In advance of next week's NFL meetings in New Orleans, the league's competition committee has come up with a few rule change propoasals. Player safety continues to be front and center. The league says flagrant hits that drew fines, some substantial last year, will now be considered suspendible offenses, especially for repeat offenders. A clearer definition of "defenseless players" will also be considered. Quarterbacks in the throwing motion, receivers stretched out for balls or other players in the open field deemed defenseless will be protected with personal foul penalties called if they are violently hit. Replays on scoring plays will be taken up by the press box replay booth and no longer be subjected to challenges from coaches. Most of the proposed changes involve the kickoff. The league is thinking about moving the spot of the kickoff up five yards to the 35 yard line. Touchbacks would be placed on the 25, instead of the 20. Wedges of any kind would be outlawed. Last season, the league allowed only a 2 man wedge. Cover units would be allowed only a five yard run up before the kickoff in a move to reduce the full speed collissions on the special teams. All of the changes under consideration would require 24 of the 32 teams to agree. Head coaches will be attending the meetings next week to get briefed on the changes. The league also announced the 2011 schedule will still be compiled and released next month even as the collective bargaining agreement dispute moves into federal court with the NFL lockout now 6 days old.