No. 6: What rule changes for the NFL you would like to see?
Each year, it seems as if there’s an emphasis on one thing or another. Instead, some de-emphasizing would be nice. I know player safety is vital. But the rules calling out hits have gotten a bit over the top. Late hits are one thing. But the idea of “landing on a quarterback” and putting body weight on him even though it was a form tackle is pretty ridiculous.
Elimination of kickoff rules that basically eliminated the onside kick.
I could go on all day — how many answers do I get? The NFL went overboard on their “defenseless receiver” rules, which need to be addressed. The league should have two levels of pass interference, similar to penalties for making contact with a punter or kicker. Finally, the play review system needs an overhaul. For example, if officials are instructed to err on the side of calling a fumble on the field, then they need to even out the burden-of-proof standard during the pending review — and why are coaches limited to a specific number of successful challenges?
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Go back to 15-minute overtime periods.
The catch rule. While it is easy enough to get your head around what is classified as a catch, there is great inconsistencies from game to game depending on which officials are calling it. As simplified version of what constitutes a catch might help to fix the issue.
Relax the rules on hits over the middle. Using the head is still bad, but players should be allowed to deliver hits when a player is running by them (see the Week 17 Antone Exum play as example).
I read somewhere (I can’t remember precisely where, so I can’t credit it) that a good rule would be if the kicker can kick the ball through the uprights on kickoff, the ball would be spotted on the 15-yard line and not the 25-yard line. I think it would bring a tiny bit of intrigue into what is now a boring part of the game, now kick returns are effectively discouraged by the NFL.