Philadelphia Eagles onside kick proposal has ‘some momentum’ ahead of vote

Ross Houston
May 22, 2020

Clock management may be a factor in teams deciding whether or not to use the proposed fourth-and-15 alternative to the onside kick.

Perhaps the most radical proposal comes from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Among them is an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a trailing team to keep possession by going for it on what is essentially a 4th-and-15 play from its own 25-yard-line.

There have been some amendments to the rule since it was first submitted by the Eagles.


When the Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman was not flagged for interference on the Saints' Tommylee Lewis in the NFC Championship game in 2019, it led the National Football League to add instant replay challenges for pass interference on a one-year trial basis. It appears that teams would still have the option to do the onside kick as well if they so desired.

The new kickoff rules have basically taken away the onside kick from the game.

The idea of giving Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' offense to convert on a fourth-and-15 is an exciting one.

For teams with lesser talent at the QB position, this rule could certainly put them at a disadvantage.


The owners will vote on the proposals during the league's virtual meetings in the coming days. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

Increased "defenseless player protection" for a kick or punt returner who is "in possession of the ball but who has not had time to avoid or ward off the impending contact of an opponent".

- By Philadelphia; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful Try attempt.

Closing a loophole that last season allowed the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans, among others, to drain the clock by committing multiple dead ball fouls while the clock was running.


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