Lions propose making all personal fouls subject to coaches’ challenge

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In the past, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has argued for allowing coaches to challenge anything. This year, the Lions have offered a more narrow version of that proposal.

The league’s announcement of team proposals for 2023 includes a Detroit effort “to expand the coaches’ challenge system to include personal fouls called on the field.”

As worded, the proposal would include only the review of personal fouls called, and no review of personal fouls not called.

For example, if there’s a questionable hit on a defenseless player that draws a flag, it could be challenged. But if there’s a blatantly illegal hit on a defenseless player that doesn’t draw a flag, it couldn’t be challenged.

As with all reviewable plays, clear and obvious evidence would be needed to overturn the ruling on the field.

6 responses to “Lions propose making all personal fouls subject to coaches’ challenge

  1. This regime is just doing everything right. Not only balancing a roster the right way, but now making sure the Lions don’t get screwed out of anymore W’s.

  2. The league is just wasting everyone’s time by hemming and hawing. Belichick’s idea is the right one. Same number of challenges and anything can be challenged.

  3. As long as there are limits to number of challenges, THERE IS NO REASON to not allow everything challengeable, unless the NFL wants to be able to steer outcomes

  4. At the Sea Dragons game Saturday, there was a no-call DPI on a San Antonio receiver that wasn’t called, even though most of us Seattle fans in the stands admitted to each other it should have been interference. The coach challenged the non-call and it was reversed to pass interference. So at least in this instance, the XFL challenge-anything system worked.

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