At last year’s owners meetings, the league opted not to enact any proposals to alter the replay system to allow coaches to challenge a wider variety of calls made during games.
The idea that coaches should be able to challenge everything is one supported by Patriots coach Bill Belichick and reportedly got increased support before being voted down last year. More supporters have come forward since then. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said during the season that he thinks it’s a good idea and Raiders coach Jack Del Rio expressed his support from the Scouting Combine on Wednesday.
“Bill Belichick brought up a great point in our owners meetings last year about allowing a coach to challenge any play if he decided it was worthy enough,” Del Rio said. “So I’m in favor of that. If we have an opportunity to get something right, let’s use that opportunity and let’s get it right. That’s what he was saying. It doesn’t really matter if we can make it right. If it’s wrong, and we all know it’s wrong, and we have an opportunity to make right under the same criteria — indisputable — then why not? So makes all the sense in the world to me and I’m supportive of something along those lines and we’ll see where it goes.”
The league has added to the list of reviewable plays over the years, usually after an instance of a call being missed that replay would have corrected. Making more of those plays reviewable proactively would seem to have some value by getting ahead of such situations and leaving coaches to make their challenges to correct as many errors as possible. We’ll find out if that’s something the league will be considering again this year in the near future.