- 8 rule proposals passed
- 3 bylaws passes
- 1 resolution passed
8 NFL Rule Changes That Passed
The number in parenthesis indicates the original rule proposal number.
- Leaping No Longer Allowed on Field Goals (#2): Teams are prohibited from leaping over players in an attempt to block a field goal or extra point. This will now result in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
- Automatic Ejection for Two Certain Unsportsmanlikes (#8): This rule existed last year, and led to three ejections. The rule is now permanent after being on a trial run in 2016.
- Kickoff Touchbacks Begin at 25-Yard Line (#9): This is the other rule that existed in 2016, but was simply voted on to make it permanent now. Touchbacks on kickoffs will come out to the 25 yard line.
- Added Protection for Defenseless Receivers (#11): This rule says a receiver is now a defenseless player if they are running their pattern, even if a pass is not coming their way. I can think of this having relevance if a quarterback is outside the pocket and a receiver isn’t aware of it yet -- while still running his route, the defender can’t just level him in the head.
- Illegal Crackback Blocks from Backfield Motion Players (#12): This makes crackback blocks prohibited by a backfield player who is in motion, even if he is not more than two yards outside the tackle when the ball is snapped.
- Replay Review Completely Overhauled (#13): Gone are the days of the on-field official heading under a booth for replay review. A central office will now conduct the review, and the on-field official will utilize a tablet.
- Disallow Multiple Holds to Manipulate Game Clock (#14): If it is near the end of a half, teams can no longer commit multiple holds to burn clock and thus put the other team at a disadvantage. Doing this will now be a 15-yard penalty, and clock will be restored to where it was before the previous play.
- One-Minute Runoff Now a Two-Minute Runoff (#15): Previously, if teams commited an illegal substitution penalty or lose a replay review while the clock was running and there was under one minute to play, there was a 10-second runoff. This rule change makes it a 10-second runoff where there are under two minutes to play.
3 NFL Bylaws That Passed
- Language to Make Draft Exams More Formal (#4): This bylaw is a one-year trial — it includes workout language for draft prospects that attempts to “make the college scouting process more equitable for all clubs.”
- Threshold on Returning PUP/NFI is Expanded (#5): This bylaw would allow a player to remain on the Reserve/PUP or Reserve/NFI list later into the season than currently allowed, while still having the potential to be activated.
- More Roster Flexibility (#6): The League office will transmit a Personnel Notice to clubs on Sundays during training camp and preseason.
1 NFL Resolution That Passed
- Non-Contract Employees’ Ability to be Hired (#3): Acknowledges the different hiring calendar for non-football employees. In certain situations, it is more opportune for the employer club to have a non-football employee leave during the playing season.
Issues That Were Tabled Until the May Meetings
NFL meetings are over. 10-min OT got tabled til the May meeting but there is a strong expectation it will pass later in the spring— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 28, 2017
Goodell says the NFL tabled the proposal to loosen the celebration rules until he talks to a group of players first. Can vote again in May— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) March 28, 2017