According to numerous reports, one of the changes that has garnered a lot of support recently is a rule that would provide teams an alternative to the onside kick.
Other rules on the table are an alternative to the onside kick, which would give the kicking team the option - twice per game, maximum - of attempting a 4th-and-15 set play from its own 25-yardline.
The NFL announced seven rule change proposals on Thursday and the most notable is a proposal to attempt a fourth-and-long scenario in place of an onside kick. According to ProFootballTalk, the onside kick success rate dropped from 21% to 6% from 2017 to 2018, when new kickoff rules were introduced.
According to the Washington Post, the "competition committee's formal recommendation to National Football League owners that they ratify sky judge or technology adviser (or some blend of the two) as a preseason experiment greatly improves the chances that will be the outcome when the owners vote next Thursday".
The NFL is considering adding a "booth umpire" and a senior technology adviser to the referee to assist the officiating crew.
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.
A proposal suggests that teams should be allowed to try a 4th-and-15 play in lieu of an onside kick.
- Providing the option to the defense for the game clock to start on the referee's signal if the defense declines an offensive penalty that occurs late in either half. Either way, Pelissero gets the sense that some version of that concept will be tested in the preseason. This would eliminate instances when an offense could benefit time-wise from committing a penalty.
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".
The Eagles had proposed restoring preseason and regular-season overtime to 15 minutes and to implement rules to minimize the impact of the overtime coin toss.
If they fail to convert, the opposing team would be able to take from the location of the dead ball.