Yesterday, the NFL announced a few additions to their official rule book in advance of the 2020 season, including automatic replay review of scoring plays negated by a foul (the referees get to police themselves and their yellow laundry on the automatic replay now) and a rule to stop players from committing intentional dead ball fouls to keep the game clock running, a tactic first employed by the Patriots and then used against them by the Titans in the NFL Playoffs last season.
Here are the changes in their entirety as announced by NFL Media:
Approved 2020 Playing Rules and BylawsThe below playing rules and bylaws were adopted by NFL clubs today:
Approved 2020 Playing Rules Summary
2. By Philadelphia; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful Try attempt.
8. By Competition Committee; expands defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but who has not had time to avoid or ward off the impending contact of an opponent.
9. By Competition Committee; prevents teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running.
Approved 2020 Bylaws Summary
2. By League Office; increases the number of players that may be designated for return from two to three. Incorporates interpretations applicable to bye weeks during the regular season and postseason.
How do you see these impacting games? Do you think your Houston Texans would have benefited from any of these new rules last season?