NFL Changes Could Make Football Safer And More Difficult
The NFL approved seven changes Tuesday, including the ban of all "chop" style blocks and an expanded penalty for horse-collar tackles.By Christian Bryant | March 22, 2016
The NFL announced Tuesday it approved seven proposed changes for the upcoming season, some of which will make the game a little safer and a little more difficult.
The change getting the most attention is probably the elimination of the chop block. It's a blocking technique when one offensive player blocks a defender above the waist, while another goes low at their legs. It was already illegal in some scenarios; now, the practice is totally outlawed. It looks kind of like this.
Another change clearly meant for player safety is the expanded horse-collar tackle rule. Under the new rule, a player can be penalized for pulling another player down by grabbing his jersey at the nameplate or above the nameplate — not just inside the collar of the shoulder pads, like before.