Broncos propose rule change for onside kick

The Broncos want the NFL to adapt a rule from the AAF

The Broncos want the NFL to adapt a rule from the AAF

Quarterback Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos throws against the Los Angeles Chargers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

Changes to National Football League kickoff rules prior to the 2018 season rendered onside kicks nearly useless, and the percentage of recovered onside kicks plummeted from 21 percent in 2017 to 7.5 percent last season.

The NFL annually invites teams to propose rule changes, but the competition committee is charged with vetting and either endorsing or allowing them to stand on their own. But Denver's idea was much more out of the box.

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"Broncos propose to amend Rule 6, Section 1, Article 1 to provide an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team who is trailing in the game an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring". If the team gains 12 or more yards on that one play, it keeps possession. The proposed rule would have teams attempting a 4th-and-15 from their own 35-yard line, but there are no proposed restrictions on when the new onside play could be used. If the attempt failed, the defense would take over. It looks like at least one team wants to see higher odds for late comebacks.

While unusual on first glance, we'd be all for this, as it would increase competition in games and open up the possibility of more comeback victories.

Denver also offered two other proposed rule changes.

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