Instant replay has brought so much to the National Football League and is one of the most important rule changes in the past 20 years.
It has brought the league into the 21st century, leaving behind that traditionalist game of Major League Baseball to struggle with the decision about whether they need to bring electronics into its realm
It should – but I digress.
Instant replay is great, it’s gotten better and as Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com says, it could and should go even further.
New last year was the rule that all scoring plays would be reviewed. That’s great and as Florio points out, it added a mere one second – yes, that’s right – one second to the average time of an NFL game last year.
New this year will be the rule that all turnovers will be reviewed – no need for the red flag and the involvement of the coach. They have better things to do.
With that said, Florio believes, and I agree, that it would be wise to extend the rules to include all plays that could have been scoring plays – such as the back linesman who judges the receiver was out of bounds while catching a potential touchdown pass. He also believes that all first down plays or potential first down plays should also be reviewed.
These are good ideas that will only enhance the instant replay rules for the league.
And hey, with the potential for the referees lockout this season, who’s to say that these new review rules won’t be even better for the game.
Packers and Bears fans know all about the “Instant Replay” game back in the 1980s. Packers fans also know the Jerry Rice fumbled on that play against the Packers in the Playoff game they stole way back when.
We don’t want those kinds of things marring the game. We want the right call for both teams. It makes it a clean, efficient and fair game. That’s all we ask – that there is a level playing field.
Florio’s ideas go a long way in reaching that point. The league should be listening.