NFL will consider allowing coaches to challenge all penalties

AP

A major change could be coming to instant replay in the NFL.

A proposal allowing challenges to every officiating decision will be brought forward jointly by the Bills and Seahawks at next week’s league meeting. If the owners vote in favor of the new rule, all penalties — from holding to pass interference, facemasking to false start — could be challenged.

“That is a significant change to our current replay rule and it is something that will be on the floor and will be debated and voted on next week,” NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said.

That would be perhaps the most radical change made to instant replay since the NFL began replay reviews. It would allow for all sorts of calls (and non-calls) to be challenged that in the past were never reviewed.

However, it seems like a long shot that the proposal will pass. The NFL is generally very cautious about changes to instant replay. And that change would be significant.

64 responses to “NFL will consider allowing coaches to challenge all penalties

  1. This could really blow up on people. Imagine if coaches could review Pass Interference calls. That ought to be fun and it would make for some great post-game interviews. Just imagine the comments when the refs and coach don’t agree on a borderline PI call.

  2. “Prepare for 5 hour long games.”

    Uh no. It doesn’t say they will increase the number of challenges, only open up more things that those challenges can be used for.

  3. People think this is good until the moment that we realise how stupid it would be to have replay for holding, illegal contact and especially unsportsmanlike conduct.

    The idea of a coach challenging that Antonio Brown should have been flagged for twerking is so hilarious moronic that I almost want it to happen.

    ‘After reviewing the dance, the receiver stuck his rear out in a provocative manner then made three suggestive moves. Therefore the ruling on the field is reversed, Unsportsman like conduct #84 of the offence, 15 yard penalty, first down.

  4. I think the headline should read – “NFL will consider allowing coaches to challenge all TYPES OF penalties”

    Otherwise, it sounds like coaches can just keep throwing their red flag all day.

  5. This actually isn’t a bad thing if you still limit how many challenges there can be. You’re just allowing more plays to be able to be challenged. It shouldn’t increase the game lengths as long as your still limited to a certain number of challenges. Am I wrong?

  6. It won’t lengthen the game at all. They still can only call for a max of 3 replays. If this was instituted last season the Eagles make the playoffs. I am sure a few of you could same about your teams.

  7. Reviewing holding calls, false start, offsides penalties would be insanely tedious and would make the game an hour longer… But I would be cool with being able to review pass-interference calls, roughing the kicker/passer- basically major 15-yard penalties.

  8. Allow teams to challenge penalties and missed penalties.

    Give them unlimited challenges–that is until they lose a challenge–then they can’t call another one.

    Keeps mistakes down AND makes it so teams can’t abuse the process.

  9. This should have happened years ago. The cynic in me says the only reason it is being put forward again now is because final say on replays is headed for the bunker under 345 Park Ave ensuring the result of any challenge will be ‘manageable.’

  10. GREAT, now we would get to see linemen get in the act of telling the coach to throw the flag becuase they got held each play. Glad you only get two, possible three challenges per game. smh

  11. This is smart. There’s just so many things that get missed that a billion fans see and lose interest. For example Ravens Niners super bowl, the wr takes the kickoff down the middle through a gap created by, count them, three holds. Would have loved that to have been reviewed. Then late in the game, ravens set up for a game winning field solely because a phantom pass interference called on culliver. Then let’s not even get into Jimmy Smith’s three penalties he committed at the end. Nice “technique” Jimmy!

  12. “The idea of a coach challenging that Antonio Brown should have been flagged for twerking is so hilarious moronic that I almost want it to happen.”

    So you think a coach would use one of his max 3 challenges on something like this instead of a crucial and actually important call? Well it is Tomlin but I don’t think he’s that stupid.

  13. Better idea:

    Save the travel money and have each team sit in their home locker room, texting their plays to NFL headquarters. The league could call whatever penalty they want at any time and the wrangling can go on for months and we don’t have to see or hear any of it.

    If you’re going to let the coach determine the pace of the game, why not just review each play and call every penalty that can be seen…

    Ref [speaks to stadium]: “OK. We have two holding, one unnecessary roughness, and encroachment on the defense, offset by 1 holding, intentional grounding, and offensive pass interference on the offense. Ball remains on the 32 yard line, three players are ejected. Replay first down.”

  14. So many penalties are in the gray area. It either “is” or “isn’t” a penalty depending on what team you’re rooting for.

  15. “However, it seems like a long shot that the proposal will pass. The NFL is generally very cautious about changes to instant replay. And that change would be significant.”

    Nowhere near as significant a change as letting Blandino decide games… er have final say… from the safety of 345 Park Ave.

  16. IT’S ABOUT TIME! Penalties called on critical plays influenced far too many games last year. I suggest you limit it to called penalties – not infractions missed by the refs.

  17. I love it. What coach is going to challenge silly 10 yard holding penalties when he only gets two (maybe 3) challenges a game?

    These will be held for the more significant 45 yard Pass Interference penalties or ridiculous penalties late in the game that could affect the outcome

    (see Oakland vs New Orleans week 1)

    I like it.

  18. I love it. What coach is going to challenge silly 10 yard holding penalties when he only gets two (maybe 3) challenges a game?

    These will be held for the more significant 45 yard Pass Interference penalties or ridiculous penalties late in the game that could affect the outcome

    (see Oakland vs New Orleans week 1)

    I like it.

  19. ALL calls—and non-calls—should be subject to review under the EXISTING number of challenges ALREADY ALLOWED per team. That wouldn’t work to needlessly lengthen the duration of a game. The goal here should be to get it right. All that’s potentially at stake is the integrity of a game’s outcome.

  20. Give each coach 2 green flags for penalty challenges. If not overturned they lose a time out. If they are out of timeouts then the yardage is doubled.

  21. Last year there was, what I thought anyway, and uptick in false starts on the center…..

    That is a penalty that should be reviewed every time.

  22. Horrible. Ratings dip a little bit and the fools at the league office run around with their hair on fire with no consistent approach. hey let’s cut down on commericals and add 30 minutes of replay challenges… good one Rog here’s another 40 mil.

    You want to have ratings go up. stay out of the game and let players play. Limit PI calls, allow handfighting and allow hits to still be part of game. Don’t call penalties unless it’s 100% obvious it had an impact on the play.

  23. “Why didn’t Marvin challenge that facemask call? Why didn’t he? C’mon man.”

  24. Finally, a way to hold officials accountable for blown calls. It will be a major black eye for an official to be constantly overturned — which will hopefully lead to that official getting less desirable officiating jobs. If it’s instituted along with fulltime refs, this will work fantastically well. It’s such a sham that only “certain” types of plays are reviewable. It’s always been totally arbitrary what was reviewable and what wasn’t.

    Of course, the rule change won’t pass this year. But the fact that they are discussing it means that they’ll discuss it every year for 3-5 years until it finally passes.

  25. In reality every play will potentially be challenged. They do need to be able to correct a play that is challenged if another penalty was missed. For example, if you take the time to check if it was a catch or not and if blatant interference occurred but was not called it should be called at that time. If you want to “fix” a play the “fix” it right….

  26. “However, it seems like a long shot that the proposal will pass. The NFL is generally very cautious about changes to instant replay. And that change would be significant.”

    Nowhere near as significant a change as letting Blandino decide games… er have final say… from the safety of 345 Park Ave.

  27. Is it for penalties called or for penalties missed? For example, two years ago this change would have had zero impact on the Dallas / Detroit game if it didn’t allow you to challenge penalties NOT CALLED.

  28. This is well overdue. As long as teams still only get the current amount of challenges, then being able to use them to make sure a penalty was justified is the right thing to do.

    Too many times the outcome of games have been decided by a long pass interference penalty that has moved a team into field goal range or has kept a drive alive rather than forcing a punt or turnover of downs.

    This won’t extend the length of games but will help make sure that the – or at least some of the – results are correct and fair.

  29. This will be bad enough, but if they ever let them challenge “missed penalties”……..yuck!

  30. There are five separate posts above making the same mind-numbingly dumb claim that this would lengthen games. These people need to be separated from society, that strength stupid is contagious.

  31. Of course they will. That means more commercials and more money for them and television. Meanwhile, the fans, the people that make this whole operation a billion dollar industry, get the short end. Get your dvr ready. I won’t watch any game live anymore. Total joke.

  32. Long overdue but better late than never. There are some penalties, such as roughing penalties, that are bogus, but they are also potentially game changing penalties because they can kill drives or keep drives alive. There is no reason why such penalties cannot be appealed.

  33. And they’ll call it the “Belichick Rule” because Bill has been advocating for this for years. And rightfully so. And to all the morons saying the games will now be longer…just think. If the number of challenges doesn’t change how, exactly, will the games be longer?

  34. No. Challenging every penalty will absolutely kill the flow of the game. They’re talking about finding ways to speed up the pace, well this will bring everything to a grinding hault repeatedly. They do this in the CFL and it is DUMB. After every play it’s like “oh was there a little jersey tug here? Oh was there a little push off there? Let’s challenge this, let’s challenge that, let’s just throw it at the wall and see what sticks” it’s PAINFUL. The reviews that already exist take up enough time, we don’t need refs watching a replay 20 times to see if there was a slight hold that a coach is campaigning for.

    At some point it just gets to be too much. Why even have referees anymore? If this is what it takes to “get it right” then i don’t care about getting it right. There has to be a point where we just accept the fact that subjectivity and human error are an unavoidable element of the game.

    They’re gonna spend so much time micromanaging every stupid little aspect of every game that we won’t even want to watch anymore. When you can’t even celebrate a play until 30 seconds after when you realize no flag is gonna be thrown, trust me. You’ll all deeply regret the day you begged for this to happen.

  35. Probably wouldn’t fix much. It’s not uncommon for refs to do a review of a challenged play and still get it wrong after looking at it for 5 minutes.

    Just put an official in a booth that automatically reviews every flagged play and makes a quick judgment on it. There’s absolutely no reason a play should take minutes to review when we can see slow mo replays from the broadcast seconds after the play ends and most times can tell within a few seconds whether the call was right or wrong.

    The problem though is this only addresses plays where flags are thrown. We all know some of the most egregious mistakes made by refs are the non calls. How do you fix that?

  36. Only can challenge calls made by refs…can’t challenge non-calls. It will keep the flag in the pocket of the ref, unless it is an ‘obvious’ penalty.
    Will probably speed up game…less penalties called.

  37. So you’re saying the Raiders have a chance?

    lol probably not. My raiders are generally called for legit penalties 9/10 times.. but other refs will let other team get away with it.

  38. EVERY ref call should be challenged ESPECIALLY penalties. its the only way to ensure the right call is made.

  39. I agree with challenging but limit a coaches challenge like one challenge per half especially on playoffs if anything just playoffs would be great so much emotion for all fans NOvsLa KcvsNE example

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