Five Hot Topics from NFL Owners Meetings

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PHOENIX — The NFL owners meetings officially kicked off here on Sunday night, and it could be an eventful few days. Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk is on hand at this week's meetings. Titans general manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey are also already here at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.
 
Here's a look at five hot topics:
 
The Raiders

A vote from NFL owners is expected as early as Monday on owner Mark Davis' application to move his franchise from Oakland to Las Vegas.

Davis needs at least 24 "yes" votes from the 32 owners. Davis has said he would keep the franchise in Oakland while the new stadium in Las Vegas is under construction.

Nothing is certain at this point, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters on Sunday night that Monday "is going to be an exciting day for Vegas."

Of course every day is exciting in Vegas. Titans chatter

At last year's owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., Strunk talked about her vision for the franchise after hiring Robinson and Mularkey.

Then the team tripled its win total – from three wins in 2015, to nine wins in 2016.

Mularkey will be available to media at the AFC head coaches breakfast on Tuesday morning to discuss the state of the team, quarterback Marcus Mariota's health, and what's ahead. Strunk, named to the Hall of Fame board of trustees earlier this month, will be heavily involved in meetings. I passed her on hotel grounds when she was making her way to the opening reception Sunday night.

Robinson will be working all angles as well. He's made it known he's "open for business" when discussing the team's two first-round draft picks, and he'll be surrounded by officials from the league's other 31 teams this week.

Could something be hatched in the desert?
Centralized replay/speed of play
A proposal by the competition committee could put rulings on instant replay reviews in the hands of members of the NFL's officiating department stationed in New York.
 
Under the proposal, officials from the league would consult with referees from games. The referee would have a tablet brought to him on the field to view the replay. The proposal is designed to improve, and speed up the replay process.
 
The league would have final say over challenges with input from the referees.
 
Player safety

A number of rules will be looked at aimed to improve player safety.
 
Among them:
 
• Banning defensive players from leaping over the long snapper during field goal and extra point attempts.
 
• The expansion of defenseless player protection to include receivers running routes, including the area five yards from the line of scrimmage.
 
• Limit overtime in the preseason and regular season to 10 minutes.
 
The competition committee also wants certain illegal hits subject to immediate ejections or mandatory suspensions.
 
Illegal celebration rules

No one is dancing around this one: Player celebrations will be discussed at this week's meetings.
 
NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent said via Twitter last week the league "was developing an educational training video for players to show clear examples of appropriate and inappropriate celebrations."
 
The competition committee wants to clarify the rules regarding illegal celebrations, and potentially allow referees the discretion to warn players about questionable celebrations instead of immediately penalizing them.
 
"Frankly, we want the officials to keep their flags on their waist and we want the players to celebrate, to be spontaneous," Vincent said on a conference call. "There are some things that, as we administer the game, there are going to have to be some fine lines and clear examples."

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