The Eagles back in March proposed four rule changes, but have since withdrawn two of them.
The good news is that the most intriguing rule change they proposed isn’t just alive, but it’s reportedly gaining steam.
NFL clubs today received updated playing rules change proposals.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 21, 2020
Most interesting: an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team a chance to maintain possession by going for it on 4th-and-15 from their 25-yard line. Sounds like support for the idea is growing.
Here’s the official onside kick rule change proposal from the Eagles:
To provide an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team who is trailing in the game an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring (4th and 15 from the kicking team’s 25-yard line).
Last month, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Casey Feeney took a closer look at the possibilities with this new onside kick rule.
In total, there are seven rule changes (5 from clubs, 2 from the competition committee) that teams will vote on during virtual league meetings next week. These rules would have been voted on at the league’s annual owners meetings in Florida but those were canceled this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Eagles’ other rule change proposal that’s still alive deals with the permanent expansion of replay.
The two rule proposals that the Eagles have since withdrawn were to modify the blindside block and to restore overtime to 15 minutes.
Here are the seven rule changes that will come up for vote in the virtual meetings:
• By the Competition Committee, to amend Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9, to expand defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but who has not had time to avoid or ward off the impending contact of an opponent.
• By the Competition Committee, to amend Rule 4, Section 3, Article 2, to prevent teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running.
• By Philadelphia; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful Try attempt.
• By Philadelphia; to amend Rule 6, Section 1, Article 1, to provide an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team who is trailing in the game an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring (4th and 15 from the kicking team’s 25-yard line).
• By Miami; to amend Rule 4, Section 3, Article 2, to provide the option to the defense for the game clock to start on the referee’s signal if the defense declines an offensive penalty that occurs late in either half.
• By Baltimore and Los Angeles Chargers; to amend Rule 19, Section 2, to add a “booth umpire” as an eighth game official to the officiating crew.
• By Baltimore and Los Angeles Chargers; to amend Rule 19, Section 2, to add a Senior Technology Advisor to the Referee to assist the officiating crew.
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