May 9, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Joel Glazer speaks to the media about the retirement of cornerback Ronde Barber (not pictured) at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rule Changes for the 2014 NFL Season: Higher Goalposts, More Replay

The NFL Owners’ Meeting is underway just up I-4 from the Buccaneers’ headquarters in Tampa Bay, as Orlando plays host to all of the big names in the league as they prepare for the 2014 season.

One of the main events of the meeting is the competition committee’s proposals for rule changes going to a vote. This year, there have been a handful of changes made, while some that should have been changed were tabled for future discussion.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reports that the league has voted to add or amend the following rules.

  • Referees can now consult with the officiating headquarters in New York on replay reviews.
  • Replay can now be used to determine the recovery of a loose ball on a play that was blown dead, in response to NaVorro Bowman’s infamous moment in the playoffs last season when a turnover should have been awarded to the 49ers.
  • The goal posts will be five feet higher.
  • The game clock will run after a sack in all situations, not just within two-minutes of a half.

However, the NFL did not approve a proposal that would allow more plays to be reviewed, nor did it approve a proposal to add more cameras for replay. Both of these ideas make perfect sense, so why are they being delayed by the league?

The Redskins had proposed removing the 75-man cutdown date in the middle of the preseason, but that was voted down. And changes to the extra point were also tabled for this year, although there will be “test games” during the preseason with a kick from the 20 after touchdowns.

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