Eagles ask league to forbid players from jumping over line to block kicks.
A few NFL changes were proposed in a series of meetings over the past few weeks, one of which was started by the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to an ESPN report, the Eagles sent a proposal to the NFL which would ban players from jumping over the line of scrimmage to block a field goal or extra point. Players can currently do it, if they don’t make contact with an opposing player while jumping. Philadelphia is looking to ban this altogether, citing safety concerns.
Ironically the Eagles were not a victim of a blocked kick last season, which makes it more interesting they were the team to propose the rule change.
For the proposal to pass, 24 of 32 teams (75 percent of the owners) must vote in its favor.
Other proposed changes from these meeting involve the process of hiring of full-time officials in time for next season and shortening preseason and regular season overtime periods to 10 minutes, while keeping postseason overtime at 15 minutes.