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NFL Competition Commitee Announces New Rule Proposals

Every year, the NFL Competition Committee gets together to announce new proposals which will be voted on during the annual NFL Owners' Meetings. The committee is a group of eight members made up by both active head coaches and managers, headed by Chairman Rich McKay. There are a number of new proposals on the table for this year. 13 are rule proposals, 7 are bylaw proposals, and 1 is a resolution proposal. Here are the full details, courtesy of APC and PFT:

Rule Proposals

Move kickoffs to 40-yard line (proposed by Redskins)

Make personal foul penalties reviewable (Redskins)

No overtime in preseason games (Redskins)

Extend goalposts five feet higher (Patriots)

Move PAT line of scrimmage to 25-yard line (Patriots)

Add cameras to goal lines to assist with instant replay (Patriots)

Allow any referee's decision to be reviewable (Patriots)

Include blocks from the side in "roll-up" block personal foul penalties (proposed by Committee)

Allow replay communications between officials to include league representative at league office (Committee)

Make the recovery of a loose ball a reviewable play and reorganize the replay section of the rules (Committee)

Allow clock to run when quarterback is sacked at all times (Committee)

Remove one-yard interference zone and enforce pass interference anywhere beyond line of scrimmage (Committee)

Simplify penalty yardage enforcement on certain plays including change of possession (Committee)

Bylaw proposals

Raise the number of active players on game day from 46 to 49 for regular-season games played on a day other than Sunday or Monday, excluding Week One.

Raise the practice squad limit from eight players to 10 players.

Permit clubs to trade players prior to the start of the league year.

Eliminate the cut-down to 75 players during training camp and instead just have one cut-down from 90 players to 53 players.

Permit more than one player to return to the active list from injured reserve so that any player on injured reserve could return after six weeks.

Permit each club to time and test up to 10 draft-eligible players at its facility, and allow any club that wishes to attend timing and testing at another team’s facility.

Adjust the time of the roster reduction from 53 after the fourth preseason game from 6 p.m. Eastern to 4 p.m. Eastern. All teams would have to have their list of final cuts in by 4 p.m.

Resolution Proposal

Permit a home team with a retractable roof to open or close its roof at halftime, instead of having to determine at the start of the game whether it is open or closed.


The Eagles were the team to propose the bylaw that would limit teams to a maximum of 10 players from the combine being allowed to visit each facility for timing and testing. The proposal would also allow all 32 teams to attend a private workout if 3 or more draft-eligible players are present.

It'll be interesting to see which proposals make it through the cut. The NFL Owners' Meetings start this weekend and last into the week (March 23-26).

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