk: NFL Rule Changes
The New England Patriots will have some new rules to contend with this season.
The NFL had a owners meeting in Chicago, IL on Tuesday to discuss voting on new league rule changes. Among the many proposals that were brought to the table, only four had been accepted by the majority while the rest were rejected. It was then that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the NFL had completed its latest changes to the NFL guidelines. The following were:
1) 10-minute overtime periods from now on
It’s been made official that the preseason and regular-season overtime periods will be shortened to ten minutes instead of fifteen. It’s been made clear that this will not effect playoff overtime periods (those will remain the standard 15-minute length) but the main goal of this change is to cut down on the number of snaps per game. Another factor that was considered if a team plays within a week or four days (in this case, if the team has a Monday or Thursday night game).
The proposal was on hold this season but it was finally passed Tuesday so it will officially become part of the regular season matchups. The only worry about this is it will likely lead to more ties in the future but the playoff picture will become more clear in terms of margin of error, especially within the final few weeks before the playoffs. Although by how much, eliminating all of five minutes will do, is up in the air.
2) Roll-Over on celebration penalty adjustments
It officially been done. The celebration penalties are going to be rolled back. The extent to which the rules will try to be less hurtful on celebrations will be quite difficult to gauge but Goodell explained that the rule would allow atleast the following:
- group celebrations (ex. group dance)
- Allow the usage of the football as a prop/object (ex. spiking)
- roll on to the ground and preform an celebration (ex. snow angels)
The more you read this, the more weird it is but sadly all of the following demonstrations before this rule was made, resulted in penalties. At least players can have some fun but they are still not allowing prolonged celebrations that are directed at players, teams or any act that is suggestive in anyway. It isn’t alot but its better than nothing.
3) The 75-man cutdown period is eliminated
This rule is very interesting as teams are mostly limited to only 90-man rosters for much of the offseason. When the regular season begins, its then that teams are required to have ONLY 53 players. To do this, there is typically a cutdown day in between these dates. (90 players to 75 players in between Game 3 and 4, then 53 players before Week 1)
With the elimination of the 75-man cut day this will force teams to straight from 90 players to 53 within only a week. The benefit here is it will allow teams to keep players on the roster for a longer period of time for proper evaluation.
The downside is that this will lead to about….a thousand players being out of work on the exact same day (unemployment lines be damned). This situation can result in a significant increase in the number of transactions when teams are required to get down to only 53-man rosters. It will be quite the situation to see come August.
4) Only two short-term IR spots available
This comes as a surprise as last year’s rule changes to injured reserves was changed to allow teams to declare which players would be designated to return after eight weeks. The NFL was subtle with this, as this was never declared until it was already in place. This made it easier to foresee which players are going to be eligible to return within an eight week time table.
But now, the NFL added a second short-term IR spot. This will give teams the chance to activate another player from injured reserve during the regular season after eight weeks. This will help when star players who are injured reserve will be easier to choose from, instead of only picking one, now teams can get two back. It’s an effective strategy that I am sure teams will take full advantage of.
And with all of that, these will be the new adjustments that teams will all need to be ready for in the 2017 season. It seems as though Fall season will not come soon enough. The reminder of the changes came to the process for GMs for NFL teams, The league having Las Vegas host Super Bowl 56 and one rule that was tabled was the league allowing coaches who are in the playoffs to be interviewed by another NFL team. (which I feel will not pass as the coaches are more focused on winning the playoffs then winning a new job)