NFL Notebook: Outdoor Super Bowl on slate
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Ready for an outdoor Super Bowl in cold, possibly snowy weather? Thinking that new overtime rule adopted for playoff games should be used in the regular season, too?
NFL owners will discuss those things and more today in Dallas.
The 2014 Super Bowl site definitely will be picked. It's widely expected to go to the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey that will become home to the Jets and Giants this season, although Miami and Tampa, Fla., also are bidding.
The new stadium would seem like a natural site for the NFL's marquee event, especially with league headquarters in Manhattan. But there's a fundamental problem: the Meadowlands doesn't have a roof and temperatures are usually in the 20s during early February in East Rutherford, N.J. There's even a league rule aimed at ensuring good weather, either by playing in a warm climate or by having a roof, but that rule was waived for this bid.
When owners previously met in March, they voted to change the sudden-death rule so that if a team losing the coin toss immediately gives up a field goal, they still get a chance to score and either tie it or win -- but only in the playoffs. There's a sentiment that the rule also should be used in the regular season.
There is speculation that Denver is considering trading starter Kyle Orton to make room for Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow or maybe even Tom Brandstater. But coach Josh McDaniels said none of the quarterbacks have been the subject of trade talks.
Receiver Andre Johnson is no longer relying solely on his uncle for contract advice. Johnson said he hired Kennard McGuire as his agent. Johnson wants a new contract. He has five years left on an 8-year deal worth $60 million.
A congressional committee criticized the NFL's research into equipment, particularly helmets, questioning if player safety is indeed being given top priority in an "infected system that needs to be cleaned up."
First Published May 25, 2010 12:00 am