The Baltimore Ravens and other teams around the NFL are looking for rules that will help benefit that are beneficial for everyone involved. The Ravens have two proposals for the NFL to look at.
Here are all the rules proposals that'll be considered by the Competition Committee next week: https://t.co/eVrzaEGYbY— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2016
The Ravens have sent two proposals to the NFL competition committee discussing the following:
1.) Players should be required to wear jersey vests with numbers that fit each position
This rule proposal by the Ravens means that the organization wants players to wear numbers that are common to their position. For example, all offensive linemen should wear numbers in the 60's or in the 70's instead of the 50's like Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah currently does as he wears number 53.
Looking at the proposal, it makes things easier for opponents from a gameplan standpoint to identify where each player at their respective positions will line up on the field before the football is snapped.
2.) Each team should have three challenges and make more plays reviewable
This is a rule that a lot of people may be in favor of. The NFL puts the game in the hands of referees too often and it is impossible for the refs to get the calls right all the time. That's just the nature of the game. The game speed is too fast at times. Allow teams to have more challenges so that the right call can be made.
The NFL dealt with controversial calls almost every week during the 2015 season to the point where it was the topic of discussion during the week instead of the actual games being played itself.
The Ravens lost a controversial game to the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2015 season where Jaguars offensive lineman Luke Joeckel should have been called for a false start at the end of regulation and the officials during the game missed it and instead called a facemask penalty on Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil who sacked Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. The 15 yard facemask penalty allowed the Jaguars to move into field goal range to beat the Ravens.
If Joeckel's false start could have been reviewed, the game would have been over with zero time left on the clock with the Ravens in the win column.
It will be interesting to see if the Ravens can get both proposals as Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome is part of the NFL competition committee.