NFL Rejects Alternative to Onside Kick: No More New Rules for Now

By Eleanor Harrison Mar25,2024
NFL teams reject proposal for fourth-and-20 onside kick alternative

The NFL has once again rejected a proposed alternative to the onside kick, which would have allowed teams to line up their offense on the field on fourth-and-20 instead of kicking off. The Eagles had presented this new rule at a league meeting, but it was ultimately voted down. Under the proposed rule, if a team scored a touchdown or field goal, they would have had the option to take the ball at their own 20-yard line and face a fourth-and-20. If they converted this fourth-and-20, they would have kept possession of the ball.

Despite recurring discussions about alternatives to the onside kick during offseason rule proposals, this particular proposal has consistently failed to gain traction. Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay acknowledged this resistance to changes in traditional rules but stated that discussions about more options will continue in the future. The NFL’s main concern moving forward is deciding what to do with the kickoff itself, as they consider implementing a low-impact kickoff rule similar to what was used in the XFL.

The league will need to finalize the kickoff rules for the 2024 season before potentially revisiting the onside kick rules. For now, no alternatives have been approved.

By Eleanor Harrison

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