ARIZONA CARDINALS

Report: Cardinals, others propose limit on early NFL start times

Mar 20, 2018, 1:27 PM | Updated: Mar 22, 2018, 3:47 pm
(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)...
(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)
(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

The Arizona Cardinals are one team proposing a rule change that would limit how many times West Coast NFL teams can be scheduled for an early kickoff.

Arizona, the Los Angeles Chargers and San Francisco 49ers jointly wrote a scheduling bylaw that would be voted on for approval next week at the NFL league meetings in Orlando.

According to MMQB reporter Albert Breer, the proposed change suggests that “no team will be scheduled to play more than three away games with a scheduled kickoff time prior to 1:00 p.m. in the time zone of their home stadium (w/o consent).”

The Cardinals played four games that began at 10 a.m. last season and two more that began at 11 a.m. — the 11 a.m. games happened due to the daylight savings change. If the ruled proposal passes, scheduling a team that’s not in the Eastern Time zone for six early games would not be allowed.

Of course, the schedule rule change passing would complicate things considering the NFL has two general playing time slots for Sunday games. Additionally, any games scheduled in Europe would need to be in the early time slot on the West Coast due to the time difference.

In addition to that proposed rule change, the NFL meetings from Sunday through Wednesday will also include votes on the following:

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) participates during the team's NFL football practice, Wednesday...
Nikash Nath

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray among top 5 QBs in multiple PFF passing metrics

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray's accuracy was on point in 2021, especially when looking at deep throws.
3 days ago
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons #9 during the NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals an...
Nikash Nath

PFF’s Renner: Cardinals’ Isaiah Simmons a breakout candidate in Year 3

Cardinals' inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons was named a potential year three breakout candidate by PFF's Michael Renner.
2 days ago
Rodney Hudson #61 of the Arizona Cardinals in the huddle during the game against the Tennessee Tita...
Wills Rice

Former Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley thinks offense needs to find identity

"For (Kyler) the next step is just grabbing everyone around him, whether he just needs one play and everyone will look to him," Shipley said.
3 days ago
General Manager Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals looks on prior to the game against the Baltimor...
Tyler Drake

Important NFL dates to remember and how they impact Arizona Cardinals

A look at the important league dates to circle on your calendar and how they relate to the Arizona Cardinals' roster decisions.
3 days ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury takes notes as he watches players taking part in drill...
Tyler Drake

Looming questions for the Arizona Cardinals ahead of training camp

There are quite a few questions marks surrounding the Arizona Cardinals ahead of training camp this offseason.
3 days ago
(Twitter photo/New England Patriots)...
Wills Rice

New England Patriots bring back red uniforms in Back to the Future spoof

The New England Patriots announced the team is bringing back their old-school red uniform and helmet combo for the 2022 season.
4 days ago
Report: Cardinals, others propose limit on early NFL start times