Don't expect the NFL to adopt a rule prohibiting the use of timeouts immediately prior to field-goal attempts. It's not going to happen.
Members of the league's competition committee at Indianapolis said Thursday that they didn't see a need to pass a law basically because there's little or no support for it. Nor should there be. Hey, if you can call a last-second timeout before Peyton Manning gets a snap, who not do it before Adam Vinatieri tries a field goal?
So he may have to kick twice. Big deal. Kick it again. Where's the problem?
" We can't legislate when you call timeouts and when you won't," said the Titans' Jeff Fisher. "I don't think it's going to be an on-going issue. Where early you saw a trend (toward calling timeouts) I don't think you will see a lot more of it."
There is, however, a move toward re-introducing radio helmets to the defense. The proposal has been broached before but voted down. But it might have a chance now, particularly in light of charges against New England involving the videotaping of signals from the sidelines.
Quarterbacks have radio helmets, but defenses do not. That could change if the competition committee endorses an idea to provide a helmet for one defensive player and brings it to a vote at the league's owners' meetings in March. The question is what happens if that player is hurt, but it seems to work with the four quarterbacks on offense. Why not simply have helmets on the sideline available to one guy on defense?