What's on tap for NFL Owners Meetings

The NFL Owners Meeting begin on Sunday in Phoenix, and there will be a lot on the table for the league's 32 teams to discuss, as well as the annual distribution of compensatory picks.

There will be 23 playing rule proposals on the table, 18 of them submitted by the teams and five by the competition committee.

Among the rule proposals are 13 that are related to instant replay.

Steelers President Art Rooney II said on Friday he is not in favor of any of the instant replay proposals.

"I personally am not really in favor of any of them," said Rooney. "In general, I just don't think we need to increase the number of interruptions we have in our game at this point.

"I think the instant replay system is working fine. Sure, it would be nice to have different and more plays reviewed, but you have to do that in the context of how many can you really fit into a game and not wind up with a four-hour game. If there are ways to improve the system, I think we are always willing to look at it. But in terms of increasing the number of plays that get replayed, I don't think that's the direction we want to go at this point."

Included in the proposals is one from the New England Patriots that would permit a coach to challenge any call or play, with the exception of scoring plays and turnovers. Reviewing all fouls, as proposed by the Detroit Lions, and reviewing all personal fouls, presented by the Tennessee Titans, are also on the table.

"To simplify things, your head coach is going to become the eighth official on the field," said St. Louis Rams Coach Jeff Fisher and competition committee co-chair in regards to being able to challenge every play. "It's going to be our responsibility now to determine whether or not these are fouls or not fouls and we don't want to go there. This replay system was never designed to involve fouls."

Not among the proposals is a catch-no catch rule that was a hot topic of conversation after the Cowboys' Dez Bryant had a reception overturned in the playoffs.

"We looked at a lot of film, a lot of tape," said Falcons President Rich McKay, co-chair of the competition committee. "We looked at it with the coach's sub-committee, we have a position for the membership that we will give to them on Monday and look at the language itself, but that is what we have on catch-no catch.

"I know no club submitted a rules proposal on that, nor was it a big topic in the surveys that were returned from the clubs, but I will say we as the committee spent an awful lot of time on it and I think in the language, we feel like we can help bring more clarity to the rule, which was a difficult rule because of the fact you're dealing with boundaries, you're dealing with plays in the end zone, plays on the sideline, you're dealing with plays in the field of play, you're dealing with instances when a receiver goes to the ground. So we're just trying to bring clarity to the language."

Other rule proposals include:

Overtime: The Chicago Bears have proposed to allow both teams to have a possession during overtime. Currently if the team receiving the overtime kickoff scores a touchdown on it's first drive, the game ends. However, if a team scores a field goal, the other team gets the ball. The new rule would give both teams the ball no matter what occurred on the opening drive.

Coach's Challenges: The Washington Redskins proposed increasing the number of coach's challenges from two to three.

Scoring Change: A proposal that has turned a lot of heads is one by the Indianapolis Colts. They proposed that after a touchdown, if a team goes for two and is successful, they will also be given an opportunity for one more bonus point where the ball would be kicked from mid-field.

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