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.
Next week National Football League teams will vote on a proposal to create an alternative, where a kicking team could take the ball on it's own 25-yard line and attempt to convert a 4th-and-15. The league also is looking at other rules changes, including an alternative to the onside kick.
The Philadelphia Eagles have proposed an alternative to the onside kick, which has become far more hard to successfully execute thanks to new configuration regulations that promote health and safety.More news: Healthcare staff to access Covid-19 antibody tests 'starting next week'
The booth umpire and technology adviser proposals were not endorsed by the competition committee, meaning they are unlikely to be approved as permanent rule changes.
There is now some momentum for a proposal from the Philadelphia Eagles - which has in the past been sniffed at by some as too gimmicky - which 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. So, even if owners do not pass either of the new proposals outright next week, it is likely a version of some kind of addition to the officiating crew could be tested in the preseason for possible further implementation. This could be done a maximum of two times per game.
Also to be discussed will be making permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any extra point attempt. Instead of kicking off after a score late in the fourth quarter, a team would have the option for one offensive play from its 25-yard line.More news: COVID-19 positive mink 'likely' to have infected Dutch farm worker
The Eagles had proposed restoring preseason and regular-season overtime to 15 minutes and implementing rules to minimize the impact of the overtime coin toss, but they have withdrawn the ideas.
Increased "defenseless player protection" for a kick 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".
-Amending a rule that teams have used to manipulate the game clock with multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running.More news: Why the internet is calling this Costco worker a hero