I hate to pile on the NFL here, but when the story of the season is that fewer people are watching football, it’s worth drawing attention to one of the sport’s most irritating features: the terrible pass interference call.
Toward the end of Washington’s victory over Cleveland on Sunday, Skins cornerback Josh Norman intercepted a pass and was penalized for taunting. Norman’s infraction? As referee Jeff Triplette memorably intoned, it was 15 yards for “shooting a bow and arrow.”
It’s well-known that a kickoff out of bounds is a penalty, with the ball placed on the 40-yard line. It’s less well-known that the ball is out of bounds if it’s touched by any player who’s out of bounds, even if the ball itself is a couple of yards from the sideline. Ty Montgomery knew it.
I do not like to say I told you so (I love to say it), but all my haters and doubters (there were none) can eat every last speck of my shit.
Among the two new rules passed today by the fiat of NFL owners—over the overwhelming objections of coaches—is one that will move touchbacks up five yards, with teams now starting from their own 25. This move is specifically designed with player safety in mind. It may well have the opposite effect.
Today the NFL revealed the rule changes that will be implemented for the upcoming season. There’s nothing too drastic on this list:
Extra points are broken, and nearly everyone in football agrees. Last year, according to Peter King in today's MMQB, 30 of 32 NFL teams polled agreed that the PAT has to change. And per King, a framework for changes appears to have emerged during last week's league meetings.
At the NFL meetings in Orlando, the league's owners voted on a number of proposals. The highlight: it looks like we're closer to longer, harder PATs. Here's a rundown of the NFL's rule changes, and the ones that didn't quite make it.
Browns running back Trent Richardson says to blame him for the new "crown rule," which bans ballcarriers from leading with their helmets, and he sounds proud of it.
The NFL's competition committee announced its recommended changes for next year's rulebook, and among the obvious proposals—no one will get Jim Schwartzed next year; instead, coaches will lose a timeout or 15 yards if they have no timeout—there's one that has seemed obvious for eons, with no action until now. Provided…