Changes to instant replays dominated the proposals made by NFL teams ahead of the 2019 season.
A total of seven teams made nine proposals to change the rules governing the NFL for next season.
Several organisations appear unhappy with how the instant replay system is working in the NFL, while the others proposed changes, which if were already in place might have dramatically changed the outcome of last season.
The Kansas City Chiefs proposed to make changes to Rule 16 – Overtime Procedures.
The Chiefs would like to see both teams have the opportunity to have possession of the football at least once in overtime, regardless if a side scores a touchdown.
It is an interesting suggestion, especially after they lost the AFC Championship game 37-31 against the New England Patriots in overtime last season.
The Chiefs lost the coin toss in overtime and had to watch Patriots quarterback Tom Brady win the game.
New England moved the ball 75 yards up the field in 13 plays and finished the drive with a touchdown to win the game – all while Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes watched on from the sidelines.
Of the nine proposals, seven relate to Rule 15, Section 2 – Instant Replays.
Four teams, the Carolina Panthers, the Los Angeles Rams, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks all want to add a review of designated player safety-related fouls as plays subject to coaches’ challenge.
While the Denver Broncos, who made the most suggested changes with three proposals, would like to see an amendment to the way onside kicks are carried out.
The Broncos suggested that if a team, who must be trailing in the game, scores any points, they should be able to keep possession when the game restarts, rather than using an onside kick as a means of trying to recover the football.
By Kansas City; to amend Rule 16 to (1) allow both teams the opportunity to possess the ball at least one time in overtime, even if the first team to possess the ball in overtime scores a touchdown; (2) eliminate overtime for preseason; and (3) eliminate overtime coin toss so that winner of initial coin toss to begin game may choose whether to kick or receive, or which goal to defend.
By Denver; to amend Rule 6, Section 1, Article 1 to provide an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team who is trailing in the game an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring.
By Washington; to amend Rule 15, Section 2 to subject all plays that occur during a game to coaches’ challenge by teams or review by the Officiating department in the instant replay system.
By Washington; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, Article 5 to add review of personal fouls as reviewable plays in the instant replay system.
By Kansas City; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to add review of personal fouls (called or not called on the field) as plays subject to coaches’ challenge in the instant replay system.
By Carolina, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia and Seattle; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to add review of designated player safety-related fouls (called or not called on the field) as plays subject to coaches’ challenge in the instant replay system.
By Philadelphia; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to add scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul to be subject to automatic review in the instant replay system.
By Denver; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to add all fourth down plays that are spotted short of the line to gain or goal line to be subject to automatic review in the instant replay system.
By Denver; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to add all Try attempts (Extra point or Two-point conversion) to be subject to automatic review in the instant replay system.