On Tuesday, as part of the NFL league meetings, a number of rule changes were discussed with some being excepted or rejected while others were tabled for more discussion to happen during the next meetings in May. The following is a list of some of the most notable decisions to come out of Tuesday’s meetings based from various sources.
The Number 0
NFL owners just approved the proposal to allow players to wear Number Zero, I’m told.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2023
The NFL has adopted a policy where the number 0 can be used for a jersey, although the number 00 received no such status. While I really have no cares as to whether or not a player wears zero, the mathematician in me would love to see negatives, radicals, imaginary numbers, or even specific constants added to the list. How great would it be to see a kicker wearing “pi” on their jersey?
Onside Kick Alternative
NFL owners tabled the #Eagles’ proposal to create a 4th-and-20 alternative to the onside kick, I’m told. So not voted down, but further discussion needed.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2023
I didn’t expect the NFL to pass this one through, but the fact that they tabled the discussion to consider it further at a later time is interesting. Perhaps they’re waiting to see how it’s working in the XFL.
Reviewing Roughing the Passer
The proposal to make roughing the passing reviewable was not approved, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 28, 2023
When a player is down by contact, crosses the goal line, or gets two feet down, it’s a little more obvious than determining “how far is too far?” in how hard one can hit the quarterback. Making a different judgment call in regards to a judgment call probably isn’t the best thing as we saw in 2019 when they tested out reviewing pass interference.
53-man Roster Cut Down
One significant resolution — proposed by 25 NFL teams and adopted today — establishes one preseason cutdown date, which this year will be Aug. 29. pic.twitter.com/feT9vDJZqp— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2023
The NFL has gone back-and-forth with this. The advantage of the cut down earlier is it allows players who were towards the bottom of one roster that would be higher on another to find another team with preseason games left to go. Instead, 1,184 players will all hit free agency at the same time. Let the chaos ensue!
Third Quarterback Rule
Detroit’s proposal on bringing back the third QB rule was tabled, Rich McKay said. Some debate about whether that player could be a practice squad player or only an active roster player to dress on game day with a roster exemption.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2023
I think this rule will likely be back this year based on the high profile game in which it would have been utilized in te NFC Championship Game. What probably needs to happen is to iron out the details of exactly how it will be implemented, hence why it was tabled. But look for it to pass at some point.
Thursday Night Football
The Thursday Night Football flex scheduling proposal was tabled until May, per NFL EVP/Chief Media and Business Officer Brian Rolapp.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2023
However, owners did approve a change that will allow a team to play two TNF games in a season.
This feels like a compromise that is based off a bad idea. Although Thursday Night Football makes a lot of money, it’s terrible for the players to take the field on such a short week. In order to get better games for the national audience, the NFL wants to be able to flex in better games for a Thursday. This just goes to show that they value TV viewership and not in-stadium participation. Some people plan once-in-a-lifetime trips to see their team play. Changing the day the game is played would be catastrophic for them. But since the NFL wants better matchups, allowing certain teams to play twice on Thursday Night Football means the ones that don’t draw an audience won’t be burdened with it at all.
Everything Than Passed
To see a list of all the rules that were passed by the NFL owners on Tuesday, check out the following tweet from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero:
Full list of approved rules and bylaws changes at the NFL Annual Meeting today. pic.twitter.com/Abx1ddf0BY— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2023