The Philadelphia Eagles proposed an NFL rule change by taking a page out of the USFL and XFL playbooks.
The NFL released all of the proposed rule changes submitted by teams on Monday. The Eagles introduced a rule to change an onside kick attempt after a touchdown to a 4 and 20 play.
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Philadelphia’s suggested rule is as follows: First, the scoring team must alert the referee of their intention to give up an onside kick or kickoff to try to retain possession. The ball will be located on the team’s own 20-yard line and must advance at least 20 yards to retain the ball.
If the offense reaches enough yardage, the result of the play is a first down. If they miss the marker, they hand the ball over to the defending team. If the infraction is called on the play, they cannot reverse their decision on the attempt.
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The Eagles added two potential caveats: the team may choose to retain possession in this manner no more than twice during the game and must be behind their opponent in order to use the play.
Philadelphia said the rule would promote «competitive equality and fan participation.»
The USFL instituted the scrimmage rule after a touchdown at the start of its 2021 season. However, the team runs a 4-and-12 play from its own 33-yard line.
The XFL instituted the rule for its third iteration of the league this season. A scoring team may retain possession after completing a fourth and 15 from its own 25-yard line.
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Spring leagues have said the rules promote scoring and offense.