The NFL's competition committee discussed the proposed rule changes they will be voting on next week at the NFL owners meetings and we have a copy of the various rule changes proposed, including a proposal from the Kansas City Chiefs.
Go here to read all the rule changes proposed by various teams. Some make a lot of sense, such as the Patriots proposal to include cameras at the goal line, and some don't make sense, such as the Colts suggesting you get to kick an extra attempt if you successfully convert a two-point conversion, which would make a touchdown potentially a nine-point play.
The Chiefs did propose one rule change relating to replay reviews.
"Kansas City's proposal is proposal number nine, they're requesting to expand plays for reviews that will be initiated by the official to include those that result in a score and change of possession if the on-field ruling is reversed," Jeff Fisher, Rams coach and competition committee member, told the media on Wednesday.
Here is the relevant section on the Chiefs proposal. The new language is in parentheses and the deleted language is crossed through.
Amend Rule 15, Section 2, Article 2 (Replay Official's Request for Review, pg. 77) to read:
Article 2 Replay Official's Request for Review.
After all scoring plays, interceptions, fumbles and backward passes that are recovered by an opponent or go out of bounds through an opponent's end zone, muffed scrimmage kicks recovered by the kicking team, after the two-minute warning of each half and throughout any overtime period, any Replay Review will be initiated by a Replay Official from a Replay Booth comparable to the location of the coaches' booth or Press Box.
A Replay Review will be initiated by a Replay Official from a Replay Booth comparable to the location of the coaches' booth or Press Box in any of the following situations: (a) Any play after the two-minute warning of each half, (b) any play throughout any overtime period, (c) after all scoring plays, interceptions, fumbles or backward passes that are recovered by an opponent or go out of bounds through an opponent's end zone, or muffed scrimmage kicks recovered by the kicking team, or (d) after any reversal of an onfield ruling that has a result that falls under category (c) above.
Note 1: There is no limit to the number of Replay Reviews that may be initiated by the Replay Official. His ability to initiate a review will be unrelated to the number of timeouts that either team has remaining, and no timeout will be charged for any review initiated by the Replay Official.
Note 2: The Replay Official must initiate a review before the ball is next legally put in play.
Submitted by Kansas City
Effect: Expands plays for which reviews will be initiated by the Replay Official to include those that would result in a score or change of possession if the onfield ruling is reversed.
Reason: Permits the Instant Replay system to correct an officiating error.
I can't think of what scenario this would come into play. I'd like to hear the background behind why the Chiefs proposed this and who pushed it. The teams will be voting on these proposals at next week's owners meetings.