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NFL owners meetings: A look at the schedule, and what Detroit Lions storylines to watch in Phoenix
By Kyle Meinke |
on March 23, 2015 at 4:59 AM, updated March 23, 2015 at 5:00 AM

PHOENIX -- All kinds of business will be conducted this week when the NFL's biggest movers and shakers gather at a swanky hotel out in the desert.

That includes considering 23 possible rule changes -- 13 of which deal with instant replay.

Clearly there is a lot of discontent around the league over how replay is executed, and the Detroit Lions are definitely in that camp after a controversial picked-up flag contributed to their ouster from the playoffs.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew was originally ruled to have been interfered with while trying to catch a third-down pass in a wild-card game against Dallas. But after the penalty was announced and assessed, head linesman Jerry Bergman decided to overturn the penalty.

Sam Martin shanked the ensuing punt, and Dallas drove back the other way to score what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. The Lions' season was over.

Coach Jim Caldwell said in the aftermath of that play that he wants the league to explore ways to use technology to diminish the human element in officiating.

To that end, the Lions officially filed a proposal with the league to make all plays in which a flag is thrown reviewable. General manager Martin Mayhew told reporters last week he does not expect the proposal to be ratified for the 2015 season, but hopes this is the impetus for eventual change.

"I think what's going to happen is there will be more dialogue about ways to improve it," Mayhew told reporters at Michigan State's pro day, according to multiple reports. "I think that really it may even initiate with the competition committee, about how they want to revamp it. Obviously, those guys have their finger on the pulse of what needs to change and what could be more efficient."

Here's a look at the rest of the rule proposals that will be considered this week at the owners meetings, which are being held Monday through Wednesday at the Arizona Bitmore hotel in Phoenix:

1. Allow a coach to challenge any officials' decision except scoring plays and turnovers. (Submitted by New England)
2. Make all fouls reviewable. (Submitted by Detroit)
3. Make personal fouls reviewable pursuant to a coach's challenge. (Submitted by Tennessee)
4. Make personal foul penalties reviewable. (Submitted by Washington)
5. Make any penalty that results in an automatic first down reviewable. (Submitted by Washington)
6. A foul against a defenseless receiver may be enforced when a reversal results in an incomplete pass. (Tennessee)
7. Make fouls against defenseless players reviewable, and an unsuccessful challenge will not cost a team a timeout. (Submitted by Indianapolis)
8. Eliminate the requirement that a team be successful on each of its first two instant replay challenges in order to be awarded a third challenge. (Washington)
9. Expand reviewable plays to include those that would result in a score or change of possession if the on-field ruling is reversed. (Submitted by Kansas City)
10. Add review of game clock on the final play of a half or overtime to instant replay system. (Submitted by Tennessee)
11. Add the play clock to the instant replay system. (Chicago)
12. Add fixed cameras on all boundary lines. (New England)
13. Stadium-produced video may be used for reviews. (Submitted by Tennessee)
14. Move the line of scrimmage for extra-point attempts to the defensive team's 15-yard line. (Submitted by New England)
15. Add a bonus extra-point attempt after a successful two-point conversion. The try would be from 50 yards. (Submitted by Indianapolis)
16. Prohibits Team B players from pushing teammates on the line of scrimmage into the offensive formation when Team A presents a punt formation. (Submitted by Baltimore)
17. Both teams guaranteed a possession in overtime. (Submitted by Chicago)
18. Expand prohibition of illegal "peel back" block to all offensive players. (Submitted by Miami)
19. Give the intended receiver of a pass defenseless player protection in the immediate continuing action following an interception. (Submitted by competition committee)
20. Allow an unsportsmanlike conduct foul at the end of a half to be applied to the ensuing kickoff. (Submitted by the competition committee)
21. Prohibit backs from chopping a defensive player engaged above the waist by another offensive player outside the area originally occupied by the tight end. (Submitted by the competition committee)
22. Permit clubs to assign additional jersey numbers to linebackers. (Submitted by the competition committee)
23. Prohibit an offensive player with an eligible number to report as ineligible and line up outside the core of the formation. (Submitted by the competition committee)

And now the by-law proposals:

1. Eliminate the cutdown to 75 players on the active list. (Submitted by Washington)
2. Prohibit timing and on-field testing at a club's facility for players who attended the combine. (Submitted by Philadelphia)
3. Permit clubs to designate after 4 p.m. ET on the day after the final roster reduction the one player eligible to return to their active list from reserve/Injured. (Submitted by the competition committee)
4. Change the date for the beginning of the window during which players on the physically unable to perform list may practice. (Submitted by the competition committee)

Some Lions-related news should emerge from the meetings, regardless of what happens on the rules front. Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand are expected to field questions for the first time about their blockbuster trade for Haloti Ngata.

They'll also be asked about the loss of Ndamukong Suh -- neither Mayhew nor Lewand has answered questions on the topic -- as well as the re-signing of players such as cornerback Rashean Mathis, kicker Matt Prater and quarterbacks Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore.

Someone from Lions ownership -- most likely vice chairman Bill Ford -- is expected to represent the franchise in Phoenix. Coach Jim Caldwell will also be in attendance.

Compensatory picks will be doled out here, but Detroit is not expected to receive any of them.

Here is a rough schedule of this week:


11:30 a.m. -- Meetings officially begin
3:30 p.m. -- Press conference with competition committee

10:15 a.m. -- Breakfast with AFC coaches

10:15 p.m. -- Breakfast with NFC coaches (including Jim Caldwell)
Afternoon -- Press conference with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

* All times Eastern ... ok_at.html

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March 23rd, 2015, 9:51 am
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