While the focus of the offseason usually revolves around free agency signings, the NFL could undergo potential changes to its review system. After witnessing one of the worst non-call in league history occur in the NFC Championship, the outside noise surrounding replays of missed penalties is growing.
The competition committee has discussed the future of replay review this week, but the league hasn't reached any agreement. Instead, the talks are bringing back memories of former ideas that were rejected in the past.
At this point, league executives are skeptical that changes will happen this offseason to instant replay. It's hard to expand the amount of plays that are eligible for review because it does increase create gray areas.
Even if there aren't any changes in the near future, the NFL has received criticism over the past two months.
When talking about replay reviews, committee chairman Rich McKay did admit that he expects teams to propose new rules.
"Given the significance of the play, and the focus on that error late in the game, you need to have a top-down discussion again," McKay said. "I think that's the right thing to do. When you have it, you may come up with some ideas to modify replay, add to, subtract from, whatever it may be. I think that's a healthy discussion.
The emphasis on changing replay reviews continues to grow due to the controversial finish between the Saints and Rams. Despite the demand for regulation changes, it doesn't sound like anything drastic will occur before next season.
The league has reportedly been discussing a couple of potential changes to its rulebook at the NFL Scouting Combine this week.