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Personal Foul Penalties Could Be Reviewable in 2015, Redskins Proposed Rule Change Last Year

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The Washington Redskins proposed adding personal fouls to the plays available to be challenged by coaches last year.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Redskins proposal to make personal fouls reviewable failed to pass by 4 votes in March.  NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the votes should be there next March when the NFL Competition Committee meets to discuss potential rules changes.  Rapoport says the rule change would take effect in the 2015 NFL season, but that it could be limited to personal foul's on wide receivers at first.  It could eventually be expanded to all personal fouls(quarterbacks).

Rich Eisen was in studio with Rapoport and brought up an idea that has been floated around a lot, most recently by the Patriots this year when the proposed that teams should be able to challenge any official decision except scoring plays.  This rules did not pass last year. Make every penalty reviewable since they can have such drastic effects on a game.  Eisen counters the people that claim it will extend games too much by keeping the coaches challenge rules in place, allowing teams to use their 2(or 3 if you win the first 2) challenges to review penalties.

The Redskins made several other proposals at this year's meeting, but only one of them was passed after the initial meeting:

  • Move the kickoff to the 40-yard line.
  • Replay review for personal fouls and no overtime in preseason.
  • Increase the roster from 46 to 49 for regular season games played on days other than Sunday and Monday, except during Week One.
  • Eliminate the 75-person cut and just go from 90 to 53.
  • Expand injured reserve designations for players returning to more than one player.
  • Allow players to be traded before the start of the league year.
  • Increase the size of the practice squad from eight to ten(Passed)