It's prime time for the NFL Competition Committee. Its members have spent weeks watching film, listening to players, coaches and referees and debating the future of the NFL.
Among the changes he said the committee is considering:
- Changing the rules involving chop, roll, downfield cut and peel-back blocks, all of which can be dangerous for defensive players.
- Giving the quarterback more protection in the pocket, especially on read-option plays.
- Making the hands-to-the-face penalty more severe.
- Increased penalties for taunting and fighting.
- Overhauling the extra point. NFL.com reported that the league is considering a 43-yard extra point, but Murphy focused on the proposal to eliminate the extra point in his column.
- Expansion of the playoffs to add a wild card team in each conference. That would put 14 teams in the playoffs each year and give one team in each conference a first-week bye.
- And the use of the NFL's Command Center to make the final call on reviewable plays.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor