NFL's Worst Rule on Verge of Being Altered
By: The Football Girl | Posted: November 25, 2012
Remember way back to Thanksgiving Day and the Justin Forsett ‘touchdown” that could not be automatically reviewed (and would have been rightfully overturned) because Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz threw the red challenge flag?
The boneheaded move by Schwartz ultimately can be blamed for what amounted to a 34-31 Lions loss to the Texans in overtime. It was a terrible error by a head coach not well-enough versed in the NFL rulebook, but the rule itself is even more terrible.
It seems the NFL agrees. According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, the Competition Committee could alter the rule as early as this week. It is still not clear what the new penalty would be for the next Jim Schwartz who throws the flag in an automatic review scoring situation. Perhaps a lost timeout or 15 yards on the ensuing down. I personally vote for the coach being forced to take an immediate timeout and writing “My Name is Coach so-and-so and I Don’t Understand the Rules” on a giant blackboard.
Now what are we going to do about these dusty officials getting so many obvious calls wrong?