AFC West notes from the NFL owners' meetings
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
DANA POINT, Calif. -- Here are AFC West points of interest from the final day of the NFL owners' meeting:
The NFL will adopt a new bylaw in 2010 that affects the draft order of playoff teams. Playoff teams will be seeded according to when they are knocked out in the postseason. Currently, the only two playoffs teams that are affected by their post-season finish are the two Super Bowl participants with the loser picking 31st and the winner having the last pick in the first round, 32nd.
The Chargers will be the final team to enjoy the fading rule. They have the No. 16 pick in the draft because they finished 8-8. However, San Diego, which won the AFC West, drafts 11 spots higher than Indianapolis. The Colts were a wild-card team that finished 12-4. San Diego beat the Colts in the playoffs. But the Colts draft 11 spots lower than the Chargers because of their record.
If the incoming bylaw was in affect now San Diego would draft 25th, which is a huge slide down from No. 16.
In another change affecting the Chargers, the "Ed Hochuli rule" has been addressed. Last season, in Week 2, in a game between the Chargers and the Broncos in Denver, Hochuli called a ball that fell out of the hands of Broncos' quarterback Jay Cutler an incomplete pass and not a fumble on a play that would have given the Chargers the win. However, after the call, Denver scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to beat San Diego, 39-38.
After the game, Cutler said it was a fumble and the league and Hochuli later admitted the mistake. The play was not reviewable but it now is eligible to be reviewed.
Also, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he does not believe it is a problem for West Coast teams to play early games on the East Coast. However, the league did give East Coast teams a break when heading to the West Coast. Several people from West Coast teams would like the league to schedule them for later games on the East Coast but officials don't think it is necessary.
Meanwhile, Oakland owner Al Davis made a comment Wednesday about it being difficult for the road team to play on Thanksgiving Day and he said he mentioned it this week while at the meeting. It is pertinent to Oakland because the Raiders must travel to Dallas to play on Thanksgiving Day.
Here's another random Davis note: He is a NCAA women's basketball nut. He talked extensively about the current tournament. He broke down several teams.