Mar 3, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 3, eight days before the start of NFL free agency.
Packers CEO (and former Redskins safety) Mark Murphy revealed a list of rule changes that the competition committee will consider at the upcoming owners meetings. Here are five rule changes the NFL should make; the first three come from Murphy’s list, the other two have been kicked around for a while but aren’t necessarily under consideration.
Eliminate the point-after touchdown—With a 99.6 percent success rate, what’s the point (see what I did there)? Make the TD worth seven with an option to gain another point by passing or running over the goal line or lose a point if you try and fail to do so.
Expand the playoffs—Actually, I’m for seven teams in each conference making the playoffs if and only if they take some of the revenue and eliminate two preseason games. High stakes at the bottom of the playoff hunt and at the top as teams will fight for the one and only bye in each conference.
Centralize replay review—There is no point in the delay of having the ref go and stand under a hood for an eternity right in front of a large crowd that is screaming for him to either uphold or overturn the call. Have a crew in New York and let them make the call quickly and without crowd pressure.
Make everything reviewable under challenge—If a coach wants to use one of his challenges to say that pass interference wasn’t committed on a play or that his player did not go helmet to helmet on that defenseless player, or anything else, let him do it. If there’s indisputable video evidence, change the call. If not, don’t. This would correct obvious errors like the 49ers fumble recovery in the NFC title game. But to avoid four-hour games this should apply only on coaches’ challenges. When replay appeals go to the central location in New York, only current situations can be challenged.
Eliminate the spike to stop the clock—The spike is almost always a bad idea anyway. Teams use it way too often when running out of time is not an issue. But in any case the ability to trade a down for a quick stoppage of the clock should not so automatic. Make the offense run a play and throw a pass that is intended for a receiver.
—It’s been 64 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 188 days until they play another one.
—Days until: NFL Free agency starts 8; Offseason workouts start 35; NFL Draft 66
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