The Washington Times - March 18, 2009, 03:20PM

That was the word from competition committee co-chair Rich McKay of the Falcons on a just-completed conference call previewing next week’s NFL meetings in Dana Point, Cal.

McKay said the average 44 points per game in 2008 were the ninth-most ever and the most since the 1970 merger while the average 654.5 yards were the eighth-highest ever. At the same time, average running time has dropped nearly five minutes to 3:02.12 which McKay termed “a really low number.” Also, kickers hit a record 84.5 percent of their field goal attempts in 2008.

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The competition committee’s major proposals at the meeting will govern player safety such as wedge formations on kickoffs and hits to the heads of receivers in the air.

- David Elfin

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