During a recent NFL meeting, the Eagles’ proposal to replace the onside kick with a quarter-and-20 play was rejected by teams. The proposed rule would have allowed teams to tie their drives down the field instead of starting after scoring a touchdown or field goal. Teams would have had the opportunity to convert a fourth-and-20 play from their own 20-yard line to retain possession.

The difficulty in recovering onside kicks under the NFL’s current rules has sparked discussions about alternative options each offseason. However, proposals like the one floated by the Eagles continue to face resistance from traditionalists within the league. Despite the recent rejection of the proposal, Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, has admitted that there will be more discussions in the future about alternatives to the onside kick.

One of the main concerns for the NFL is the overall future of the kickoff, with potential changes on

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