Seven Teams, Nine Proposed NFL Rule Changes for 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019 8:21 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 11, 2019 8:21 PM UTC

Onside kick. Play reviews. Overtime rules. Those are some of the proposed topics up for discussion as teams table their suggestions at the annual league meeting at the end of this month. Let’s take a look at some of the possible NFL rule changes to be had ahead of the 2019-2020 NFL season.

<h2>Nine proposed rule changes announced by NFL</h2><p>A few days ago, the NFL announced the proposed rule changes tabled by various teams. Some of them have seen the light of day before at the annual committee meeting while others may be newish but are hardly shocking considering some of the spectacular disasters in officiating that occurred just this past season. Just ask the New Orleans about #robbed.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;A US judge has rejected New Orleans Saints fans’ “courtroom quest” for a game do-over, but &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#SocialRisk&lt;/a&gt; still plagues the &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#NFL&lt;/a&gt;. ENODO’s recent analysis provide key insights on public perceptions surrounding the controversy: &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; (&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;) &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#robbed&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— ENODO Global, Inc. (@EnodoGlobal) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 1, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n\n\n"}[/]</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;New Orleans &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Saints&lt;/a&gt; we have the best fans in the world! Who Dat Nation, and we have just been robbed by the NFL. Could use some fans across the pond as well. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— More Than A Club (@JhTravers84) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;March 11, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p> </p><h2>Andy Reid and the Chiefs want to completely revamp overtime</h2><p>Kansas City Chiefs tabled two proposed changes: 1) to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to add a review of personal fouls (called or not called on the field) as plays subject to coaches’ challenge in the instant replay system; 2) to amend Rule 16, which pertains to overtime rules. (Source,</p><p>In the latter proposal, Andy Reid and Company are lobbying to have three very significant changes made:</p><p>Firstly, allow both teams the opportunity to possess the ball at least one time in overtime, even if the first team to possess the ball in overtime scores a touchdown. Anybody that followed the playoffs will know exactly where this rule change is coming from, and, admittedly, it was rather gut-wrenching seeing Patrick Mahomes sat on the sidelines watching as Tom Brady and Co. scored a touchdown to win the game in overtime and knowing he could do nothing about it.</p><p>No chance to respond. Nothing left to do but concede defeat. Shake hands respectfully and traipse off the field. <em>Oh</em><em> the unfairness of it all</em>. Especially given the way the Chiefs rallied to tie the game and send it into overtime. At the very least he deserved a chance to show off his wares. Alas, the rules say otherwise. Hence, the proposed rule change.</p><p>Incidentally, this isn’t the first time this has happened in overtime. The very same happened to Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs a few seasons ago, as well as other teams in seasons past. It remains to be seen whether teams and the league will get behind this proposed rule change or whether the status quo will remain. It adds that element of frustration, gut-wrenching disappointment…which somehow goes part and parcel with the game.</p><p>Or does it?</p><p>College Football overtimes are so much more exciting don’t you think? Teams get a possession each on their opponent’s 25-yard line with the standard four downs to score a touchdown or field goal. Both get a turn. The game keeps going until someone outscores the other. overtimes in the LSU game in College Station. What a joyride that was!</p><p>The other two proposals tabled by the Chiefs include eliminating overtime for preseason and eliminating the overtime coin toss so that the winner of the initial coin toss at the beginning of the game gets to choose whether to kick or receive or which goal to defend in overtime. These aforementioned proposals do seem rather minor and less impactful to the game as it stands, so they might get serious consideration.</p><p> </p><h2>Philadelphia has replays in mind, Washington wants everything to be reviewed</h2><p>Two of the nine proposed rule changes came from Washington and are rather extreme in nature as their two proposals would have everything reviewable in the game from all plays being subject to coaches’ challenge to all personal fouls as reviewable plays in the instant replay system.</p><p>The Chiefs have also thrown their lot into this category with an amendment to Rule 15, section 2, to add a review of personal fouls (called or not called on the field) as plays subject to coaches’ challenge in the instant replay system. Finally, the Panthers, Rams, Eagles and Seahawks want the league to allow coaches to challenge designated player safety-related fouls whether they were called on the field or not.</p><p> </p><h2>Broncos want onside kick changed</h2><p>The Broncos would eliminate onside kicks for a team trailing, proposing to replace the kick with a 4th-and-15 play from their own 35-yard line. This one seems the least likely to be changed but, then again, who knows.</p><p> </p><h2>In summary</h2><p>The common denominator in most of these proposed rule changes from the seven teams that have made their submissions is the officiating system. The bulk of the proposals deal with the inadequacies of officiating and are an attempt to improve a system that is clearly viewed as flawed. Let’s face it, the game is too fast these days. More physical than it has ever been before. It’s simply impossible for referees to catch every infraction that occurs on the field. Certainly, not in the same way technology can in high definition, slow-motion replays. It’s really a matter of time before more technological elements and tools are incorporated into the game but will it happen this year?</p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="" target="_blank">Shop and Compare for 2020 Super Bowl LIV Winner Future Odds</a></p>
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