Owners To Vote On 23 Proposed Rule Changes


In 2013, there were six proposed rule changes. In 2014, there were 13.

This year, NFL owners will have a full docket as there's a whopping 23 proposed rule changes to debate and vote on at this week's owners meetings in Phoenix.

In major part, it seems an indictment on the officiating, as 13 of the rule changes are in regards to expanding instant replay. There is also a pair of rule changes that appear to be the result of* *plays from Ravens games last season.

Baltimore proposed one rule change to help with player safety, specifically on special teams.

Here's the full list:* *

Proposal No. 1, via New England: Coaches can challenge anything, except turnovers and scoring plays, which are already subject to automatic review.* *

Proposal No. 2, via Detroit: Coaches can challenge all fouls.* *

Proposal No. 3, via Tennessee: Coaches can challenge all personal fouls.* *

Proposal No. 4, via Washington: All personal fouls are subject to official review (don't need a coach's challenge).* *

Proposal No. 5, via Washington: All penalties that result in an automatic first down are subject to official review.* *

Proposal No. 6, via Tennessee: Referees can enforce a foul for an illegal hit against a defenseless receiver when the on-field ruling is reversed from a catch/fumble to an incomplete pass.* *

Proposal No. 7, via Indianapolis: All fouls on defenseless players are subject to official review.

Proposal No. 8, via Washington: Increase the number of coaches' challenges from two to three.* *

Proposal No. 9, via Kansas City: Expand automatic review to include plays that would result in a score or touchdown if the on-field ruling is reversed.* *

Proposal No. 10, via Tennessee: Add review of the game clock on the final play of a half or overtime to the instant replay system.* *

Proposal No. 11, via Chicago: Add review of the play clock to determine whether or not the ball was snapped before it expired.* *

Proposal No. 12, via New England: Place fixed cameras on all boundaries of the playing field (at every stadium) to get better angles for instant replay.* *

Proposal No. 13, via Tennessee: Allow stadium-produced video to be used for instant replay reviews (not just the television tape).* *

Proposal No. 14, via New England: Move extra-point attempts from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line.* *

Proposal No. 15, via Indianapolis: Allow for a ninth possible point on scores. After a touchdown, if a team is successful on a two-point conversion, they get to attempt a 50-yard extra point.* *

Proposal No. 16, via Baltimore: Prohibit players from pushing rushing teammates when the other team is punting, expanding the current rule in place on field goal and extra-point attempts to punts.* *

Proposal No. 17, via Chicago: Give both teams a possession in overtime, even if the first team with the ball scores a touchdown.* *

Proposal No. 18, via Miami: Extend the prohibition of illegal "peel back" blocks to all offensive players.* *

Proposal No. 19, via competition committee: Give an intended defenseless receiver protection in the immediate action following an interception.* *

Proposal No. 20, via competition committee: Carry over unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting fouls committed at the end of a half or regulation to the ensuing kickoff.* *

Proposal No. 21, via competition committee: Make it illegal for a running back to chop block a defenseless opponent outside of the tackle box.* *

Proposal No. 22, via competition committee: Permit clubs to assign additional jersey numbers to linebackers. Add 40-49 as eligible numbers, in addition to 50-59 and 90-99.* *

Proposal No. 23, via competition committee: Make it illegal for an offensive player with an eligible receiver's number to report as ineligible and line up outside of the tackle box (like the Patriots did in the divisional playoffs).

There are four bylaw proposals, including eliminating the cutdown to 75 players on the active list. If passed, there would be just one round of cuts to 53. There is one resolution that would allow teams with retractable roofs to open them during halftime shows.

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