ORLANDO, FLA (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The N-F-L's off-season owners' meetings began this morning in Orlando Florida.
Packers' general manager Ted Thompson will be a no-show due to a personal matter. But Green Bay is well-represented by president Mark Murphy, coach Mike McCarthy, and other top brass including chief contract negotiator and vice president Russ Ball.
Some major rule changes will be considered -- like making it harder to kick extra points by putting the ball at the opponents' 25-yard line instead of the two.
Also, owners will consider moving the ball up to the 40-yard line for kickoffs, where it used to be located for many years. Safety reasons are cited for the proposal, such as fewer hard-hitting kickoff returns.
Safety is also mentioned for a proposal not to have overtime in exhibition games which are tied after the fourth quarter. Replay could be used on personal foul calls -- and one of the other proposals would no longer stop the clock after a sack. Most rule changes will be voted on Wednesday.