Charles Davis

Rules changes to learn for the 2016 NFL season

Significant Rule Changes – NFL

  • All chop blocks are illegal.
  • The line of scrimmage was permanently moved for kicks attempted toward the defensive team’s 15-yard line. The new rule allows the defense to return any missed try.
  • Offensive and defensive play callers on the coaching staffs are permitted to use coach-to-player communication system, regardless of whether they’re on the field or in the coaches’ booth.
  • The horse collar rule has been expanded to include when a defender grabs a jersey at the name plate or above, and pulls the runner to the ground.
  • There will be a foul called for delay of game when a team attempts to call a timeout when it’s not permitted.
  • It’s now a loss of down when an eligible receiver illegally touches a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself inbounds.


Significant Rule Changes – NCAA

  • A 15-yard penalty will be assessed to any defender that makes “forcible contact” to the head or neck of a runner that’s given himself up (slides feet-first).
  • Reflecting other collegiate sports, football coaches may now be ejected if he collects two unsportsmanlike fouls during a game.
  • No player may trip any opponent. Tripping an opponent with a leg will lead to a flag.
  • Low hits on the passer will still prompt a foul as legislated last year. This year the rule for a conventional tackle clarified with, “without making forcible contact with the head or shoulder.”
  • A fake field goal is legal if there is at least one player 10 or more yards behind the line of scrimmage or two players are at least 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage, changed from one player in the past. Language has changed from “obvious kick may be attempted” to  “it must be obvious that a kick will be attempted.”  Pay attention to how many linemen are in the offensive formation when a fake is called.

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