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Possible Rule Changes in NFL

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This article was already mentioned in a den, but due to its importance as well as the author's modesty, I believe it should get its own fan post/shot. As mentioned, the IR/PUP ruling is pretty outdated and with the fast pace and increased financial consequences, there definitely should be some rethinking in this matter. Two other areas should be mentioned as well, and I'm sure the WCG readers all have ideas of their own which they can add here. The first issue (of mine) is the cutdowns to the roster. What in the world is there to gain from having an extra 27 players on the roster for 4 days, or 22 players for 5 days in regular years? I propose 90 player rosters with cutdown to 80 after the first preseason game, 70 after second, 60 after third and 53 after fourth. In regards to camp bodies, no problem, establish a practice squad of 20 after the first cutdown where all teams can raid players to their rosters (not to their practice squads) with a final cut down when rosters get cut down to 53. Next proposal, which i think I once mentioned is in regards to the challenge rule. Presently, the only calls that can be challenged are what I like to sum as placement/possession/personnel. I would like to extend it to penalties as well. Yet, I believe that as football is a competitive sport, the other team should be the recipient of the challenge, not the referees. Each team is allowed three challenges, and after the challenging team states its challenge, the challenged team should either agree to the challenge, or disagree. Upon disagreeing, the refs review the player, and the loser, if it's the challenger, then he forfeits a challenge and a timeout, and if he's the challenged, then just a challenge, unless he's out of challenges, then he forfeits a timeout. What happens if a team is out of challenges and timeouts and gets challenged? Don't know but hoping to hear from you guys.

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