REPORT: Philadelphia Eagles ‘Tabled’ Proposal To Institute New Onside Kick Rule

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NFL owners already made a major change to the league’s schedule by voting to add a 17th game to the regular season starting in 2021.

The Philadelphia Eagles wanted to make some noise when they proposed a rule change to the onside kick that would have teams line-up on their own 25-yard line and need to convert a 4th and 15 in order to keep possession of the football following a score of their own.

Here’s the official wording of the rule change:

“By Philadelphia; to amend Rule 6, Section 1, Article 1, to permit a team to maintain possession of the ball after a score by substituting one offensive play (4th and 15 from the kicking team’s 25-yard line) for an onside kickoff attempt.”

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed the Eagles have tabled that rule change, although they still support it, but will give the “competition committee proposal aiding onside kicking teams” a trial year.

During the 2019 season only eight of 63 attempts were recovered by the kicking team.

Teams attempted 67 onside kicks in 2020. They recovered three, according to thefootballdatabase.com.