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Bruce Arians enjoyed his first meetings on NFL's competition committee

PHOENIX -- When Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians first agreed to join the NFL's competition committee, he was a bit hesitant. But during his first annual meetings on the committee, he didn't sit in the back and bite his tongue.

"I don't think Mr. [Roger] Goodell put me on there for that reason," Arians said with a laugh. "I don't have any problem giving my opinion, especially when it comes to rules and referees."

Arians and the nine other members of the committee presented 15 playing rule proposals, six bylaw proposals and three resolution proposals -- of which eight playing rule proposals, three bylaw proposals and one resolution proposal were approved or adopted.

"It was fun," Arians said. "I originally agreed to it as, 'I don't know about this.' But to be a part of that rules-making committee was a lot of fun."

Arians' favorite rule change wasn't the one everyone expected it to be.

The Philadelphia Eagles proposed a rule change -- it was approved -- that would make it illegal for defenders to leap over long-snappers on field goals and extra points. Arizona tied with the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7 last season after Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin leaped over Cardinals long-snapper Aaron Brewer twice, once blocking a field goal attempt and once distracting former kicker Chandler Catanzaro enough that he missed the kick.

Arians said changing this rule was the NFLPA's top priority for safety reasons.

"There was going to be a broken neck sooner or later," Arians said. "I didn't have to say a word about that."

Instead, Arians' favorite rule change will help reduce the amount of time spent on replays.

The change will allow the NFL's officiating office in New York to conduct the review instead of an official going under the hood to look at reviews himself. The on-field official will then have access to a hand-held monitor to view the review and replay. The referee will be able to discuss the play with the other officials on his crew to give the New York office any pertinent information that could help it with its review. The maximum a review can take will be 60 seconds, starting from the time the referee gets the monitor.

To Arians, this change will give the replay system more consistency and make it quicker.

"I think it will be sped up and the coaches not having to wait for a timeout to find out what's going on," Arians said. "They have been doing a really good job of communicating to you what but now everything's just going to be sped up so fast. There were times in the past when you would go to commercial break, come back and then we would get the TV feed, then we would have to challenge. All that now should be sped up. We shouldn't have those long breaks for the fans and the players."

Arians thinks replay will be expanded eventually but the process isn't currently ready, he said.

"What we are doing with centralization is a great first step," Arians said. "It's going to grow as the technology gets better. Every year someone puts up a referendum to change it. Last year it was gaining speed. This year it did not catch any momentum. I don't know where it's going to go."