The NFL owners are meeting this week in Key Biscayne, Florida for the league’s spring meeting, and there are a few things that will be discussed and voted on that could impact the game, as summarized by Albert Breer of the Monday Morning Quarterback.
- Pass Interference Review Concerns: Coaches are reportedly concerned that at the end of a game, the pass interference calls will be so scrutinized by officials in replay review, that it will turn into the NBA where they review every play and stop the flow of the game. Even if there isn’t “interference,” the replay official might need to hold up the action to verify that pass interference didn’t occur, before confirming that the teams can continue play. Therefore, a vote is going to take place that would say, “inside of two minutes, pass interference will only be reviewed if a coach requests it with a challenge.” How that works with number of challenges (which aren’t otherwise used inside or two minutes) remains to be seen.
- Overtime Possession: The Chiefs had an overtime proposal in May that would ensure each team always possesses the ball at least once in overtime. That was tabled to the Spring meeting, but Breer feels that it doesn’t have enough momentum to pass yet.
- NFL Draft Location: The site of the 2021 and 2023 NFL Drafts could be awarded. Oddly enough, there are no ready bids for 2022 yet. I don’t know if the Cleveland/Canton area submitted a bid for any of the years after missing out on 2019 and 2020.
We’ll have a full recap of all the outcomes of the spring meetings after the conclusion of them on Wednesday.