ORLANDO – The NFL’s most powerful men have gathered here at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes for the league’s annual meetings, which got underway this morning and will continue for the next two days.
Owners, front office officials, coaches and members of the NFL’s competition committee will discuss a variety of rule proposals, including expanding the playoff field, allowing the game-day referee to be in contact with the league office during instant-replay reviews, moving the ball further back on extra-point attempts, moving the ball forward on kickoffs, and a couple of other items.
In case you missed it last week, the Redskins have proposed moving the kickoffs to the 40-yard line, eliminating overtime in the preseason, having one roster cut during training camp, which would hack the roster from 90 to 53 rather than the current two cuts (90 to 75 and 75 to 53), increasing practice squads from eight players to 10, increasing game-day rosters from 46 to 49 on Monday night games, and the ability to have more than one “designated to return” injured reserve player.
All of those proposals will come under debate this week, and some will be voted on.
Tuesday morning’s docket includes the AFC coaches’ media breakfast. It’ll be interesting to see if some of Jay Gruden’s former competitors have some nuggets about his system and philosophies. Then, the highlight of the week – for Redskins fans – will take place on Wednesday, when Gruden and his fellow NFC coaches meet with the media.
Gruden will discuss everything from his team’s moves in free agency, to designing the playbook, to draft needs.
As things currently stand, Gruden is the only Redskins official currently scheduled to meet with reporters. Daniel Snyder, general manager Bruce Allen and front office assistants Eric Schaffer, Scott Campbell and Morocco Brown also are in attendance.
Requests for Snyder haven’t been completely squashed just yet, so there’s still a slim chance that he talks for the first time since Mike Shanahan’s firing and Gruden’s hiring. We’ll see.
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