National Football League clubs received a list of potential rules changes on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Enter the newest proposal, which would see a team's offense attempt to convert a fourth-and-15 play from its 25-yard line following a score in lieu of going for an onside kick.
As it stands, teams have nearly no chance of recovering an on-side kick.
The league allowed this rule to go into effect during last year's Pro Bowl, and the NFC team - coached by Pete Carroll - attempted one late in the game, a pass from Kirk Cousins intended for Kenny Golladay that was instead intercepted by former Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.
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.
Diving deeper thanks to NFL Research, 21.2 percent of onside kicks from 1992 (when onside kick data became available) to 2017 were recovered.
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According to NFL Media's Judy Battista, the proposal "has in the past been sniffed at by some as too gimmicky", but it will be under consideration by owners during a May 28 virtual meeting.
It would certainly add a unique wrinkle to the game. The teams also have proposed adding a senior technology advisor to the referee to assist the crew.
From the Dolphins: Give the defense the option to have the clock to start on the referee's signal, if the defense declines an offensive penalty late in the first or second half.
- Expanding the defenseless player protection to a kickoff 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.
Cutting down on game clock manipulation by disallowing "multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running". But they have withdrawn the idea.
All told, there are seven new rules that will be reviewed next week.