A proposal being voted on by the NFL that would give teams an alternative to the traditional onside kick is gaining some serious momentum around the league in recent days, as reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
NFL clubs today received updated playing rules change proposals.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 21, 2020
Most interesting: an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team a chance to maintain possession by going for it on 4th-and-15 from their 25-yard line. Sounds like support for the idea is growing.
The proposal, originally sent in by the Philadelphia Eagles, calls for teams to have the chance at either kick the normal inside or getting the chance to convert a 4th-and-15 from their own 25-yard line.
Next week, @NFL clubs will meet virtually – among items on the agenda are a review of 2020 rules change proposals.— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) May 21, 2020
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It should be noted, however, that no team would be allowed to try this more than twice in a single game.
Per Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the Denver Broncos were actually the first team to propose the rule change at the league’s annual meetings back in March 2019.
For this change to go through, the proposal would need the backing of at least 24 teams.
Most recently, the 4th-and-15 attempt was used in January’s Pro Bowl by the NFC when they were down by five in the fourth quarter but Kirk Cousins was intercepted by Earl Thomas.
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