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Poll: Which rules changes will owners pass?

 competition-committee

2014 rules proposals

The NFL owners will be mulling over several changes to the rules, bylaws, and the game policies that were proposed by the Competition Committee and some teams. Which ones have a chance of passing? Football Zebras takes a look at the rule and policy proposals.

Keep in mind that the owners can call a vote on all of the following proposals, or only move to vote on certain items. Another option allows the owners to table certain items for future consideration. (Football Zebras knows its parliamentary procedure, too.) The proposals below show our thoughts on which ones will pass or otherwise be disposed of. Add your thoughts below.

  Ben Austro Mark Schultz
1. Move kickoffs to 40-yd line
Ding Ding 
2. Personal fouls reviewable Ding Ding 
3. No overtime in preseason Checkmark Ding 
4. Extend goalposts to 35 ft Ding  Ding
5. 37-yard extra-point kicks (see note below)
Ding Ding 
6. Add fixed cameras to boundaries Ding  Ding
7. Any official’s decision can be challenged Ding Ding 
8. Roll-up blocks on legs from side illegal Checkmark Checkmark 
9. Allow league office to consult on replay Checkmark Ding
10. Recovery of ball in field of play reviewable Checkmark  Checkmark
11. Allow clock to run after QB sack Checkmark Checkmark 
12. Eliminate the 1-yd “pick”/”bump” zone Ding Ding 
13. Simplify complex penalty enforcement spots Checkmark Checkmark 
(p). Allow closed retractable roof to open at halftime Checkmark Ding 

Note that for Proposal No. 5, the Competition Committee is putting forth a separate recommendation to have one preseason game use the long extra-point kick as a trial.

1 comment for “Poll: Which rules changes will owners pass?

  1. Asher
    March 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    What was the intent of stopping the clock on sacks originally? The clock restarts maybe a few seconds later (and even before it’s ready for play).