Stray Arrows: Defenses To Get Radio

The NFL Owners were shy only two votes last year to allow one player on defensive to have a wireless communication device in their helmet. Many believe that this will get passed to counter attack “Spygate” and the offense having an advantage. I think that defenses should be allowed to have one and it makes complete since to me. I think that this will get passed at this year’s owners meetings.

“It’s safe to say you will see some sort of proposal, yes,” said Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay, the co-chairman of the competition committee.

The proposal fell two votes shy of being ratified by the owners last March, and McKay said he’s optimistic that it will be approved this time.

“I hope so,” McKay said by telephone from Atlanta. “I would hope we would get it without just that [the spying scandal] being the impetus. We tried in the past to get it passed, and we got close. We were two or three votes away the last couple years. I hope now it gets passed.”

Some of the teams were concerned last season that it would be hard for referees to manage what player has a microphone in their helmet.

Under the proposal, one defensive player would have a radio receiver in his helmet to hear a coach’s play calls. One objection raised by some teams to the proposal in the past is that the rule might be difficult for game officials to administer.

Topics: Defense, NFL Owners

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