Andy Reid Will Love New Proposed NFL Rule Change

An NFL rule proposal would end optional OTAs and start mandatory minicamp sooner
An NFL rule proposal would end optional OTAs and start mandatory minicamp sooner / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Players Association is reportedly proposing a rule change that would eliminate voluntary on-field work in favor of a longer mandatory training camp period later in the summer.

This is merely a proposal at this stage, though the players' collective willingness to surrender a voluntary workout in favor of a mandatory one is likely a concession the owners will want to capitalize on in the new CBA.

Andy Reid is notorious for his grueling training camps, so this rule change would stand to benefit the Chiefs.

NFL Rule Change Proposal Would Benefit Andy Reid

Players around the league agree that Reid runs the NFL's hardest training camp. That level of preparation and conditioning pays dividends down the road, and it's no secret those hard camps have helped the Chiefs win three of the last five Super Bowls.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that under the proposal, the new rules could take place "as soon as 2025, eliminating voluntary on-field work in the spring in favor of a longer training camp ramp-up, with players reporting in mid-June to early July."

As Nick Bolton said in 2021 about Reid's training camp and simulating fourth-down possessions even in the summer, "You go on the long drives; it simulates the fourth quarter. We got to dig down deep and find a way to get stops."

He continued, "I think it’s beneficial for us. I’m excited as we keep building, they keep getting longer. Again, it’s one of those things that I kind of like about this camp.” That kind of attitude permeates through the locker room, giving the Chiefs an advantage early in the year over their opponents.

If this rule change were implemented, Reid would have even more time to conduct his difficult practices and get his guys ready. While other teams lollygag and build slowly, Reid has championship expectations from day one. Players might not like it at the beginning, though it's obvious Reid knows what he's doing.

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