NFL owners to mull rule changes

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When NFL owners gather for their annual meetings Sunday through Wednesday in Phoenix, they will consider several rule changes for the 2019 season.

Most of the proposals involve expanding the use of replay. The Redskins are proposing that 1) All plays occurring during a game would be subject to a coaches’ challenge or a review by the officiating department in the instant replay system; and 2) Personal foul penalties (called or not called on the field) would also be subject to review.

The Eagles are proposing that scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul would be subject to an automatic replay review, while the Eagles, Panthers, Rams and Seahawks are proposing that designated player safety-related fouls (called or not called on the field) would also be subject to a coaches’ challenge.

The Broncos are proposing that all fourth-down plays spotted short of the line to gain or the goal line would be subject to an automatic replay review, as would all extra-point attempts and two-point conversions.

The Broncos are also proposing an alternative to the onside kick that would allow the trailing team an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring.

One notable proposed change is the direct result of what transpired in last season’s AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs are proposing that both teams would get the chance to possess the ball at least once in overtime, even if the first team with the ball scores a touchdown. Kansas City lost the AFC title contest when the Patriots opened overtime by driving the length of the field for a game-ending touchdown.

The Chiefs also have proposed eliminating overtime in the preseason and eliminating the overtime coin toss so that the winner of the coin toss to begin the game would start overtime by choosing whether to kick or receive, or which goal to defend.

New rules require the approval of 24 of the 32 team owners (75 percent) to be adopted.

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