NFL Owners approved nine new rules changes for this coming season. Here is a list of those rules;
1. Permanently moves the line of scrimmage for Try kicks to the defensive team’s 15-yard line, and allows the defense to return any missed Try.
2. Permits the offensive and defensive play callers on the coaching staffs to use the coach-to-player communication system regardless of whether they are on the field or in the coaches’ booth.
3. Makes all chop blocks illegal.
4. Disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. Amended to one-year only.
5. Changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line. Amended to one-year only.
6. Expands the horse collar rule to include when a defender grabs the jersey at the name plate or above and pulls a runner toward the ground.
7. Makes it a foul for delay of game when a team attempts to call a timeout when it is not permitted to do so
8. Eliminates the five-yard penalty for an eligible receiver illegally touching a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself inbounds, and makes it a loss of down.
9. Eliminates multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.
The expanded horse collar tackle rule will certainly make it even more difficult to play defense. Although a new rule will be implemented to eject a a player who has two unsportsman like penalties in one game, the NFL did not amend or approved the Redskins proposed rule to make personal foul penalties reviewable. The Owners did not approve any additional rules on play reviews.