There were a lot of proposals put forth for rule and bylaw changes for the upcoming 2014 season. Of the 21 changes, 7 were passed, while 5 failed and the other 9 were tabled for later discussion. Here are the 7 changes that were passed. Keep reading to see my thoughts.
I believe these are necessary changes for today's game. While extending the uprights and roster reduction will not affect game play much, the others will make some differences. Football is always becoming faster and more complex, so the rules need to be updated to reflect the current state of the game.
The most important change, in my opinion, is protecting players from getting hit in the legs from the side. We continue to see nasty collisions and unfortunate injuries caused by these types of tackles. Football is a physical and fast-paced game so there will always be injuries when big guys are going after each other at a high rate of pace. However we need to keep the safety of our players as a top priority. Although nobody goes out there with the intention of hurting someone, these things do happen. Guys are getting bigger, stronger, and faster every year with the help of advancements in training, conditioning, and health, but our ligaments are still what they are. No one wants to see players go down in horrible tackles and serious injuries.
This rule change will help in protecting our players from season-ending or even career-ending tackles. Hitting someone in the side of the chest is a lot less dangerous than hitting him in the side of the knee. I don't think it will give any advantage to the runner if the defense has to go for the body instead of the legs at this angle. Hopefully this will provide more protection for our players and help prevent unnecessary injuries.
I'm curious to see what your thoughts are on the new rule changes. Be sure to comment below. Go here to see the full list of rule changes including the proposals that did not get passed or were tabled for further discussion.