NFL Rolls Out Two Big Rules Changes for the 2016 Season
The NFL owners circled up as they so often do to discuss rules changes and ended up implementing two that should actually have a pretty significant impact on games during the 2016 season.
First up, a touchback will move the ball to the 25-yard line, not the 20. This is hopefully a slight discouragement to just kick the ball out the back of the end zone, an occurrence that’s becoming more and more common with stronger kickers.
The second rule will eject a player that gets two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in one game. It’s hard to imagine many people would argue with this, especially after seeing debacles like the Odell Beckham-Josh Norman back-and-forth late last season.
At the moment, these rule changes will only be implemented for the 2016 season, but they could become permanent should the league view them as a success while evaluating their effects at the end of the year.