Extra ref, onside kick rule among five changes National Football League owners considering

Report Support seems to be growing for change to NFL's onside kick rule

The NFL is scheduled to vote on more rules change proposals for the 2020 NFL season a week from now on Thursday, May 28 in a virtual league meeting. That's what the onside kick has always been for, but in recent years kickoff rule changes have made onside kicks harder for the kicking team to recover, so this alternative has been proposed.

The Eagles had proposed restoring preseason and regular-season overtime to 15 minutes and to implement rules to minimize the impact of the overtime coin toss. A turnover on downs would obviously result in tremendous field position for the other team, but the play would nearly certainly have a higher success rate than the on-side kick.

The XFL didn't go this far with its rule: If a team wishes to run an onside kick, it must indicate this to the official before the play and the teams will be permitted to line up using traditional National Football League rules (i.e. 10 yards apart from the kicking team). That team might use the onside kick alternative just to have the quarterback kneel down and run the remaining time off the clock, rather than kick off and risk a kickoff return touchdown. That has made onside kicks even more hard to recover. Convert the play and keep the ball.

All told, there are seven new rules that will be reviewed next week.

It would certainly add a unique wrinkle to the game.

-Amending a rule that teams have used to manipulate the game clock with multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running.

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.

The proposal that would give teams another option instead of an onside kick permits a team to maintain possession of the ball after a score by substituting one offensive play.

The booth umpire and technology adviser proposals were not endorsed by the competition committee, meaning they are unlikely to be approved as permanent rule changes.

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