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"Odell Beckham Rule" among proposed NFL rule changes

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The so-called "Odell Beckham Rule" highlights 19 proposed rule changes that will be considered by NFL owners during their meetings next week.

The Beckham rule comes from the New York Giants-Carolina Panthers game, during which Beckham continued to play despite drawing three personal fouls during an out-of-control game-long confrontation with Carolina cornerback Josh Norman. Proposed by the Competition Committee, it would allow for the ejection of "a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls."

Here are the types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls that would lead to ejection:

  • Throwing a punch, or a forearm, or kicking at an opponent, even though no contact is made.
  • Using abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures to opponents, teammates, officials, or representatives of the League.
  • Using baiting or taunting acts or words that engender ill will between teams.

Officials will also be reminded that they have the "discretion" to eject players after one such occurrence.

Valentine's View: I would love the adoption of this rule. Maybe it's a generational thing because I'm in my mid-50s or a cultural thing, but I can't stand some of the ridiculous, immature taunting and behavior players partake in during every game. If this rule can curb some of that nonsense I'm all for it.

The complete list of proposed changes is below. What are you in favor of? What do you think will actually pass? What proposals do you dislike? Oh, and fee free to rail about the league once again failing to come up with a better proposal to define what is and is not a catch. The fact is, every time VP of Officiating Dean Blandino talks about the rule you realize he doesn't really know what a  catch is, either, and that the league has mucked up the rule so badly that they really don't know how to fix it.

Proposed Rule Changes

1. By Competition Committee; Permanently moves the line of scrimmage for Try kicks to the defensive team's 15-yard line, and allows the defense to return any missed Try.
2. By Competition Committee; Permits the offensive and defensive play callers on the coaching staffs to use the coach-to-player communication system regardless of whether they are on the field or in the coaches' booth.
3. By Competition Committee; Makes all chop blocks illegal.
4. By Competition Committee; Disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.
5. By Competition Committee; Changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line.
6. By Baltimore; to amend Rule 5, Sections 3, Articles 1 and 2 (Changes in Position) to require players to wear jersey vests with numbers appropriate for their positions.
7. By Baltimore; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, Articles 1, 4, and 5 (Instant Replay) to provide each team with three challenges and expand reviewable plays.
8. By Buffalo; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, Articles 1, 4, and 5 (Instant Replay) to permit a coach to challenge any official's decision except scoring plays and turnovers.
9. By Carolina; to amend Rule 8, Section 2, Article 1 (Intentional Grounding) to expand the definition of intentional grounding.
10. By Kansas City; to amend Rule 14, Section 2, Article 1 (Half-distance Penalty) to add penalty yards to the distance needed to gain a First Down.
11. By Kansas City; to amend Rule 8, Section 1, Article 2 (Legal Forward Pass) to prohibit quarterbacks from falling to the ground, getting up, and throwing a forward pass.
12. By Minnesota; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, Article 1 (Coaches' Challenge) to eliminate the requirement that a team be successful on each of its first two Instant Replay challenges in order to be awarded a third challenge.
13. By Washington; to amend Rule 16, Section 1, Articles 1, 4, 6 and 7 (Overtime procedures) to eliminate overtime periods in preseason games.
14. By Washington; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, Article 4 (Reviewable Plays) to subject personal foul penalties to Instant Replay review.
15. By Washington; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, Article 1 (Coaches' Challenge) to eliminate the requirement that a team be successful on each of its first two Instant Replay challenges in order to be awarded a third challenge.
16. By Competition Committee; Expands the horse collar rule to include when a defender grabs the jersey at the name plate or above and pulls a runner toward the ground.
17. By Competition Committee; Makes it a foul for delay of game when a team attempts to call a timeout when it is not permitted to do so.
18. By Competition Committee; Eliminates the five-yard penalty for an eligible receiver
illegally touching a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself
inbounds, and makes it a loss of down.
19. By Competition Committee; Eliminates multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.