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NFL Owners Pass Rule Changes To Kickoffs, Replays

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NFL owners are meeting in New Orleans and on Tuesday they voted on a few rule change proposals passing two of them. Here's a summary of the rule changes that will affect kickoffs and replays. Also, the Chiefs can't go Boise State and change the color of the Arrowhead field to blue.

Kickoffs will now be moved from the 30 to the 35-yard line. One other part of original proposal was to move touchbacks from the 20 to the 25-yard line but that won't be happening. Moving kickoffs to the 35-yard line means there will be less returns and, as I argued previously, I don't think the Chiefs shouldn't have voted for it. They spent second round picks on Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster due in part to their return ability. This rule limits their return opportunities. I'm not sure I like this rule but it was done with safety in mind.

All scoring plays are now subject to booth review. Previously the only automatic replay was inside of two minutes of each half but now every scoring play can be reviewed without using a coaches challenge. Coaches will also keep their third replay challenge (if they get the first two correct). Todd Haley was in the top 10 in challenge success last year so I'm not sure this hurts him a ton either way. But I do think it'll extend the game. Is that OK as long as it means getting the call right?

Rules to a defenseless receiver remain the same. The league had originally talked about expanding this but that proposal has been tabled (for now at least).

Also making its way into the rule changes it the "Boise State rule" -- the color of your field must be approved by the league and it must be a shade of green.