ORLANDO | The NFL’s annual meeting wrapped up Wednesday when the owners approved proposals to raise goal posts by five feet and involving league headquarters on replay reviews but declined to move kickoffs up to the 40-yard line and extra-point attempts back to the 25-yard line.


Six of the 13 rules changes suggested by the competition committee were passed, four were tabled for later discussion and three were not approved.

Only one of the seven bylaw change proposals was passed — moving the final cut down date up two hours to 4 p.m. Eastern — and three apiece failed and were tabled.

Additionally, the competition committee will be making on-field sportsmanship a priority.

“We’ve got to change our conduct on the field,” St. Louis Rams coach and committee member Jeff Fisher said. “We’re going to enforce the current rule — we’re going to clean the game up on the field between the players — the in-your-face taunting, the language. It’s all under unsportsmanlike conduct.”

Fisher said the committee and vice president of officiating Dean Blandino will put together videos to present to teams this spring and tell players that taunting (there were 34 such penalties last year) will be monitored.

“Dean’s guys [the officials] are definitely going to raise the standard,” Fisher said.

■ The goal posts will now extend 35 feet above the crossbar, and the entire structure is now a prop and can’t be involved in a celebration — like dunking the football over the cross-bar or using the padded part of the post as a punching bag.

■ Blandino and his New York staff will consult on replay reviews, but the final decision falls to the on-field referee. The NFL didn’t completely follow the NHL model of the league office handling the review and the ruling.

“We expect it to speed up the process and be more efficient for us,” Blandino said.

The league voted down a proposal to make every call subject to a coach’s challenge.

■ Instead of the 25-yard line, the competition committee recommended point-after kicks be attempted from the 20-yard line (making it a 37-yard attempt) during the first two weeks of the preseason.

“We all feel like we need to do something. We’re just not quite sure what we’re going to do with it yet,” Fisher said.


Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley will be among those heading to College Station, Texas, on Thursday for quarterback Johnny Manziel’s pro day.

Texas A&M had its pro day earlier this month, but Manziel pushed his showcase back.

“I’m sure we’ll see improvement with Johnny when we show up there because he’s working with [personal coach] George Whitfield, and he’s doing some unique things,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said.

Part of Whitfield’s training includes quarterbacks working in the Pacific Ocean.


The Jaguars aren’t the only NFL team needing help at the receiver position.

Among the seven players Carolina lost this offseason are receivers Steve Smith (Baltimore), Brandon LaFell (New England), Ted Ginn (Arizona) and Domenik Hixon (Chicago).

Smith, a career Panthers player, was released in a salary cap move.

“This has been very hard because of what Steve has meant to me personally,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. “We’ve lost some guys that we had to let go just because that’s the business of football.”

The Panthers also lost cornerback Captain Munnerlyn to Minnesota and safety Mike Mitchell to Pittsburgh and left tackle Jordan Gross retired. And, oh, quarterback Cam Newton recently had ankle surgery and is out until training camp.


■ The Jaguars drafted Luke Joeckel No. 2 overall last year, started him at right tackle and moved him to left tackle in the season’s fifth game (he was then lost to a broken leg). Kansas City drafted Eric Fisher No. 1, and he’s being moved from right tackle to left tackle to replace Branden Albert, who signed with Miami.

■ The Jets missed the playoffs three straight years and moved on from veterans such as Darrelle Revis (traded to Tampa Bay last year), Santonio Holmes, Mark Sanchez and Antonio Cromartie, all of whom were released this month. But coach Rex Ryan is excited about the addition of receiver Eric Decker from Denver and quarterback Michael Vick from Philadelphia.

“I believe we’re going to be one of those teams [to watch],” Ryan said. “We’re on the rise. I don’t think there’s any doubt.”

■ Commissioner Roger Goodell on Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson, who died on Tuesday: “He has really done incredible things for the league and pro football in general. He was the kind of guy who was principled. He was strong. And he understood when to compromise.”