New NFL rules adopted by owners include elimination of chop blocks
March 22, 2016 1:35 PM
Luis M. Alvarez / Associated Press
Pittsburgh Steelers football head coach Mike Tomlin talks to a member of the media Tuesday at the NFL owners meeting in Boca Raton, Fla.
Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin leaves the NFL owners meeting Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla.
By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BOCA RATON, Fla. — National Football League owners today adopted seven rules changes for 2016, including eliminating all chop blocks (which the Steelers supported) and permanently putting the point-after-touchdown kick at the 15-yard line after a one-year experiment.
However, the owners decided to table until Wednesday a vote on a proposal to eject players who get two personal fouls in a game.
Among the other significant changes:
■ The horse-collar rule was expanded to include any tackle made by back of jersey at or above the nameplate.
■ Offensive or defensive coordinators who sit upstairs in the coaches booth can now relay plays directly to the field instead of to an assistant coach on the sideline.
■ The 5-yard penalty for an eligible receiver illegally touching a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself inbounds has been eliminated and will now be a loss of down.
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