NFL clubs pushing to expand replay

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2015 – 3:37 pm

The NFL Competition Committee will be meeting over the next week at the league meetings and they’ve got a host of replay expansion proposals from NFL clubs.

In fact of the 23 rule proposal changes, 13 involved the replay system in some way, shape or form. New England’s proposal was the broadest as they asked for replay to be expanded where any call in a game can be challenged. A handful of teams wanted certain fouls to be reviewed by officials on replay, including those on defenseless receivers. Another club wanted to increase coaches challenges from two to three.

Even the time on the game and play clocks were items teams proposed be reviewable under replay.

It would be surprising if many of these took effect, knowing the league has worked hard with the officiating committee to reduce the time of games. That was accomplished in 2014 with the average game time reduced from three hours and seven minutes to three hours and five minutes. Expanding review would only slow the game down more.

However, there were some interesting proposals that the Competition Committee will consider. Here were some of the more noteworthy ones.

Guarantee both teams a possession in overtime (Chicago proposal)

Allow for a bonus extra point following a successful two-point conversion. So if a team goes for two after a touchdown and converts, that team will have an opportunity to try an extra point as well from the opponent’s 32-yard line, amounting to a 50-yard kick attempt. (Indianapolis proposal)

The Colts say the proposal is to encourage more two-point attempts

Expand the jersey numbers for linebackers to include 40-49 (in addition to 50-59 and 90-99).

Among the more interesting bylaw change proposals was eliminating the 75-player cut down at training camp. The reason cited is to develop players and for safety by not over-repping players in the preseason setting.


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