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NFL Challenge Rule on Scoring to possibly be Reviewed

No, I'm not here to cause anything, but I was perusing NFL.com and found this out. Apparently, Roger Goodell said on Tuesday that although there are no plans to change the challenge rule that cost the Lions a win on Thanksgiving, the rule may be reviewed after the regular season ends and changed as seen put.

The story can be read here.

I personally am of the opinion that this is a horrendous rule. It wasn't just Schwartz, actually it could have happened with any coach, and Schwartz was the one who exposed the flaw in the rule. In a situation like the one he was in on Thursday, it is instinctive for the coach to throw the challenge flag when the play ends. If all scoring plays are reviewed automatically, that should never be considered enough to cancel the review--especially with a call of the magnitude of the one that happened on Thanksgiving.

If this happens, I really think just docking a team 15 yards is enough. When the officials make a call like the one last Thursday in the Texans-Lions game, it not only cost the Lions 15 yards but also cost them seven points. The next time this happens, the story will be exactly the same, and which team would be the one burned this time?

Schwartz should not be to blame. Not only is this a terrible rule, it is one that has cost several other coaches this year. The outcry about it is not only the fact that it directly cost the Lions a win on Thursday, but also that it is a very confusing and unnecessarily harsh rule. Goodell needs to do the right thing and change the rule. Doing so would effectively send an apology to the Lions and their fans for what happened during that "touchdown" at Ford Field.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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