The NFL is contemplating including a “sales space umpire” and a senior know-how adviser to the referee to help the officiating crew.
The league is also taking a look at different guidelines adjustments, together with a substitute for the onside kick.
NFL golf equipment acquired an inventory of potential guidelines adjustments on Thursday. House owners will vote on the proposals on the upcoming league assembly to be held by video convention on Could 28.
The league’s competitors committee informed groups final month it helps finding out methods to find out how officiating personnel who’ve entry to a video feed may assist on-field officers. A sales space umpire would function an eighth recreation official.
If homeowners don’t approve including a sales space umpire and/or a senior know-how adviser, the league may take a look at a model of each guidelines within the preseason for attainable future implementation.
The proposal that will give groups another choice as a substitute of an onside kick permits a group to take care of possession of the ball after a rating by substituting one offensive play. The kicking group would try a fourth-and-15 from its 25-yard line. This could possibly be completed a most of two occasions per recreation.
Onside kicks have develop into rare — and rarely profitable — because the NFL modified guidelines on alignments for kickoffs.
Different guidelines adjustments that’ll be mentioned:
• Making everlasting the growth of automated replay critiques to incorporate scoring performs and turnovers negated by a foul, and any profitable or unsuccessful extra-point try.
• Offering the choice to the protection for the sport clock to begin on the referee’s sign if the protection declines an offensive penalty that happens late in both half. This is able to remove cases when an offense may benefit time-wise from committing a penalty.
• Increasing the defenseless participant safety to a kickoff or punt returner who’s in possession of the ball however who has not had time to keep away from or beat back the approaching contact of an opponent.
• Stopping groups from manipulating the sport clock by committing a number of dead-ball fouls whereas the clock is operating.
The Eagles had proposed restoring preseason and regular-season additional time to 15 minutes and to implement guidelines to reduce the influence of the additional time coin toss. However they’ve withdrawn the thought.
House owners are anticipated to drop the usage of video critiques on move interference after a one-year trial that prompted as many complications because it solved points. The competitors committee has really useful not renewing the rule that was put in place for final season after an egregious missed name within the 2018 NFC title recreation affected the end result.