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NFL-49er Rule Changes!

Great news...two rules (Ian Williams and Bowman) passed already:

Prop 8 (Williams) = Eliminates (sorry Seahawks) side roll up blocks to protect defensive players' knees
Prop 9 (Bowman) = Referees can consult officiating departments in NY on replay reviews

Not 100% sure if Prop 9 is the "Bowman rule" but if not, that too is expected to pass as well.

Update: Bowman rule passes - http://espn.go.com/blog/san-francisco-49ers/post/_/id/6163/navorro-bowman-rule-passes

Among the news concerning rules and bylaw proposals:

--Referees will now be allowed to consult with members of the NFL officiating department in New York during a replay review.

--The uprights on goal posts will be extended an additional five feet (from 30 to 35 feet).

--The game clock will remain running after a quarterback sack outside two minutes of either half.

--A proposal to eliminate overtime in exhibition games was tabled.

--The proposal to move extra points to the 25-yard line was also tabled. The league will experiment with longer point-after-touchdowns in the preseason. In the first two weeks of the exhibition season, the ball will be spotted at the 20-yard line for extra point kicks.


Great read by MM on how the rule changes would have effected the Niners/Hawks last year: http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/rules-changes-wouldve-impacted-49ers-seahawks-games
[ Edited by NCommand on Mar 26, 2014 at 9:41 AM ]
Nice of the NFL to close the barn door after the cows have gotten out.
Originally posted by 49er-from-Yavin-IV:
Nice of the NFL to close the barn door after the cows have gotten out.

It was VERY ironic that Roger was at the NFCCG and was interviewed the very next morning on NFL Network and to summarize his comments, he said there will be some big changes in rules as a few calls critically hurt teams in their pursuit of the playoffs/winning divisions. IMHO, reading between the lines, he was talking specifically about the Brooks call and how that one call meant the Niner's ended with the 2nd best record in football (didn't win their division) and had to be a Wild Card team (and not a team with home field advantage AND a bye-week) and a team like the Cardinals at 10-6 didn't make the playoffs while the Saints did. As a result, Niner's also had to play @ GB (crappy record), @ Carolina and then @ Seattle...not to mention the away games at the end of the season facing a divisional foe in Arizona for their final game. That ONE call was brutal for the entire NFL and Roger knew it.
That's not the Bowman rule. The Bowman rule is the ability to challenge a ball recovered in the field of play
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Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by 49er-from-Yavin-IV:
Nice of the NFL to close the barn door after the cows have gotten out.

It was VERY ironic that Roger was at the NFCCG and was interviewed the very next morning on NFL Network and to summarize his comments, he said there will be some big changes in rules as a few calls critically hurt teams in their pursuit of the playoffs/winning divisions. IMHO, reading between the lines, he was talking specifically about the Brooks call and how that one call meant the Niner's ended with the 2nd best record in football (didn't win their division) and had to be a Wild Card team (and not a team with home field advantage AND a bye-week) and a team like the Cardinals at 10-6 didn't make the playoffs while the Saints did. As a result, Niner's also had to play @ GB (crappy record), @ Carolina and then @ Seattle...not to mention the away games at the end of the season facing a divisional foe in Arizona for their final game. That ONE call was brutal for the entire NFL and Roger knew it.

With socialism rampant in the NFL (draft, free agency) teams are just one or two plays away from a playoff spot or not, regardless of any rules changes. The talent is spread so evenly nowadays. I'd like to see what can be done to improve the refs themselves, in addition to the Boman, Ian Williams, and other rules which allow corrections on bad calls made by refs.
Originally posted by Janitor:
That's not the Bowman rule. The Bowman rule is the ability to challenge a ball recovered in the field of play

I believe you are right..that is still being voted on. Either way, this at least allows the refs to consult and see the plays we ALL see during an instant replay.

...The owners are meeting in Orlando this week and are expected to approve several rule changes, including making recovery of a loose ball in the field of play a reviewable call. It's being referred to as the "NaVorro Bowman rule" and it should surprise no one that the 49ers support it. "We'll be for it," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told CSNBayArea.com. "I think it has a good chance to be adopted. Common sense."

Harbaugh is right: It's such obvious common sense that it's baffling that there was ever a rule prohibiting the referee from using instant replay to correct such an obvious missed call.

Adding insult to injury for the 49ers on the play in question is that Bowman suffered a severe knee injury in the ensuing pileup. It was a phenomenal display of toughness by Bowman, who held onto the ball even as his knee ligaments got shredded. Here's hoping that the next time a player sacrifices his body to make a great play like that, they get the call right.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/24/unsurprisingly-49ers-will-vote-for-the-navorro-bowman-rule/
[ Edited by NCommand on Mar 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM ]
Originally posted by NCommand:
It was VERY ironic that Roger was at the NFCCG and was interviewed the very next morning on NFL Network and to summarize his comments, he said there will be some big changes in rules as a few calls critically hurt teams in their pursuit of the playoffs/winning divisions. IMHO, reading between the lines, he was talking specifically about the Brooks call and how that one call meant the Niner's ended with the 2nd best record in football (didn't win their division) and had to be a Wild Card team (and not a team with home field advantage AND a bye-week) and a team like the Cardinals at 10-6 didn't make the playoffs while the Saints did. As a result, Niner's also had to play @ GB (crappy record), @ Carolina and then @ Seattle...not to mention the away games at the end of the season facing a divisional foe in Arizona for their final game. That ONE call was brutal for the entire NFL and Roger knew it.

And despite all of that the 49ers almost overcame it anyway. I'm so happy to be witnessing this era in team history. These guys have the hearts of champions, now they just have to take the crown for their own, if the league doesn't get in the way again.
Originally posted by Giedi:
With socialism rampant in the NFL (draft, free agency) teams are just one or two plays away from a playoff spot or not, regardless of any rules changes. The talent is spread so evenly nowadays. I'd like to see what can be done to improve the refs themselves, in addition to the Boman, Ian Williams, and other rules which allow corrections on bad calls made by refs.

Agreed. My entire issue with many of these rules is that the refs don't look at the entire play (context); just the violence of the play (i.e. what does the QB do, what does the defender do after the contact, where is the contact, what is the intent, does the WR, QB or RB duck his head INTO contact, etc.). It's no different than when Skuta got a 15-yard penalty when the QB ducked and spun INTO Skuta for a sack...called helmet-to-helmet. These critical calls need to be reviewed (like the 15 yarder on Whitner in the NFFCG). Those calls change outcomes of games, no doubt. All plays should be allowed to be reviewed by the refs themselves or by the coaches with challenge-plays. The point is to get the correct call. Period. Other sports have no issue with this and certainly don't take 4+ hours to complete.
Originally posted by 49er-from-Yavin-IV:
And despite all of that the 49ers almost overcame it anyway. I'm so happy to be witnessing this era in team history. These guys have the hearts of champions, now they just have to take the crown for their own, if the league doesn't get in the way again.

No question...be good enough to where the refs have no shot of impacting the game. I know that's easier said than done when you have two equally talented teams but you need to make that your mantra this off season. It really IS you against the (NFL) world.
Wonder how the first change would have changed the season.
Originally posted by BadgerHawk:
Wonder how the first change would have changed the season.

It would effect the entire way the Seahawks block as an OL and we would have had plenty of depth with a surging Ian Williams (broken ankle) and Glenn Dorsey at NT.
Originally posted by 49er-from-Yavin-IV:
Nice of the NFL to close the barn door after the cows have gotten out.

THIS! ^ and after bull humped the milkcow
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Originally posted by Janitor:
That's not the Bowman rule. The Bowman rule is the ability to challenge a ball recovered in the field of play

you can

except when they say forward progress was stopped or blew the whistle too soon
this is what needs to change
feel so bad for what happened to Ian...