Owners Approve Kickoff, Replay Changes

In New Orleans at their annual March meetings, NFL owners voted on Tuesday afternoon to make changes in the league’s rules involving kickoffs and instant replay.

Approved was a scaled down version of changes to kickoffs that were introduced by the league’s Competition Committee. Also, the owners agreed to institute replay reviews on every scoring play.

Starting with the 2011 season – if there is a season – kickoffs will take place from the 35-yard line, rather than the 30. The approval vote on that came down 26-6. The league moved the kickoff point to the 30 in 1994 from the 40-yard line. The players on the kickoff coverage team will also be able to lineup only five yards behind the 35-yard line.

Two parts of the committee’s recommendation were dropped – moving the yard line for a touchback at the 25 and eliminating all wedges in blocking. The touchback line will remain the 20 and two-man wedges will continue to be allowed.

By a vote of 30-2, the owners approved replay review of all scoring plays. But they did not approve the elimination of a third challenge for any coach that correctly challenges plays on the first two reviews.

4 Responses to “Owners Approve Kickoff, Replay Changes”

  • March 23, 2011  - Kent Pulliam says:

    I have never liked the kickoff rule that allows a guy to boot it into or through the end zone. Everybody else has to play inside the boundaries of the field. Make kickers do that as well. Kicking into the end zone on the fly should be like kicking it out of bounds and put it on the 35. If the receiving team doesn’t return a ball that lands in the field and rolls into the end zone, they get it at the 20 like now.

  • March 23, 2011  - Nate says:

    They say a camel is a horse designed by a commitee. That must be the case in the decision to have replay on EVERY scoring play. Talk about slowing down the game, this takes the cake! A much better option would be to let the coaches challenge any scoring play without it counting toward their 2 challenge. If the coach of the team that has been scored on doesn’t think that a challenge will change it, why in the hell should the zebras slow the game down by going under the hood!

  • March 24, 2011  - Nate says:

    Think about this senario…Matt Cassel throw a strike over the middle…Dwane Bowe catches it in stride and runs 40 yards untouched into the endzone for a touchdown… Now the head zebra is going to go over and get under the hood….What the hell for?

  • March 26, 2011  - Mark says:

    The replays will only be looked at for Controversial scoring plays, not every scoring play. To me, the big flaw is that it won’t be used for controversial plays that might have been scores, but weren’t ruled scores, like an Out of Bounds call in the end zone, etc. The Coaches will still have to use a challenge for those.

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