Re: Rule changes needed
posted at 12/27/2012 8:55 PM EST
In response to IrishMob7's comment:
In response to sheldong's comment:
1 - When a receiver goes up to catch a ball and then a defender gives him a brutal hit to chest with his shoulder, the defender should not be called for unnecessary roughness. That is what the defender is supposed to do.
2 - Pass interference by the defense should be limited to fifteen yards and should not be an automatic first down.
3 - Pass interference by the offense should be the 10 yard penalty but should include loss of down.
4 - Certain penalties should be reviewable -- like unnecessary roughness of PI.
5 -Get rid of that stupid coach-throwing-a-flag not making a change of possession reviewable.
Sorry for the off-topic rant, sheldong. Great thread.
I agree with most of your assertions, however, I can see both sides for rule change #2. I can't tell which works more efficiently because I've seen both sides get hosed (college + NFL).
I've seen on numerous occassions where a DB in college will get burned by a 50 yard pass so he purposely obstructs the receiver negating the 50 yard pass, and accepting the 15 yard penalty. I think that we would see too much of that in the NFL. I think the best bet would be to keep the PI rules that reside in the NFL.
Another rule change that I would propose is the overtime rules. Although I welcomed the recent overtime rule change, I still love the way college football does it. I don't think just because you win the toss and score a Touchdown on the ensuing drive should result in victory. For teams that have offense as their strength, this is simply unfair. In college, both sides get a shot and the overtime is much more intense. It would also negate any games resulting in a tie, which I think are complete nonsense.
This is true, and I have seen it, too.
Can't understand why they can't have two separate penalties; one of fifteen yards (more incidental) and one a spot foul (for deliberate prevention of a big play).
I know it would be a judgment call, but the game already has precendent for judgment calls based on severity of the infraction: Running into the kicker is 5 yards, whereas roughing the kicker is 15 yards...likewise a facemask penalty can be either 5 or 15 yards, based on severity. Sometimes these judgment calls are blown (or, more often, a tough "tweener" call) but for the most part, the refs get them right.
Simply no reason why PI cannot be treated in the same fashion; if "judgment" is the issue regarding PI, it should eqally be an issue on facemask and punter-abuse penalty calls. Can't have it both ways.