The owners of NFL vote on a new wild law, which would allow for an alternate fourth and five on the side
The NFL could come to a dramatic change of rules for side kicks in 2020 if the proprietors of the league want to do so. The Eagles suggested a rule that would give teams an alternative option. The teams will attempt to convert fourth-and-fifth plays from their own 25-yard line instead of recovering an onside kick. When the 15 yards are reached, they get a first down and keep the ball. If the 15 yards aren’t met, the other team takes over when the game begins.
In order to rule, the next meeting, which takes place almost on 28 May, will require the vote of 24 of NFL’s 32 owners.
While SportsNewsPros proprietors usually do not approve of dramatic changes to the rules – the Colts nine-point touchdown proposal was slacked down by 2015 – the Philadelphia proposal could actually be adopted because it appears to have some backing from the Competition Committee. The Broncos proposed a similar rule last year and, personally, 7-1 was voted for the plan at the time.
Despite the endorsement of the committee, the majority of the owners voted against and failed to pass the proposed rule.
One of the big reasons that the competition committee enjoyed was due to the drop in success rates for onboard kicks in the New Kickoff Regulations introduced by the NFL in 2018. In the current rules, teams can not get a running start, and an onside kick can be recovered almost impossible. The restart recovery rate in 2018 was just 7.5% (4 out of 53), reflecting a drastic decrease over the rebooting rate of 21.7% in 2017 (13 out of 60), although the reboot was still authorized. In 2019, the onboard rate rose to 12.5% (7 out of 56), but that was mainly attributed to Falcon’s kicker Yunghoe Koo, who made two game players one.
In addition to the fourth-and-fifth game, teams would also have better chances of changing an alternative onsite kick than the traditional onsite kick based on the number of players in recent years.
Although the proposal from Broncos was reversed last year, the proposal from Eagles could be accepted, because Philly made some slight changes. The fourth-and-15 match would take place from the 25-yard line of a team under Philly ‘s plan and it would be more dangerous than the Broncos scheme which needed the 35-yard line.
Also, under the Broncos scheme, only once per game could a team make use of the onsite alternative kick and only the quarter could take place. The Eagles scheme allows teams to do this up to twice for every quarter in each game.
When you ask exactly how the action is to be officiated, the usual rules will apply. If a defensive defense is called for, it will result in an automatic first down penalty for the offense. For fact, if the offense were penalized, once the punishment were imposed they will not be able to take off. You will play a fourth down from the current practice line and a vicious holding penalty can lead to a fourth-and-25 from the 15-yard line and the defensive team can take the down from where it started if the offensive team will not convert.
If anything sounds familiar, it is likely that for the opening season, last year, the Alliance of America Football instituted a similar rule. Within the AAF, the teams had the option of attempting to convert a 4th-12 play after scoring from their own 28. The AAF’s catch was that only if they had 17 or more points to trail, or if they had less than 5 minutes in the game, could a team practice this option.
Earlier this year, the first onsite conversion attempt was a crazy success in the AAF and the NFL took note.
In NFL, after any score, including a touchdown or a field goal, a play can be played. After giving away safety, a team could also try the fourth and fifth. Also at every point of the game regular onside kicks could still be tried.