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