PHOENIX—Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy is a member of the NFL competition committee that’ll consider rules-change proposals that could change the face of the game.
“It was really meant to correct the obvious officials mistakes that cost teams games,” Murphy said when asked about a rule-change proposal that would expand the use of instant replay to include any play. “Are we getting away from the roots of instant replay and being subjective in our views?”
The answer to that question might be yes, as most expect the Patriots’ any-play proposal to be, at best, tabled. It might be too radical a change for the league to adopt on the first try.
One rule-change proposal, which would allow teams at least one overtime possession, is expected to be declined.
“I don’t anticipate that rule getting passed,” Murphy said.
Of course, the Packers lost to the Seahawks in the NFC title game when the Seahawks won the coin toss and scored a touchdown on their first possession.
“You’ve got to use technology to make the game better,” Murphy said.
At what point is the use of technology bad for the game?
“The game is good. We want to improve it but let’s focus on improving the officiating,” Murphy said.
Murphy spoke to a group of reporters on Sunday at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, the site of the NFL’s 2015 annual meeting. It’s a conference that brings together league owners, executives and coaches.
“You don’t want to lengthen the game. Some of these proposals could result in longer games that, in the long run, wouldn’t be good for football,” Murphy said.
Commissioner Roger Goodell will present a financial report this week, but it’s a known the league is in sound financial condition. The opulence at the Biltmore is representative of the league’s financial success.
“We’re in very sound financial shape,” Murphy said of the Packers, “but I believe the league is, too.”
Everything about the Packers’ arrow is pointing up, including decisions by Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga to sign with the Packers for less money than each player could’ve commanded in free agency.
“It says they really enjoy playing here. I think it also says they have a chance to compete for a Super Bowl. I think it speaks highly of the organization,” Murphy said.