The Philadelphia Eagles are statistically the NFL team with the biggest axe to grind with the current rules, submitting four of the seven playing rules proposals for the upcoming season.
The modification of the blind side block, expansion of to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and restoring the preseason and regular season overtime to 15 minutes aren’t as juicy as Philly’s proposed amendment to Rule 6, Section 1, Article 1.
By Philadelphia: to provide an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team who is trailing in the game an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring (4th and 15 from the kicking team’s 25-yard line).
This is a rule change that has been floated in season’s past, especially in the wake of the rule changes restricting the kicking team from running starts on kickoffs that have made onside kick attempts nearly impossible to recover.
In the 2017 NFL season there were 57 onside kicks and the kicking team recovered 12 of them, or 21 percent. In 2018-2019, under the new rules, there have been 79 onside kicks and the kicking team has recovered 5 of them, or 6 percent. [via Pro Football Talk]
The league rejected a similar proposal last season brought forth by the Denver Broncos, who suggested the scrimmage play would occur from a team’s own 35-yard line, rather than Philly’s 25-yard line proposal.
The prospective change has ignited some strong opinions on the internet.
I’d fuck with that last one.