NFL Officials Discussing Rules Changes During Combine
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NFL Officials are discussing possible rules changes in meetings held in Indianapolis during the NFL Combine.
One of the rules promised by NFL officials is removing a challenge rule that penalizes a team for challenging a scoring play because it would already be reviewed. Greg Rakestraw with 1070 The Fan says coaches are conditioned to throw the flag when they see a play they want to challenge. He says removing that penalty gives coaches a free pass to have a normal reaction to a play.
Rakestraw says he doesn't expect any rulings on potentially taking away kickoffs from the game which had been discussed last season. He believes the NFL will wait to see what kind of injury statistics from kickoff plays show up after moving kickoffs to the 35 yard line which has resulted in less actual kickoff returns.
Rakestraw says another rule with the best chance of passing and being put into practice next season is a ban on chop blocks to the knees. Officials are also looking into banning offensive players like wide receivers and running backs from leading with their helmets, something defensive players are already not allowed to do.