The NFL Spring League Meeting took place this past week in San Francisco, CA from May 18th to May 20th. Here is a summary of what we learned at the meetings:
Super Bowl Hosts for 2019-2020: At last year's league meetings, it was announced that Minnesota will host the Super Bowl in 2018. This year, the league simply narrowed the field down to four teams who could host in 2019 or 2020: Miami, Tampa, New Orleans and Atlanta. At next year's league meetings, the hosts will be selected. If Los Angeles has a team by next season and a team that moves into a new stadium by 2018, then LA would enter the mix as the favorite to host the 2020 Super Bowl.
Extra Point Rule Changes: As DBN's Joe Ginley covered earlier this week, rule changes will be in effect for the 2015 when it comes to extra points and two-point conversions. This is going to change the game tremendously and should invoke some strategic changes. If it is early in a game, how many teams will now go for two points? How many extra hours will offensive coordinators put in to those types of plays? One point safeties could also happen. Also, if you go for two points but have an offensive penalty, you can then change your mind and go for the extra point, with the penalty tacked on:
If team lines up for 2 points and is penalized, can move back to kick for 1 point. Back to 20 after 5-yard penalty, back to 25 for holding.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) May 19, 2015
The Redskins and Raiders were the only two teams who voted against the rule, which needed the support of 24 teams to pass. Another thing to consider is what special teams coordinator Chris Tabor said following the confirmation of the rule change -- teams will be trying a lot harder now to block extra points at every point in the game:
"The whole mentality of your field goal block team, and wanting to go after the kick, that will be increased dramatically" Tabor said. "On extra points, you just kind of conceded the point. Now, guys will be screaming off the edge, so-to-speak."
No Change in Roster Cutdowns: The Redskins had a proposal on the table to only have one cutdown date at the end of training camp: one that would reduce the roster size from 90 players straight to 53 players. It didn't receive enough support, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
More International Sites Under Consideration: The NFL is looking in to hosting a Pro Bowl in Rio, and hosting regular season games in Germany and Mexico in the future.
Deflategate: Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about the Patriots' penalty and upcoming appeal by Tom Brady, but I'm sure most of you are already sick of hearing about it. If you want to read Goodell's press conference from the final day of the meetings, click here.