With the NFL annual meeting finishing up today, there has been a couple of rule changes that have come about that the owners of voted on, and approved.
One rule has been progressing throughout the years with an unsportsmanlike penalty attached to it. This year the unsportsmanlike penalty has evolved yet again. In recent years a celebration with the use of a prop is an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. This year it is involving the use of the crossbar as a prop, which means no dunking and no using the crossbar as a basketball hoop to shoot the ball through. Jimmy Graham, from the New Orleans Saints might have the biggest issue with this as his signature move after a touchdown is dunking the ball over the crossbar. If this does occur a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will be assessed because the crossbar is now considered a prop during a celebration.
In other changes that could come about deal with the playoffs. There has been talk about changing the playoffs and how they are worked out. In not so many words, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, has hinted that there may be an expansion to include 14 teams in the playoffs.
“I think there is a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support,” Goodell said after ownership discuss the topic this week. “But there are also things we still want to make sure we do right. We’ve been very incremental in trying to do this. But we believe competitively it could make our races towards the end of the season even more exciting, more teams vying for playoff positions, which is great for our fans.”
While it is still in the works and issues arising that include “mediocre” teams that will diminish the postseason accomplishments of the other “elite” teams, the matter is still in discussion.
Although, it has not been completely ruled out for the 2014 season at this point yet either. It could be an interesting year for a lot of teams if this change does come about.