NFL League Meetings: Decisions Announced On Overtime, Challenge Rules

Owners Set to Vote On Rule, Roster, and Scheduling Proposals

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NFL Rule Changes: Overtime, Challenge Rules See Changes, Possible Roster Alterations

It's been a lot more than R &R at the NFL Owners meeting in Palm Beach, FL this year as the owners recently agreed on some sweeping rule changes that will go into place this following season. Here's a quick look at just what the rules are and how they affect they league:

The playoff overtime rules have been installed for the 2012 regular season, which goes a little something like this:

"The modified system of determining the winner shall prevail when the score is tied at the end of regulation for postseason NFL games [now all NFL games]. The system guarantees each team a possession or the opportunity to possess, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession.

"At the end of regulation time, the Referee will immediately toss a coin at the center of the field in accordance with rules pertaining to the usual pregame toss. The captain of the visiting team will call the toss prior to the coin being flipped.

"Following a three-minute intermission after the end of the regulation game, play will be continued in 15-minute periods until a winner is declared. Each team must possess or have the opportunity to possess the ball unless the team that has the ball first scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined, and the game automatically ends upon any score (by safety, field goal, or touchdown) or when a score is awarded by the Referee for a palpably unfair act. Each team has three timeouts per half and all general timing provisions apply as during a regular-season game. The try is not attempted if a touchdown is scored. Disqualified players are not allowed to return."

It also went into effect that all turnovers and scoring plays will become subject to review, a loss of down penalty will be added for illegally kicking a loose football, too many men on the field becomes a dead-ball foul, and any player considered to have taken a 'crackback' block will be seen as a defenseless player.

There are still a few rules out there waiting to get ruled upon, which likely won't happen until May:

  • Modify the roster rules for teams having to play on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Move the trade deadline from Week 6 to Week 8.
  • Expand the roster limit for training camp and the offseason to 90 players.
  • Move this year's final roster cutdown day to Friday night instead of Saturday, giving an extra day of work for the two teams playing in the first game of the season.
  • Add an injured reserve exemption so that if a player was on the roster through the first regular season weekend, that player can be placed on injured reserve and designated for return, eliminating that fact that all players on injured reserve are out for the season.
  • Allow one roster exemption per team per week for a player who is inactive with a concussion.

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NFL Rules Changes: Owners Set to Vote On Rule, Roster, and Scheduling Proposals

NFL Owners Meetings are in progress this week and it's expected that the league will announce any of the proposed rules changes on Wednesday at some point.

Per ProFootballTalk, the rules changes being discussed this week are the following:

1. Giving the authority to determine replay reviews to the replay official in the booth, not the referee on the field.

2. Modifying the horse-collar tackle rule to remove the exception for quarterbacks in the pocket, so that a quarterback in the pocket may not be yanked down by the back of his shoulder pads or inside collar of his jersey.

3. Changing overtime so that the postseason rule will be used in the regular season as well, and no regular-season games will be ended on a field goal on the first possession of overtime.

4. Adding a loss of down to the penalty for kicking a loose ball, as is the case in college football.

5. Adopting the college rule for too many men on the field, which is a dead-ball foul if a team lines up on offense for more than three seconds, or if a team on defense lines up with too many men and the snap is imminent. In those cases, the officials will blow the play dead and assess a five-yard penalty. This change wouldn't affect the rulings on players running off the field who don't get off in time.

6. Expanding the defenseless player rule to protect defensive players on crackback blocks, making it illegal to hit them in the head or neck area.

7. Automatically reviewing turnovers via instant replay, just as scoring plays are automatically reviewed.

The league is also considering altering or adding a few bylaws, which can be seen at that PFW article, and have to do with roster size and the injured reserve. Also, interestingly, the league may be looking to make a change to scheduling, particularly as it pertains to Thursday night games.

This rule comes on the heels of the 2011 season and may have been, at least partially, influenced by the Seahawks-Eagles Thursday night game in late November. The Eagles were a mess after traveling cross-country on two days of practice and came out very flat at CenturyLink Field while fighting through some major injuries to their starting lineup. No doubt the short week and travel schedule hampered their efforts for preparation and rest, something the NFL is apparently taking to heart.

It will be interesting to see what they decide. Stay with us today as we update this stream when the news hits.

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Official 2012 NFL Draft Order Announced: Seahawks Hold Six Picks

Seattle Seahawks' General Manager John Schneider doesn't hide the fact that he loves collecting draft picks. Over the last couple years, Schneider and Pete Carroll have traded away players and moved back in the Draft to accumulate more capital and the Seahawks picked nine times in both 2010 and 2011. In this year's draft, they currently sit with six, after being awarded no compensatory picks.

Here are the official picks the Seahawks have been allotted:

1st Round: Pick #12, 12th overall

2nd Round: Pick #11, 43rd overall

3rd Round: Pick #12, 75th overall

4th Round: Pick #11, 106th overall

6th Round: Pick #11, 181st overall

7th Round: Pick #18, 225th overall

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Seattle lost its fifth-round pick to Buffalo in the trade for Marshawn Lynch, and their seventh-round pick to Detroit in the trade for Tyler Polumbus. They added Oakland's seventh-round choice in their trade of Aaron Curry. With six picks this year, only two teams, as it sits right now, will hear their name called to pick fewer times -- the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints, each with five.

This likely means a few things -- first, it's very possible that we'll see Seattle trade back at least once this year to try and accumulate more picks. It might not be in the first round, but similarly to last year, their second-round pick might become valuable to another team and the Hawks may look to move it. If no trades materialize, with only six picks, look for the Hawks to be very active in rookie free agency, and likely have the inside slant on a lot of the most sought after undrafted players due to the numbers game for roster spots and a better chance for these guys to make the team.

For more on the Seahawks, head over to Field Gulls. To find out what the experts are projecting the Seahawks to do this year in the draft, head to our Mock Draft StoryStream and for NFL Free Agency Updates go here.

For a full listing of the complete NFL Draft Order for 2012, head over to SBNation.com and check out their NFL Draft StoryStream.

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Seattle Seahawks Receive No Compensatory Draft Picks

The NFL hands out compensatory draft picks each season when a team suffers a deficit in compensatory free agents (i.e. players leave their squad and go elsewhere as opposed to the opposite happening). The Seattle Seahawks were not likely to have that happen for them this year after signing a lot of marquee free agents last year like Zach Miller, Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice, so it wasn't that shocking that Seattle ended up with no compensatory draft picks.

They weren't the only ones coming away empty-handed. The 49ers and Cardinals both missed out on compensatory draft picks. Even the St. Louis Rams barely managed one pick in the seventh round, landing the 252nd overall pick. Seattle will have to be stuck with their full allotment of picks, starting with the 12th pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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NFL League Meetings: Many Proposed Changes To Be Discussed

The 2012 NFL League Meetings kick off on Monday and last all week. Among the topics of discussion are a number of potential rules changes.

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