NFL aims to eliminate tuck rule

Every year at the NFL spring meetings, the league’s Competition Committee makes rules proposals and bylaw changes. When this year’s meetings start in Phoenix next week, one of the recommendations will be to eliminate perhaps the most famous — or infamous — reversal in Patriots history.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a committee member, announced that Playing Rule Proposal No. 3 “basically changes our tuck rule so that it is a fumble if the player loses possession as he attempts to bring the ball back to his body.”

Fisher continued: “Obviously, if the passer loses control of the ball as the arm is moving forward, it will still be an incomplete pass, but we now say if in the passing motion he attempts to bring the ball back to his body — even if he completes the tuck — and loses the ball in an attempt to bring the ball back to his body, it will be a fumble.


“The officials on the field now are ruling that it is a fumble and the plays are going to review. We are going to change this to clean this up and eliminate the tuck rule, so to speak.”

After the Competition Committee announcement, the Raiders official Twitter page posted: “Tuck Rule? It’s been 11 years, 1 month and 23 days . . . but who’s counting?” along with a photo of the play.