By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8
It’s that time of year… the NFL’s annual meeting of the Competition Committee is set to commence in Phoenix, Arizona, March 24-27.
During these meetings, the committee and teams can request changes to the Playing Rules, Proposals to change NFL Bylaws and creations of Resolutions.
This year, the biggest emphasis seems to be requests to adjust the scope of Reviewable Plays, whether by going through a representative of the league office, no longer limiting the number of challenges a coach can make, or increasing the scope of plays that can actually be reviewed.
The Philadelphia Eagles had requested a Resolution concerning the Thanksgiving Day games. Traditionally, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys host the first two games of the day. Their request was for these games to alternate with one team playing “away” each year. That request has since been withdrawn.
My favorite rule change request involves overtime… #7 Allow both teams the opportunity to possess the ball during the overtime period, regardless of if the first possession ends in a touchdown. I mean really, how easy would this be?
Here’s the complete list of items to be discussed:
2019 Playing Rule Proposals Summary
1. Make permanent the kickoff rule changes that were implemented during the 2018 season.
2. Expand protection to a defenseless player.
3. Change the enforcement of double fouls when there is a change of possession.
4. Simplify the application of scrimmage kick rules for missed field goals.
5. Allow teams to elect to enforce on the succeeding try or on the succeeding free kick an opponent’s personal or unsportsmanlike conduct foul committed during a touchdown.
6. For one year only to expand the reviewable plays in instant replay to include fouls for pass interference; also expands automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any Try attempt (extra point or two-point conversion).
6a. For one year only to expand the reviewable plays in instant replay to include all fouls for pass interference, roughing the passer, and unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture; also expands automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any Try attempt (extra point or two-point conversion).
7. Allow both teams the opportunity to possess the ball at least one time in overtime, even if the first team to possess the ball in overtime scores a touchdown; (2) eliminate overtime for preseason; and (3) eliminate overtime coin toss so that winner of initial coin toss to begin game may choose whether to kick or receive, or which goal to defend. (Requested by Kansas City)
8. Provide an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team who is trailing in the game an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring (Requested by Denver)
9. Subject all plays that occur during a game to coaches’ challenge by teams or review by the Officiating department in the instant replay system. (Requested by Washington)
10. Add review of personal fouls as reviewable plays in the instant replay system. (Requested by Washington)
11. Add review of personal fouls (called or not called on the field) as plays subject to coaches’ challenge in the instant replay system. (Requested by Kansas City)
12. Add review of designated player safety-related fouls (called or not called on the field) as plays subject to coaches’ challenge in the instant replay system. (Requested by Carolina, Seattle, Philadelphia and Los Angeles Rams)
13. Add scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul to be subject to automatic review in the instant replay system. (Requested by Philadelphia)
14. Add all fourth down plays that are spotted short of the line to gain or goal line to be subject to automatic review in the instant replay system. (Requested by Denver)
15. Add all Try attempts (Extra point or Two point conversion) to be subject to automatic review in the instant replay system. (Requested by Denver)
16. Allow League personnel to disqualify for both flagrant football and non-football acts.
2019 Bylaw Proposals Summary
1. Liberalize the rule for reacquisition of a player assigned via waivers. (Requested by Buffalo)
2. Provide clubs with more roster flexibility during training camp.
3. Provide teams more effective access to players during the postseason.
4. Make the tie-breaking procedures fairer for the selection meeting.
5. Provide additional roster spots during the preseason.
6. Offer more roster flexibility.
2019 Resolution Proposals Summary
G-1. Amend the Anti-Tampering Policy to permit an interested club to contact a Vested Veteran before clubs have been notified of the player’s termination via the Player Personnel Notice if (i) the players is not subject to the Waivers System and, (ii) the employer club has publicly announced the player’s release.
G-2. Amend current League practices regarding teams’ post-game officiating inquiries and allow opposing teams to receive the League’s post-game responses to any officiating inquiries submitted by either team. (Requested by Washington)
G-3. Continue the annual tradition of having Dallas and Detroit play on Thanksgiving, provided that one of those clubs host a home game with the other club playing away, and alternating home and away games each subsequent season. (WITHDRAWN by Philadelphia)
So there you have it… I’ve told you what my favorite requested change is… What is yours?
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