PHOENIX -- The Patriots have come to the annual league meetings in each of the last two years without any proposals for new rules changes. Why? Maybe because they feel as though their proposals are doomed before they even reach the Competition Committee.
USA Today's Jarrett Bell tweeted a quote from an anonymous NFL owner on Monday that would support such an assumption.
Over the last few years, Bill Belichick hasn't exactly hidden his tepid (and that might be putting it lightly) feelings for the league's rules-makers.
He's had a habit of sarcastically referring to them as "experts" at press conferences. He's openly wondered why the game has needed changing, particularly when it comes to the alterations made to the kicking game. And as recently as last month, at the NFL Scouting Combine, he joked on NFL Network about one of what has seemed like several instances in which a rules change has directly opposed something the Patriots did the season prior.
The last time Belichick and the Patriots submitted rules proposals, at the league meetings in 2015, they had three: They wanted to 1) make every play reviewable, 2) place fixed cameras on boundary lines, and 3) place extra-point attempts at the 15-yard line.
The third eventually became a reality and point-after attempts became more competitive plays. The others have fallen on deaf ears, apparently.
The first is back up for a vote this year, proposed jointly by Buffalo and Seattle. The second failed two years ago and drew special attention when Belichick suggested that the billionaires running the league could hold a bake sale to raise funds for the additional cameras.
Washington's proposal mentioned in Bell's tweet would allow coaches to be given an unlimited number of challenges in a given game so long as previous challenges were successful. That would seem to fall in line with the Patriots' challenge rule-proposal philosophy, which has been essentially, "let's do all we can to ensure the correct calls are made."
And because a team other than the Patriots has submitted it, maybe it has a shot.