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2019 NFL Rule Changes

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Things are going to be slightly different when football begins again in 2019.

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The coaches and general managers are all out in Arizona hamming it up at some desert spa resort because they are conducting super secret official NFL business. During these spring meetings the NFL competition committee gathers around the camp fire and votes on proposed rule changes. This year there are five of them. This information is from the Los Angeles Chargers official team site.

1.) By Competition Committee; Makes permanent the kickoff rule changes that were implemented during the 2018 season.

2.) By Competition Committee. It redefines a blindside block as it is a foul if a player initiates a block in which he is moving toward or parallel to his own end line and makes forcible contact to his opponent with his helmet, forearm, or shoulder. It also points out that a player may initiate forcible contact inside the tackle box, but is subject to the crackback and “peel back” block restrictions.

3.) By Competition Committee; Simplifies the application of scrimmage kick rules for missed field goals.

4.) By Competition Committee; Simplifies the application of scrimmage kick rules for missed field goals.

What it does: Scrimmage kick rules apply if a Team B player touches a missed field goal attempt in the end zone before the ball touches the ground, or when either team recovers the ball behind the line of scrimmage.

5.) By Competition Committee; Allows teams to elect to enforce on the succeeding try or on the succeeding free kick an opponent’s personal or unsportsmanlike conduct foul committed during a touchdown.

The league is also going to permit coaches to challenge pass interference penalties for the 2019 season.

There you have it. These are the conditions teams will be playing under in 2019.