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BowDown
08-25-2008, 07:23 AM
A number of 2008 playing-rules changes were adopted by NFL owners at the NFL Annual Meeting in late March.

Defensive helmet radios: Teams will now be permitted to have one defensive player on the field with a radio in his helmet. This gives the defense the same ability to communicate its signals as the offense.

Incidental facemasks: The foul for incidental grasp and release of the facemask has been eliminated. Twisting, turning or pulling the facemask will remain a 15-yard personal foul.

Forceout rule: The forceout rule has been eliminated. A player who receives or intercepts a ball must land with both feet inbounds. This affords the receiver and defender equal opportunity to complete the play.

Reviewable plays: Instant replay will expand to include field-goal and extra-point attempts as well as illegal forward handoffs. This provides a mechanism for correcting an obvious onfield officiating error.

Second half coin toss: Clubs will now have the option to defer the opportunity to kick or receive the kickoff to the second half.

Muffed snap: It will now be a live ball when a direct snap from center to a player who is in position to receive a hand-to-hand snap goes untouched. It was previously called a false start, but now either team may recover and advance the untouched snap.

There will be a point of emphasis on a rule this season (although the rule itself has not changed):

Grasping the facemask by all players, including offensive players, will continue to be strictly enforced. Specific attention is to be given to the runner who twists, turns, or pulls the facemask of the defender who is trying to make the tackle.

Runners and tacklers are to be treated identically when this occurs. This action is a personal foul and a 15-yard penalty.

NFL'S "third-quarterback" rule -- sometimes misunderstood:

Seventeen years ago (1991) the third-quarterback rule was instituted to enable teams to have an emergency quarterback available who was not on the 45-man game-day active roster, since many teams, for strategic purposes, only carried two quarterbacks on their game-day roster.

Everybody thinks they understand the NFL's "third-quarterback" rule. But do they?

The rule states that if a third quarterback is inserted before the fourth quarter, a team's first two quarterbacks cannot be used in the game at any position.

Another aspect of the rule is sometimes misunderstood. It is a coach's decision as to whether a third quarterback will be used.

The active quarterbacks do not have to be injured for a team to use its third quarterback.

Jerry34
08-25-2008, 09:45 AM
The Forceout rule was always such a tough call. But I would think not having the rule will make DB's push receivers out intentionally.

cambovenzi
08-25-2008, 11:28 AM
some are ok, some are pretty dump rules.
the point of a 5 yard facemask call was to get the player to let go, w/o seriously hurting a player.
they took that away, now if you have grabbed the facemask, you might as well go all out and throw the guy to the ground, instead of quickly letting go.

forceout rule being aken away could get real ugly.
lots of pushouts in the future.

they also got rid of that weird muffed snap rule that helped us out big once.

BowDown
08-25-2008, 11:34 AM
The forceout rule is going to be the biggest change in the league's landscape. DB's now wil force the recievers to the outside and in essence use the out of bounds as a second defender. Every receiver who attempts a catch on the ball will be shoved out. I see some injuries in the near future with this rule. Safties will be salivating now to take a pop at the likes of Moss and Owens.

I think slot recievers are thankful were they now lineup.

Jerry34
08-25-2008, 11:45 AM
The forceout rule is going to be the biggest change in the league's landscape. DB's now wil force the recievers to the outside and in essence use the out of bounds as a second defender. Every receiver who attempts a catch on the ball will be shoved out. I see some injuries in the near future with this rule. Safties will be salivating now to take a pop at the likes of Moss and Owens.

I think slot recievers are thankful were they now lineup.

It will be like the complete opposite now. Instead of a DB allowing a receiver to come down and drag his feet because pushing him out would make it an automatic catch, it will be a good defensive play to push him out before his feet can touch. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.