All NFL participant ejections will probably be topic to replay assessment if homeowners approve a contest committee proposal subsequent week at their spring assembly in Atlanta.
The change, launched in writing Wednesday by the NFL, is a component of a bigger effort to discourage gamers from reducing their helmets to provoke contact with opponents. Owners adopted that rule in March.
Flagrant situations of these fouls will result in ejections, much like the NCAA’s focusing on rule. But the competitors committee, together with many coaches and different on-field personnel, felt strongly about utilizing replay as a security web towards such a extreme penalty.
Assuming it’s accredited, a replay assessment will probably be required for all ejections, whether or not they outcome from a violation of the helmet rule, throwing a punch or some other flagrant act. In addition to the replay rule adjustment, the NFL additionally put in writing its plans to reimagine the kickoff in an try to scale back concussions related to it. The proposal is much like what a group of special-teams coaches suggested during a May 2 meeting at NFL headquarters.
The adjustments, designed to scale back high-speed collisions, embrace:
The elimination of operating begins for kickoff protection groups;
A requirement that eight of the 11 males on the return staff should be aligned within the “setup zone” inside 15 yards of the ball;
No blocking inside the “setup zone” till the ball is touched or hits the bottom;
The elimination of two-man wedge blocks;
Kickoff staff will need to have 5 males lined up on both facet of the ball, a transfer that can restrict schemes designed to get free runners in protection down the sphere.
Owners will collect subsequent Tuesday and Wednesday in Atlanta for a busy spring assembly that can embrace votes on these proposals, together with the anticipated approval of David Tepper as the brand new Carolina Panthers proprietor. Also on the agenda is a dialogue concerning the league’s coverage for gamers throughout the nationwide anthem. Current league guidelines request however don’t require gamers to face throughout the anthem.
Owners revealed significant differences in opinion on the issue in March and won’t discover a compromise, if in any respect, till nearer to the season.