NFL American Football
No, there will not be a 4th-and-15 alternative to the onside kick for teams to try during the 2020 NFL season. But three of the seven playing rules proposals NFL team owners considered this offseason passed Thursday as new rules for 2020, as did one of three bylaws proposals.
The onside kick alternative proposal, submitted by the Eagles, was tabled by NFL team owners because more discussion of the potential rule change is needed. (Which is probably true.)
There was no official vote on the 4th-and-15 proposal, but they did take a (virtual) show of hands and it did not have the support to pass at this time. A bold idea that would've needed 24 of 32 votes. Expect it to come up again. https://t.co/XRuJBIlEG9
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 28, 2020
Per source, the two biggest areas of discussion regarding the 4th-and-15 play came from: (1) the ability of the "kicking team" to advance the ball well beyond the 15-yard line to gain (and possibly score a TD); and (2) the ease of getting a first down via PI or defensive holding.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 28, 2020
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