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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Carroll talks about possible rule changes

By Terry Blount

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is in favor of a couple of the proposed rule changes for 2014, but not in favor moving the kickoffs to the 40-yard line.

“If they move it to the 40, they won’t have any [returns],’’ Carroll said Monday on Sirius Radio at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando. “I don’t think that’s what the league wants. And we want to have a chance to return some with Percy [Harvin] back there.”

Harvin returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown in the 43-8 Super-Bowl victory over Denver. He also had a 58-yard return against Minnesota in last November.

Carroll is in favor of allowing teams to suit out 49 players for each game instead of 46, but he wants to take it a step further.

“Why don’t we have all 53 guys [suited out]? Carroll asked. “They’re all getting paid. I can’t imagine why we wouldn’t. Why not let them all play?”

Carroll also is in favor of adding to the list of plays a coach can challenge in a game. New England coach Bill Belichick wants to be able to challenge everything except scoring plays, which already are reviewed.

“We could revisit some of those,’’ Carroll said. “You won’t have any more challenges, so it won’t change the rhythm of the game.”