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Bevy of topics discussed between NFL executives during sports editors meetings
NEW YORK — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other members of the league hierarchy met with members of the Associated Press Sports Editors and some sportswriters on Thursday.
Goodell and his staff addressed a number of topics. Here are some talking points that stood out to me during the 80-minute meeting:
Goodell is open to taking the draft ‘on the road’
The NFL draft has been pushed back two weeks because of a scheduling conflict with Radio City Music Hall in New York, but Goodell said that even though it’s moved things back a “little bit” football-wise that “from our standpoint, it’s another two weeks that we’re talking about the draft.”
“We’re looking at how we can continue to make the draft bigger and better, more successful, more popular” Goodell said. “That includes maybe staying at Radio City or maybe even taking the draft on the road. We’re looking at other changes that we think could be pretty exciting.”
It isn’t too late for expanded playoffs in 2014
Goodell said the league isn’t too far down the road to completely rule out implementing a playoff expansion for this coming season, simply saying, “No.” But he also said, “It’s fair to say that it is getting late.”
It’s possible owners vote on playoff expansion during their May 20 meeting (it also needs player approval). But if there’s no vote, Goodell said it won’t happen.
NFL will experiment with 33-yard extra points instead of 38-yard attempts
Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, said the league will experiment with extra points from the 15-yard line during the first two weeks of the preseason instead of the 20-yard line as previously determined at the NFL owners meetings in March. More discussions occurred after the meetings, Blandino said.
“It will make it a 33-yard kick and once you [look] over the last several years at a 33-yard kick, your accuracy drops to about 92-93 percent,” Blandino said. “So it’s pretty good in terms of accuracy, but not quite automatic. It’s just part of the evaluation of the play.”
14 players targeted by NFL for play on the field
Former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent, who was recently named the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said about 14 players have been identified by the league for on-the-field issues in an effort to help them avoid being fined or suspended for plays/hits made.
“I want to hear what the coach is teaching them and what the player is saying to see if we can make adjustments,” Vincent said.
Vincent plans to go over film with the certain players.
“I want for him to articulate what he’s seeing,” Vincent said.