Eliminating preseason overtime, reviewing personal fouls, coaches challenges, active/inactive lists and player cutdown lists were the focus of six rule amendments proposed by the Redskins for 2016.
The Washington Redskins next week will have six rule amendments submitted to officials at the annual league meetings in Boca Raton, Fla.
The Redskins’ suggested changes – which were submitted for reasons that include player safety, competitive fairness and integrity of the game – will be placed in front of league officials at the Boca Resort & Club March 20-23.
The Redskins’ 2016 bylaw proposals include:
- Amend Rule 16, Section 1, Articles 1,4, 6 and 7 (Overtime Procedures, pgs. 65-66)
- The Redskins are proposing to eliminate overtime periods in preseason games. Their cited reason is player safety.
- As it stands now, if the score is tied at the end of the regulation playing time of all preseason, regular season and postseason NFL games, a system of modified sudden-death overtime – one 15-minute period – is put into effect. If the score is tied at the end of that period, then the game results in a tie.
- Amend Rule 15, Section 2, Article 4 (Reviewable Plays, pgs. 63-64)
- The Redskins are proposing adding a third caveat to reviewable plays: any personal foul penalty. They cite “competitive fairness and integrity of the game” for this bylaw proposal.
- Currently, the law reads “The Replay System will cover the following play situations only: 1. The position of the ball with respect to a first down; 2. Whether more than 11 players were on the field at the snap.”
- Amend Rule 15, Section 2, Article 1 (Coaches’ Challenge, pg. 63)
- The Redskins are proposing eliminating the requirement that a team be successful on each of its first two Instant Replay challenge in order to be awarded a third challenge. They again cite “competitive fairness and integrity of the game” for this bylaw proposal.
- Currently, the law reads: “In each game, a team will be permitted two challenges that will initiate Instant Replay reviews. The Head Coach will initiate a challenge by throwing a red flag onto the field of play before the next legal snap or kick. Each challenge will require the use of a team timeout. If a challenge is upheld, the timeout will be restored. A challenge will only be restored if a team is successful on both of its challenges, in which case it shall be awarded a third challenge, but a fourth challenge will not be permitted under any circumstances.”
- Amend Article XVII, Section 17.3 (Active/Inactive Lists)
- The Redskins are proposing an increase in the number of Active List players for regular season games played on a day other than Sunday or Monday (excluding the opening weekend of the season) and for games played in another country from 45 to 49 players per club. They cite player safety for this proposal.
- Currently, one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff, each club is required to establish its 45-player active list for a game by notifying the officials of its Inactive List. Teams playing on Thursday or Saturdays – or playing in another country – often are at a disadvantage because their players are given less time to recover and/or the team has less time to sign additional players to the roster.
- Amend Article XVII, Section 17.1 (F) (Cutdowns and Player Limits)
- As it stands now, teams are required to cut down their training camp rosters from 90 players to 75 on the Tuesday after their third preseason weekend, and then cut again from 75 to 53 players on the Saturday of the fourth preseason weekend. The Redskins are proposing eliminating the cut down to 75 players altogether, giving teams more available players throughout the preseason. The Redskins cited “player safety and player development” for this bylaw proposal.
- Currently the law reads “Subject to the provisions of Section 17.3 of this Article, clubs will be required to reduce their Active Lists to 75 players by 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday after the third preseason weekend and to 53 players by 6:00 p.m., New York time, on the Saturday of the fourth preseason weekend. The claiming period for players on waivers at the final cutdown shall be 12 noon, New York time, on the following day (Sunday).”
- Amend Article XVII, Section 17.14 (Exemption List)
- The Redskins are proposing to permit a player who has suffered a concussion and has not yet been cleared for participation to be placed on the club's Exemption List and be replaced by a player on the team's practice squad on a game-by-game basis until the injured player is cleared.
- Currently, players can only be on three lists: Active, Reserve or Exemption. The Redskins are proposing added a "Exemption List (Concussion)" notation in order to have the ability to add a practice squad player in their place until that player is cleared to return under the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee's Protocols Regarding Diagnosis and Management of Concussions.