Roger Goodell: NFL executive, not refs, has final OK on every replay

NFL will consider 'significant' proposal allowing coaches to challenge all penalties

"That is a significant change to our current replay rule and it is something that will be on the floor and will be debated and voted on next week", National Football League head of officiating Dean Blandino said in a conference call on Thursday.

- The starting of the clock would be standardized when the runner goes out of bounds outside two minutes remaining in the first half and outside five minutes remaining in the second half.

Remember back in 2015 when Jamie Collins jumped over the line or scrimmage to block an extra point against the Colts?

The league proposed cutting overtime periods in the regular season and preseason from 15 to 10 minutes as part of more than a dozen rule and bylaw proposals up for vote at the league's annual meetings next week in Phoenix.

McKay said the league doesn't believe that shortening the length of overtime will lead to more ties, though he acknowledged it could.

"So, if I throw a challenge on an offensive holding play and they look at it, and they don't think it's holding, I lose the challenge". Are we concerned about that?

They will also vote on whether or not to keep the 2016 touchback rule, which moved touchbacks to the 25-yard line on a temporary basis last season, in place for another year.

"We're also looking to just find more efficiencies in some of the discretionary areas of game administration which includes getting in and out of TV breaks, penalty enforcement, replay administration and just being as efficient as possible in those areas", Blandino said. Three players were ejected last season as a result of that rule.

The committee did propose to turn the one-year experiment mandating ejection after two unsportsmanlike penalties in a single game into a permanent rule.

Another committee proposal involved expanding the definition of players protected under "defenseless player" regulations to include receivers running their routes.

"We've seen several examples where players have been flipped over, land on their head, their neck, and the potential for a serious injury certainly increases when you have a player in a vulnerable position who's now going to be knocked off-balance and really can't control the way they land".

Replay: As Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined Wednesday, owners will consider having all replay decisions made by the officiating staff at league headquarters in NY, in consultation with the game's referee.

"We want to preserve the element of 'sudden death, '" he said. Instead, the official will receive a tablet with a headset on the sideline - but in an area close to where the referee originally stood on the field.

The Competition Committee is also recommending several measures created to improve pace of play.

After meetings after the Super Bowl, at the scouting combine in Indianapolis and over the past week, NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, competition committee chairman and Falcons president Rich McKay and NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said that the owners will vote on a series of proposals focused primarily on improving player safety and pace of play. Neither is likely to pass, but team representatives will discuss both proposals.

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