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NFL passes Jim Schwartz rule

Greg Gautreaux, Jim Schwartz AP

NFL coaches who wrongly throw a challenge flag for a replay review that was going to be conducted automatically will no longer cost their team the opportunity to have the play reviewed.

The NFL’s owners today voted to change the instant replay rules so that if a play is going to be reviewed automatically (such as a scoring play, a turnover or a play in the last two minutes of a half or in overtime), the referee will proceed in reviewing the play regardless of whether or not a coach throws a red flag.

The rule has commonly been referred to as the “Jim Schwartz rule” after the Lions coach who found out the hard way on Thanksgiving that throwing the challenge flag negated the referee’s automatic review. The rule cost the Lions dearly in their loss to the Texans, as Houston was awarded an 81-yard touchdown run even though running back Justin Forsett was clearly down after seven yards.

Schwartz said after the game that he knew the rule but was caught up in the emotions of seeing an obviously wrong call go against his team, in the future, those obviously wrong calls will be reviewed, even if a coach throws his flag.

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41 Responses to “NFL passes Jim Schwartz rule”
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 20, 2013 1:07 PM

    No brainer.

  2. jnovi86 says: Mar 20, 2013 1:09 PM

    Good, that Thanksgiving non review was a joke. Glad to see that even though they are turning the game into two hand touch, at least there will be reviews if they weren’t sure the second hand made it on a scoring play that’s challenged.

  3. baddegg says: Mar 20, 2013 1:09 PM

    To celebrate, Jim Schwartz punched out a chiuaua.

  4. pixelito says: Mar 20, 2013 1:12 PM

    What are the chances Schwartz will do something stupid enough to create another rule again?

  5. truninerfan49 says: Mar 20, 2013 1:15 PM

    But, the coaches are still penalized 15 yards right?

  6. garyman1 says: Mar 20, 2013 1:15 PM

    Wow, a common sense change to the rules…. excellent.

  7. lionsdraftguy says: Mar 20, 2013 1:21 PM

    Now, lets pass the Jim Harbaugh rule: Get flagged for whining and crying. If that was the case, the refs would throw their arms out flagging so much.

  8. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 20, 2013 1:21 PM

    Yes! I always thought there should be a rule where Jim Schwartz wasn’t allowed to speak or be seen!

    Oh darn it that’s not it.

  9. cincybert says: Mar 20, 2013 1:23 PM

    Never underestimate the power of the Schwartz.

  10. lonespeed says: Mar 20, 2013 1:23 PM

    When are they going to outlaw overhand throws of the challenge flag?

    Someone is going to get hurt.

    They should mandate all flags are tossed, or better yet dropped softly with an underhand motion.

  11. yooperman says: Mar 20, 2013 1:25 PM

    Next up, the Hand Shake Rule

  12. chevbo48 says: Mar 20, 2013 1:26 PM

    Stupid. They should also make it a rule to not review a play if its not a score or turnover and the coach doesn’t throw the flag.

    Sad it took this long for this to happen.

  13. anasdonuts says: Mar 20, 2013 1:30 PM

    Now lets give Schwartz a hearty hand shake while walking off the field. He likes those!

  14. astigmatism? football? why not both. says: Mar 20, 2013 1:31 PM

    Well that game had playoff implications (somewhat) so I wonder…
    Referees cause coaches unnecessary stress and appear in their nightmares…has anyone conducted research on bad refereeing and how taxing it is psychologically?
    I’d rather have Rex Ryan tell me we’ll win the Super Bowl every year than get penalized for my emotions…

  15. anarchopurplism says: Mar 20, 2013 1:31 PM

    Thankfully they eliminated that stupid rule

    Hopefully coaches get flagged 15 for Challenge Flag temper-tantrums

  16. richiedean49 says: Mar 20, 2013 1:31 PM

    At least the NFL got something right today.

  17. vikesfan320 says: Mar 20, 2013 1:34 PM

    Too bad we won’t get to see guys like Jordy Nelson pick up the flag for their coaches while Aaron Rodgers berates him because they know the rule better than their coaches. High comedy.

  18. steelbydesign says: Mar 20, 2013 1:45 PM

    How did these guys not have the foresight to see this would be a problem in the first place?

  19. brassknuckles47 says: Mar 20, 2013 1:48 PM

    Duh-h-h……. You know you have a stupid coach when the NFL names a rule after you.

  20. joeyashwi says: Mar 20, 2013 1:50 PM

    I agree that it was a dumb rule and should have been rescinded. I also find it funny that the coaches had one rule to remember and still break it.

  21. baronvonmonocle says: Mar 20, 2013 1:51 PM

    “Know the rules!”

  22. shaggytoodle says: Mar 20, 2013 1:58 PM

    This one is about the challenge flag.

    They must be voting on the post game handshake rule, and every time you show a HC on the sideline he shouldn’t be whining into a refs’ ear next off year, or maybe they can push that into May.

  23. phinsneverwin says: Mar 20, 2013 1:58 PM

    I want to be Jim Schwartz when I grow up

  24. pleasefirecam says: Mar 20, 2013 2:01 PM

    May the schwartz be with you…

  25. mungman69 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:23 PM

    There are way too many rules.

  26. dwarftosser says: Mar 20, 2013 2:25 PM

    But do they still get the 15 yard penalty? How can you not include that information in this article?

  27. castleofcheese says: Mar 20, 2013 2:36 PM

    Mike McCarthy was guilty of this far too many times as well.

  28. lightninglucci says: Mar 20, 2013 2:39 PM

    It doesn’t sound like they fixed this rule entirely.

    Previously, if the booth referee decides a turnover/scoring play does not need to be reviewed, the coach still can NOT challenge the play.

    This bothers me, because the Ref is supposed to have final say on booth reviews, and under this system they don’t. Neither do the coaches.

    What’s the harm? The coach throws the challenge flag, ref reviews. If the challenge is lost, the team loses a challenge. Just like any other challenge.

  29. tdk24 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:45 PM

    This rule is going to be abused, badly, to buy extra time or a breather for their team.

  30. lks311 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:49 PM

    As for last year, at the end of the day, it helped make the Texans-Lions contest the most entertaining of the Thanksgiving games AND the Lions draft 5th instead of, likely, 8th. So, not a total loss for Detroit fans.

  31. mjkelly77 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:50 PM

    It’s time for the jim hairbow rule. The coach gets flagged for every time he whines to a referee. I can see the 49ers rolling up 300+ yards in penalties per game.

  32. flickaboogie says: Mar 20, 2013 3:01 PM

    Mike McCarthy was guilty of this far too many times as well.

    Except Mike McCarthy never got penalized for it. The Refs just looked the other way.

  33. garrison1981 says: Mar 20, 2013 3:20 PM

    If I’m not mistaken Atl had it happen to the the week prior just didn’t cost them the game as it did the Lions

  34. kepdogg23 says: Mar 20, 2013 3:26 PM

    Bruce Arians had one this past season where he said he knew the rule, but wanted to show the refs how bad of a call it was????? You show em Bruce!!

  35. lovefootball4life says: Mar 20, 2013 3:32 PM

    I think the rule goes like this. If you challenge a play that will already be reviewed you are charged a time out. If you don’t have one you take a 15 yd penalty.

    Before, as Jimbo found out, throwing the flag stopped the ref from doing a automatic review and the play stands. Frankly that I don’t get. Someone had to see this coming and that was someones best idea to avoid a conflict?

  36. rgledz says: Mar 20, 2013 3:34 PM

    Now they can call it the Mike McCarthy rule since there won’t be a penalty when it’s thrown on a reviewable play. Being that he did the same thing Schwartz did when the Packers played the Vikings, but no penalty and he got the review anyway.

  37. lionsdraftguy says: Mar 20, 2013 3:47 PM

    Love how everyone keeps giving Schwartz crap about the handshake, yet Jim Harbaugh is probably THE most disliked coach in the game. Hes the most unclassy, dirty, arrogant, and sore losing coach ive ever seen.

  38. shaggytoodle says: Mar 20, 2013 4:11 PM

    lionsdraftguy says: Mar 20, 2013 3:47 PM

    Love how everyone keeps giving Schwartz crap about the handshake, yet Jim Harbaugh is probably THE most disliked coach in the game. Hes the most unclassy, dirty, arrogant, and sore losing coach ive ever seen.
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    I disagree, I can’t stand Schwartz is worse, ALWAYS see him nagging on a referee.

    I remember this one game on Thanksgiving he’s was trying to defend Suh (he’s your guy and I understand) after trying to stomp someone’s face in.

    If he would have used that chance to real in Suh, I would have more respect for him. I also thing you prevent some future instances like Titus Young fiasco.

    Sometimes you need to let players know when they are in the wrong.

    Look at how much Vernon Davis matured.

  39. Canned Heat says: Mar 20, 2013 4:11 PM

    cincybert says: Mar 20, 2013 1:23 PM

    Never underestimate the power of the Schwartz.

    __________________________________

    Beautiful.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    rgledz says: Mar 20, 2013 3:34 PM

    Now they can call it the Mike McCarthy rule since there won’t be a penalty when it’s thrown on a reviewable play. Being that he did the same thing Schwartz did when the Packers played the Vikings, but no penalty and he got the review anyway.

    _______________________________

    Did you mean “on a non-reviewable play”?

    Just checking…I don’t speak Vikingese. That wasn’t the same scenario, BTW.

  40. jibberator says: Mar 20, 2013 4:31 PM

    Can we lockout the booth reviewers this year for all of the horrible calls they make?

  41. 4sharita says: Mar 20, 2013 4:52 PM

    I shat my Jim Schwartz when my Lions lost to that overrated team on such an obviously bad call.

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