National Football League rule proposals include adding booth umpire, tech advisor for refs

National Football League rule proposals include adding booth umpire, tech advisor for refs

The rule proposal, which will be voted on by National Football League owners, is envisioned primarily as an opportunity for teams to get the ball back after scoring.

NFL Network's Judy Battista tweeted Thursday the league is beginning to warm to an idea suggested by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The end may be near for the onside kick.

The NFL is considering an extra set of eyes in the sky, and a change to onside kicks that some people might see as gimmicky.

Owners rejected a similar proposal previous year from the Denver Broncos, but the league did try it out during the 2019 Pro Bowl. It just one down.

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From the Ravens and Chargers: The addition of a "booth umpire" as well as the addition of a "Senior Technology Advisor to the Referee" to assist officials. The competition committee has recommended not renewing the rule that was put in place for last season after an egregious missed call in the 2018 NFC title game affected the result.

- Expanding the defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but who has not had time to avoid or ward off the impending contact of an opponent.

The rule "would allow the team that is trailing in the game a way to maintain possession after scoring by successfully converting a fourth-and-15 play from its own 25-yard line".

The Miami Dolphins have proposed giving the defense the option for the game clock to start on the referee's signal if that defense declines an offensive penalty that occurs late in either half. If they fail to convert, the opposing team would be able to take from the location of the dead ball. That team might decide it's better to try to kick off for a touchback and not waste the two-minute warning, rather than try to get the ball back with the onside kick alternative knowing that the next play will be run after the two-minute warning.

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