Report: NFL may change “Jim Schwartz” challenge rule mid-season
In the wake of the confusing, controversial, and technically correct touchdown call in Thursday’s Lions-Texans game, the NFL may change the rule that caused all the confusion sooner rather than later, according to a report on NFL.com.
The rule in question prohibits coaches from throwing their red challenge flag to demand review of a play (such as a touchdown) that will be automatically reviewed by officials anyways. The flaws in this obscure rule were visible for a national TV audience in yesterday’s game.
In the 3rd quarter, Texans running back Justin Forsett appeared to be down on a running play after both his knee and elbow touched the ground. However, the officials on the field missed the call, and with the Lions defense returning to start the next play in the drive, Forsett waltzed the rest of the field for an 81-yard touchdown.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz, frustrated by the decision, threw his challenge flag, forgetting that the scoring play was destined to be reviewed anyway, and in essence allowing an illegitimate touchdown to stand. Such a loophole may not exist for much longer.