The fourth-and-15 onside kick different put forth by the Eagles was tabled earlier than the NFL house owners vote, in response to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Eagles’ proposal was one among a number of attainable rule adjustments league house owners mentioned on Wednesday.
The Eagles’ proposal would give groups the choice of both kicking off or the chance to transform a fourth-and-15 on their very own 25-yard-line after a rating. If the staff with the ball fails to covert, the defensive staff would take over on the dead-ball spot at their opponent’s finish of the sector. For any new rule to go, it should receiver 75% (or 24 votes) from league house owners.
Whereas they nonetheless assist their proposal, the Eagles are hoping that one of many proposals that did go on Wednesday will result in extra profitable onside kicks, per Schefter. Beginning this season, there will probably be a restricted quantity of gamers a return staff can have in the “setup zone,” which is the world between 10 and 25 yards from the spot of the kickoff. This could doubtless improve the chances of the kicking staff having the ability to get well onside kicks. If this new rule proves to be an efficient decision, it is extremely doubtless that the Eagles’ proposition won’t be voted on within the foreseeable future.
Different rule adjustments that had been enforce Wednesday included eliminating time beyond regulation throughout the preseason. House owners additionally voted in the direction of giving the replay officers the flexibility to seek the advice of with referees on sure “particular, goal features of a play when clear and apparent video proof is current,” in response to ESPN. There may even be extra of an emphasis on implementing the taunting penalty.
One other proposal that was to be authorized was the Chiefs‘ jersey quantity proposal, a proposal that may undoubtedly result in a number of distinguished quantity adjustments earlier than the beginning of the 2021 season.