I don't care to comment on the relative gameplay changes. Some people like them; others hate them. Either way we'll all adapt. What really bothers me is we are several patches into this game and nothing has been done to address the obvious refereeing problems that plague this game every year (yet seem to be getting worse).
How hard can it possibly be to code the game so that sliding in from behind is regularly called a foul? I don't program computer games so the intricacies of the process elude me, but I can't believe improving the refs is an impossible task. It's frustrating when you're players get hammered - and often injured - by reckless challenges that benefit your opponents because the refs acts like he's just been hit with a folding chair in a WWE match.
I think regardless of whether anyone likes or is not so keen on the present patch, the gameplay for everyone would be so much more enjoyable if the designers would put even a minimal effort into improving the painfully inadequate refereeing in this game.