Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 11/22/12
Deja Boo. Sitting in Dallas for the Redskins-Cowboys game on FOX, I could hear the screams all the way from Detroit to Atlanta. In the first Thanksgiving Day game of Week 12, an illegal flag caused quite an uproar. Twice in the last four days, two NFL coaches have been victimized by a bad rule that must be addressed and changed in the offseason. In Week 11, Atlanta coach Mike Smith was penalized for trying to challenge a turnover against Arizona prior to the replay official initiating a review. Lightning struck again Thursday in the Texans-Lions game Thursday. Here was the situation: Houston had the ball, second-and-10 from the Houston 19-yard line with 6:50 left in the third quarter. Detroit led 24-14. Texans running back Justin Forsett carried the ball 81 yards for a touchdown. However, on the play Forsett's knee clearly touched the ground seven yards after he was hit by Detroit's Erik Coleman and Louis Delmas. Detroit coach Jim Schwartz tossed his challenge flag and was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for trying to challenge the ruling. As was the case with Smith, both coaches threw the challenge flag before the replay official initiated a review. By rule, since the challenge flag came first, both plays could not be reviewed. Had the replay official buzzed the referee to initiate the review before the challenge flag was thrown, the 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct would have remained, however, the play would have been reviewed. And in the case of the Forsett touchdown, it would have been reversed. Let's address the first aspect of this: how did the officials miss this? Forsett was obviously down. I will have to admit that this was the NFL's concern when the league moved the umpire into the offensive backfield. Had he been in his old position (5-7 yards behind the line on the defensive side of the ball), he would have had a perfect look. The closest official on this play was the line judge, and Forsett's back was to him. Knowing this could happen, the league was still comfortable making the change because the league knew replay could correct errors that occurred in this area, whether it was a fumble, a runner being down or a trapped pass. That's why this rule must be changed. The current rule is counter-intuitive to the reason replay was put in and it penalizes a coach twice. It costs a coach a 15-yard penalty and then disallows a review, where a ruling on the field could have been changed. That's nonsense. It's even more nonsensical that the play could be reviewed if the replay official had initiated the review before the challenge flag was thrown. Twice in four days? It's a simple rule change. Penalize the coach 15 yards, when he's not entitled to throw the flag, but review the play regardless of when he throws it. After all, replay is all about getting it right.
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