NFL Rejects Proposed Alternative to Traditional Onside Kick, Leaving Future Changes in Limbo

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

The NFL has once again voted down a proposal for an alternative to the onside kick. The Eagles had presented a new rule that would have allowed teams to line up their offense on the field on fourth-and-20 instead of kicking off, but it was rejected at a league meeting. Under the 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, they would keep possession of the ball.

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

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. Before potentially revisiting the onside kick rules, the league must first determine the kickoff rules for the 2024 season. For now, no alternatives to

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