Preseason is a testing ground for new rules in the NFL, why not the postseason?
Well, the Pro Bowl. Not the playoffs. Collective sigh of competitive teams noted.
The motivation might be different--the NFL wants the games to be more competitive and in-control--but the result could be the same, a legitimate test run for new and different approaches to the game.
Here are the new rules for tonight's game:
- The addition of a two-minute warning after the first and third quarters.The clock will now stop if the offense fails to gain at least 1 yard.
- The game clock will start after an incomplete pass except inside the final two minutes of the first half and the final five minutes of the second half.
- Defenses will be allowed to play cover two and press coverage (In past years only man-to-man coverage was allowed).
- In an attempt to force teams to operate their two-minute drill, both teams will be forced to change possession at the end of each quarter.
- In an attempt to speed up the pace of the game, the play clock will be changed from 40 seconds to 35 seconds.
- Kickoffs have been eliminated and each team will start with the ball on their own 25-yard line.