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“Tuck Rule” Potential Change Being Discussed

Commissioner Roger Goodell and some NFL advisors, coaches, owners, and managers are meeting in Washington to discuss the future of the NFL.

A big topic they will address is a change in the NFL Rule Book. The rule known as the “Tuck Rule,” famous for the 2002 AFC playoff game between the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.

When quarterback Tom Brady was hit from behind by cornerback Charles Woodson in what appeared to be a fumble, but was over-turned as an incomplete pass because of the “tuck rule.” That was the beginning of the era for the New England Patriots. They went on to win their first Super Bowl. Now the franchise has three Super Bowls to their name.

Washington Post’s Mark Maske describes the new proposed rule best: “Under the proposed change, a quarterback would be ruled to have fumbled the ball if it is knocked from his hand after he pulls the ball down from his throwing motion; it still would be called an incomplete pass if he loses the ball with his arm moving forward in the throwing motion.

Under the tuck rule, an incomplete pass is to be called even if the quarterback has pulled the ball down from his throwing motion, unless he has tucked the ball back into his body to become a runner.”

There will be no votes this week on the proposals. That will come later. Commissioner and competition comittee will only discuss these potential changes in the NFL Rule Book. A longer post season is not expected to be talked about at these meetings that kicked off early Monday morning.

We will keep you posted on any NFL Rule Book changes and more in the near future! Follow @NFLGridironGab on Twitter and Like us on Facebook! Stay tuned for more NFL News as we report the latest rumors and breaking news as it happens!

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