A dynamic rule change of 1912 really opened up the game of football from the typical up the middle three yards an a cloud of dust offense, to passing the football in all directions as they do today. The forward pass was first introduced in 1905, but there were many restrictions and consequences. As a result, most teams decided not to pass the football. Before 1912 , you could not throw the football more than 5 yards to either side of the middle of the field. If the football was caught in the endzone or it was an incomplete pass, it was ruled a turnover.