The annual meeting of the NFL’s Competition Committee produced several proposals for rule changes, including alterations to overtime, an attempt to eliminate onside kicks and extra protections for punt and kickoff returners.
The meeting brought forth proposals from the nine-member committee and individual teams. Proposed changes need to be approved by at least 24 of the 32 team owners for them to go into effect.
Four proposals came from the Philadelphia Eagles, including one that would replace some onside kicks with an option for a team that’s trailing to run a fourth-and-15 play from its 25. The Eagles also proposed restoring the overtime period to 15 minutes while reducing the impact of the overtime coin toss.
The most significant rule change recommended by the committee itself was extending defenseless-player protections to kickoff and punt returners who have only just caught the ball and have not had a chance to avoid or prepare for contact from an opposing player.
Other proposals included adding an eighth game official as a “booth umpire,” modifying the ban on blindside blocks and tweaking clock management related to late-game penalties.
NFL owners will not vote on a renewal of video reviews for pass interference calls, indicating that the reviews will be dropped for the 2020 season after mixed initial results.
The NFL Competition Committee is chaired by Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay. The other members are:
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president and CEO Stephen Jones
Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy
New York Giants president and CEO John Mara
Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin
Washington Redskins coach Ron Rivera