Early rules meetings focus on replay, sideline of future, more

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Weeks before the NFL’s owners vote on potential rule changes for the coming season, the process commences with meetings at the Scouting Combine.  NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent provided on Monday a preview of the topics that could generate new or revised rules.

Calling it an “important week for making football better” on Twitter, Vincent said he’ll meet with coaches and the Competition Committee.  The subjects include instant replay, the “sideline of the future,” officiating, and “ways to better protect players from unnecessary risk.”

The replay process has become an annual source of consternation and discussion.  Coaches like Bill Belichick believe that the red challenge flag should be available for any and all purposes; as long as indisputable visual evidence exists to overturn a ruling on the field, the coach should be able to request a second look with one of the two (three if the first two are used properly) attempts to overturn a ruling on the field.

The sideline of the future likely consists of expanded use of tablet technology, with video possibly augmenting in-game strategizing.  And maybe flying cars.

Officiating also has become a year-in, year-out focal point, with the NFL looking for ways to improve performance without making all officials full-time employees.

For some changes, the union will have a voice.  Especially if attempts to protect players from unnecessary risk exposes other players to enhanced penalties for exposing coworkers to enhanced risk.

15 responses to “Early rules meetings focus on replay, sideline of future, more

  1. Looking forward to the weakened passing defense proposals from the annual Subcommittee on Saving Peyton Manning’s legacy.

  2. I won’t say this often but I agree with Bill Belichick. I’d also like to see the replays centralized like they are in the NHL, have the ref put on the headset and talk to the league reply centre in New York (or wherever) and let them make the decision, it might not be perfect but at least then you’ll get consistent rulings from game to game.

  3. I think coaches should be able to challenge most things except an uncalled penalty that has no impact on the play. They should get two challenges and if correct they should get to keep challenging until they challenge wrong. Why should a team be put at a disadvantage because the officials have a bad day? If the NFL is worried about extended game length they should concentrate on the officials rather than legitimate challenges.

  4. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Feb 16, 2015 5:18 PM
    Mike McCarthy would like to change the rule that says you have to kick a field goal on fourth down to allow a team to try for a touchdown.

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    And the Vikings would like to have the league use smaller footballs so that their QB can throw it more than 20 yards downfield.

  5. “The sideline of the future likely consists of expanded use of tablet technology, with video possibly augmenting in-game strategizing. ”

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    So… Legalizing “Spygate”?

  6. “ways to better protect players from unnecessary risk.”

    Here we go again, it’s just a matter of time before hitting is illegal.

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