NFL owners passed several rule changes Tuesday at the annual meetings, but voted down a proposal by Panthers coach Ron Rivera to have the intentional grounding rule expanded, a league official told the Observer.
Rivera believes the grounding rule, which allows quarterbacks to throw in the vicinity of a receiver to avoid a sack, is too ambiguous. But any proposal that would potentially take protection away from a quarterback was unlikely to be approved.
The rule changes include:
▪ Keeping the spot of extra points at the 15 permanently.
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▪ Outlawing all forms of chop blocks.
▪ Extending the horse collar tackle rule to include the nameplate area on jerseys.
▪ Calling a delay of game penalty on teams that attempt to call a timeout when not permitted to do so.