NFL Rule Changes
The biggest rule change of the 2014 NFL season won’t require a single edit in the rule book. That’s because, technically, it’s not a change. The league has simply made aggressive play in the defensive backfield a “point of emphasis” Initiating contact five yards beyond the line of scrimmage and illegal hands to the face were always penalties, but now the NFL will be monitoring them more closely.
NFL owners approved two rule changes on Tuesday to enhance player safety. They might not vote on a proposal to ban offensive players from using the crown of their helmets against defenders.
Imagine how much fun it would be if they got rid of about half the rule book. The replay challenge penalty? The tuck rule? Muffed punts can’t be advanced?
The NFL has further updated the rules, in the interest of fairness and player safety. See what’s new for the 2012 season.