During upcoming owners meetings, clubs will vote on several proposed rules changes.
“All proposals must be approved by 75% (24) of the owners to be adopted. NFL clubs will consider and vote on the following Competition Committee and club-submitted proposals,” NFL Communications said in a news release Thursday.
The committee gathers input from active players, legends, coaches and officials and finalizes its proposals before sending out the finalized and approved list to all clubs.
Here are some of the most recent proposals:
Competition Committee Rules Proposals
The Competition Committee introduced four of the 11 proposals. Those four include:
- To eliminate overtime in the preseason.
- For one year only, to establish a maximum number of players in the setup zone.
- To expand the prohibition on blocking below the waist by offensive and defensive players on scrimmage downs when contact occurs beyond five yards on either side of the line of scrimmage and more than two yards outside of either offensive tackle.
- Expands the prohibition against blocking below the waist by offensive and defensive players on scrimmage downs when contact occurs beyond five yards on either side of the line of scrimmage and more than two yards outside of either offensive tackle.
- The reasoning? Player safety.
- By Competition Committee, Coaches Subcommittee, and Baltimore were all in favor to amend Rule 15, Section 3 Article 9 — with hopes to permit the Replay Official and designated members of the Officiating department to provide certain objective information,
NFL Communications published the Club Playing Rule Proposals, too:
- Chicago wants to ensure the enforcement of all accepted penalties committed by either team during successive Try attempts.
- Los Angeles Rams want to add a loss of down for a second forward pass from behind the line and for a pass thrown after the ball returns behind the line.
- Kansas City wants to expand jersey number options for certain positions.
- Both Baltimore and Philadelphia want to change the options for the winner of an overtime coin toss and create a true sudden-death format.
- Baltimore wants to change the options for the winner of an overtime coin toss, eliminate sudden death format, and eliminate overtime in the preseason.
- Philadelphia wants to permit a team to maintain possession of the ball after a score by substituting one offensive play — 4th and 15 from the kicking team’s 25-yard line — for an onside kickoff attempt.
- Baltimore wants to add an eighth official who is positioned somewhere other than the playing field, with full communication to on-field officials and access to a television monitor.
In the document explaining the reasoning behind the proposals, the changes cited by Baltimore and Philadelphia cross out everything and briefly describe how the new format could work. They also explain that such changes would “create excitement” and make games “more competitive.”