NFL owners on Wednesday approved eliminating overtime in preseason games and expanded the jersey numbers for receivers,, and defensive backs. The league also will allow on-field officials to get members of the officiating department “when clear and obvious video evidence is present.” “I know, in my opinion, what subjective looks like.
Said Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons and long-time chairman of the powerful competition committee. “And what is the standard if you get to subjective things in that booth? Do we re-officiate the play? “In this case, it’s objective (information); there is a way they could assist. We have the technology, outstanding technology now. Let’s use that technology and try to improve. I do get nervous when it goes beyond that.
, the 32 owners also tabled a proposal by the Philadelphia Eagles that a team is given two chances per game to retain possession after a score by converting a fourth-and-15 play from its 25-yard line. Some owners, general , and coaches consider that too gimmicky, though they are eager to solve the near disappearance of the onside kick. Troy Vincent, a former player who oversees operations, senses value in something close to the Eagles’ suggestion.
“I do believe there is some merit, maybe not the fourth-and-15, but the fans want to see the stars with the ball in their hands,” Vincent said. “I think there is something there with that option for the club to getwhen down two scores … that could be something I see happening in the future. That is good for the player, and it is also good for those did approve establishing a maximum number of players in the setup zone (between 10 and 25 yards from the kickoff) in hopes of enhancing onside kick opportunities. Defending teams will be limited to nine players in that zone.
“Special teams (committee) suggested a maximum number of people in the setup zone, and for one year only, we’ll try that and see what that does to the onside kick numbers,” McKay said. Also approved were ensuring enforcement of all accepted penalties committed by eitherduring successive extra-point attempts and adding a loss of down for a second forward pass thrown from behind the line of scrimmage and for a pass thrown after the ball returns behind the bar. The league found too many potential incidents in 2020. McKay said a point of emphasis this will be cracking down on taunting on the field.
Increasing available numbers was a matter of necessity, Vincent and McKay explained. With 16 practice players, some of whom can be active on, plus retired numbers, teams needed more options. “Frankly, the players like having the options,” Vincent said. “I know it is not what we are accustomed to seeing, someone on the line wearing a single digit, but I think it is fun.”
The league announced that its 2021 schedule, the first with a 17-game, will be released on May 12.
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