The new (proposed) rules for the 2022 NFL season

During the annual meeting of the NFL, which will be held from March 27 to 20 at The Breakers in Palm Beach (Florida), one of the items on the agenda is the approval/rejection of the new rules for the next season.

Proposals for new rules may come from individual teams or from the Competition Committee. which is basically a Commission appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell composed of two owners, two presidents/alternates, two general managers, four head coaches and has the task of proposing/revising both the rules of the game and those that govern the general activity of a team such as technology, staff, protection of the players on the field.

The Committee is composed of: Rich McKay (president, Atlanta Falcons), Katie Blackburn (vice president, Cincinnati Bengals), John Mara (owner, New York Giants), Chris Grier (general manager, Miami Dolphins), Stephen Jones (owner, Dallas Cowboys), Ozzie Newsome ( general manager, Baltimore Ravens), Mike Tomlin (head coach, Pittsburgh Steelers), Ron Rivera (head coach, Washington Commanders), Frank Reich (head coach, Indianapolis Colts), Mike Vrabel (head coach, Tennessee Titans) .

A proposal to become a rule must have the positive vote of 75% of the owners, therefore 24 of 32. In green the approved proposals, red the rejected ones.

Proposals for new rules or amendments to existing rules

Two of the three proposed changes to the regulation concern the overtime structure, they look similar but have some minor differences.

1) Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles: change rule 16 to give both teams a chance to possess the ball in extra time. In particular, the proposal provides for the two teams to have at least one possession each during overtime unless a safety is scored on the first drive, in which case the game would end. At the end of the first possession of each, whoever scored the most points will be declared the winner, in case of a tie the game continues until the first points scored.

With 29 votes in favor and 3 against (Bengals, Dolphins and Vikings) the proposal of the Colts and Eagles is approved, but exclusively for the playoffs. In the regular season, the rule will remain unchanged, i.e. the first team to score wins the game.

2) Tennessee Titans: amend rule 16, section 1, article 3 to give both teams an opportunity to possess the ball in overtime unless the attacking player scores a two-point touchdown. In particular, the proposal provides for the two teams to have at least one possession each during overtime unless a two-point conversion touchdown or safety is scored on the first drive. At the end of the first possession of each, whoever scored the most points will be declared the winner, in case of a tie the game continues until the first points scored.

3) Competition Committee: end the rule that limits the number of players who have access to the configuration area on a kickoff. The receiving team must have at least nine players at kick-off, rather than eight, between restriction line (the line located 10 yards from the kickoff spot) and the next 15 yards.

Statutory changes

1) Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers: change the anti-manipulation rule for one category of executives (Secondary Football Executive) to allow more flexibility in the interviewing and hiring process.

If you have time and desire here is the complete document which presents all the previously proposed new rules in a much more analytical way (in English, of course).

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