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NFL Stands Firm on Traditional Onside Kick Rule, For Now

NFL teams reject proposal for fourth-and-20 onside kick alternative

NFL Stands Firm on Traditional Onside Kick Rule, For Now

The NFL has once again rejected an alternative to the onside kick, proposed by the Eagles. The new rule would have allowed teams to line up their offense on fourth-and-20 instead of kicking off, but it was voted down at a league meeting. Under this proposed rule, teams that scored a touchdown or field goal would have had the option to take the ball at their own 20-yard line and face a fourth-and-20. If they converted the fourth-and-20, they would have kept possession of the ball.

Despite ongoing discussions about alternatives to the onside kick during offseason rule proposals, this particular proposal has consistently failed to gain traction. Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay acknowledged the resistance to changes in traditional rules but stated that more discussions about onside kick alternatives will happen in the future.

The NFL’s primary concern moving forward is deciding what to do with the kickoff itself, as they are considering a shift towards a low-impact kickoff rule similar to what was previously used in the XFL. However, before revisiting any onside kick rules, they will need to determine the kickoff rules for the 2024 season first.

In summary, no alternatives to the onside kick have been approved by the NFL as of now, despite ongoing discussions and proposals during offseason meetings.

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