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Report: No change to challenge rule for the playoffs

Greg Gautreaux, Jim Schwartz AP

In late November, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that there was a chance that the league would change the rule penalizing teams and barring replay reviews if a coach throws a challenge flag on a play already set for replay review.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, any such change will have to wait until the offseason. Rapoport reports that the NFL plans to discuss the rule at Wednesday’s league meeting, but that there’s no expectation that a rule change would be implemented for this year’s postseason.

The rule wasn’t discussed all that much until Falcons coach Mike Smith and Lions coach Jim Schwartz both cost their teams 15 yards and eliminated the possibility of a review by throwing the flags earlier this year. Schwartz really drew attention to the rule by throwing it after officials obviously missed that Texans running back Justin Forsett was down before running for an 81-yard touchdown on Thanksgiving.

Whether or not you keep the 15-yard penalty for throwing the flag unnecessarily, the rule should be changed to allow reviews of the calls. The whole point of the replay system is to make sure that calls are correct and, as the Thanksgiving episode made clear, this rule gets in the way of that.

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16 Responses to “Report: No change to challenge rule for the playoffs”
  1. theralph2012 says: Dec 12, 2012 11:04 AM

    Way to take a stand NFL, wouldn’t want to actually get the call on the field correct!!!

  2. nesuperfan says: Dec 12, 2012 11:09 AM

    I am not too worried about good coaches, the ones, who actually make it to the playoffs, having problems with the rule. It is just the undisciplined ones, who will be watching on T.V., who have problems with the rule.
    I still think the rule is stupid, and should be changed, but it won’t be a problem during the playoffs.

  3. tmcb7 says: Dec 12, 2012 11:10 AM

    It’s the dumbest rule in ALL of sports.

    The reason the 2 coaches threw the red flag is because the call/no calls were so outrageously bad, they lost their mind!
    Like stated in the article, the object of replay is to get the play call correct. Not to treat grown men like 5 year old kindergarten kids… because it’s so difficult to pick up the flag and hand it back to the coach and say it’s going to be reviewed.

  4. mogogo1 says: Dec 12, 2012 11:11 AM

    My suspicion is they’ll tell the refs not to flag it should it come up in the playoffs, but I can’t see why they wouldn’t just fix the rule.

    They’re aware of a terrible flaw and it would cost zero money and almost zero effort to fix it, but they can’t be bothered?

  5. fuglyflorio says: Dec 12, 2012 11:11 AM

    The NFL has never been shy about making themselves look like clowns.

  6. tmcb7 says: Dec 12, 2012 11:14 AM

    The NFL needs to stop making stupid freaking rules like this. And start replacing and demanding better referees!
    The same refs make horrible calls game after game, but when there are no repercussions, why should they care?

  7. aeichen says: Dec 12, 2012 11:33 AM

    Unless I’m missing something, I’m waiting for a coach to take advantage of this rule.

    For example, what if Kubiak would have thrown the challenge flag on that Thanksgiving day. From everything I read, as soon as either coach throws the red flag on an automatic review play, two things happen. (1) the ruling on the field stands, (2) and a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty is enforced.

    A fast thinking coach would happily take a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in exchange for not having a TD overturned. Wouldn’t it benefit Kubiak to toss the red flag?

    Am I missing something?

  8. musicman495 says: Dec 12, 2012 11:37 AM

    No rule will be changed until John Mara and the New Jersey Giants lose a game because of it.

  9. godofwine330 says: Dec 12, 2012 11:40 AM

    @ aeichen

    In theory, but no. The rule states that replay cannot benefit the team that threw the flag, so if Kubiak would have thrown the flag only Detroit could benefit, which they surely would have being that Forsett was down.

  10. jcusa514 says: Dec 12, 2012 11:41 AM

    just wait until it affects the patriots in a negative way. they’ll change it in the offseason

  11. bkostela says: Dec 12, 2012 11:45 AM

    aeichen says:
    Dec 12, 2012 11:33 AM
    Unless I’m missing something, I’m waiting for a coach to take advantage of this rule.

    For example, what if Kubiak would have thrown the challenge flag on that Thanksgiving day. From everything I read, as soon as either coach throws the red flag on an automatic review play, two things happen. (1) the ruling on the field stands, (2) and a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty is enforced.

    A fast thinking coach would happily take a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in exchange for not having a TD overturned. Wouldn’t it benefit Kubiak to toss the red flag?

    Am I missing something?
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    the best part is they won’t even lose a challenge in doing so. every “close” touchdown that they score they can just throw the red flag and be guaranteed a touchdown and kickoff from the 20.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 12, 2012 12:00 PM

    So you mean the coaches will still be expected to actually know the rules of the game so they won’t screw up on the job ?

  13. rgiv says: Dec 12, 2012 12:06 PM

    The replay is not reviewed ONLY when it is challenged by the team that would benefit from the review. So if Kubiak had challenged it, he would have been assessed a 15 yard penalty on kickoff, but the play would still be reviewed. Kind of quirky. This has been talked about in great detail, but people still don’t seem to understand it. If you throw your challenge flag in hopes the play will not be reviewed because the play was in your favor, it will still be reviewed. So no, you can’t just challenge everytime you score a TD.

  14. shaggytoodle says: Dec 12, 2012 12:12 PM

    The rule doesn’t need to change, the coaches just need to use their head.

    Schwartz with a knee jerk reaction to throw a flag he knows better than that.

    Just like Suh knows you can’t take more than one step, but he couldn’t resist it and decided to just take a cheap shot after 3 or 4.

    Also like the group celebration, on Sunday night. They know they shouldn’t but they can’t resist, its just a boneheaded choice to make.

    It starts at the top.

  15. ccjcsr says: Dec 12, 2012 12:53 PM

    That is a middle finger to the fans of the NFL

  16. shaggytoodle says: Dec 12, 2012 2:30 PM

    ccjcsr says: Dec 12, 2012 12:53 PM

    That is a middle finger to the fans of the NFL
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    Then what does that make the GB @ Sea game?

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