http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...e-rules-feature-less-practice-more-offseason/ Posted by Mike Florio on April 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT APWith more and more teams launching their offseason programs, now is as good a time as any to explain the new offseason rules, courtesy of Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. According to Section 2(b) of Article 21, it’s a three-phase, nine-week process. Phase One lasts for two weeks, and the activities are limited to “strength and conditioning” and “physical rehabilitation.” Only strength and conditioning coaches may be present; other coaches may not attend or observe in any way. Footballs cannot be used, with the exception of quarterbacks throwing to uncovered receivers. No helmets may be worn. In Phase Two, which lasts three weeks, all coaches are permitted on the field. The workouts may include individual player instructions and drills, including “perfect play” drills — with offense or defense only but no offense and defense at the same time. Special-teams drills also may be conducted without opposing units on the field at the same time. There can be no live contact and no one-on-one competition, and no bump-and-run coverage of receivers by defensive backs. Also, no helmets are permitted.