RedRamage Posted January 23, 2022 Share Posted January 23, 2022 I happen to be browsing through Youtube and found a video complication of controversial calls in sports. The sad thing was that Detroit was in it three times on the losing end. One of the plays through was the Golden Tate non-TD catch at the end of the Falcons games. If you don't remember, you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZkFCYU3QoU Now, as much as I hate the play, I do think the refs called it right AND I think the applied the rule correctly... I just think it's a stupid rule. If the call has been made correctly on the field, the Lions would have had 9 seconds to get in position and spike the ball (or do a QB sneak a la the Dallas game). But because the refs botched the call, it penalized the Lions. I had a thought on this while watching it. I know on the "old" board we had a long discussion about this and tossed around rule modifications for how far away the play was or what other circumstances were. To be honest while I advocated for a rule that would take into account the distances from scrimmage of where the play was, I never loved it because I felt it was cumbersome. But I think my new suggestion is pretty elegant and relatively easy: In an event where an official's mistake results in a 10 second run off, the offence may elect to instead lose one down and only have a 5 second run off. Essentially this is saying the offense, had they been given the chance, could have come to the line and spiked the ball in 5 seconds. Now, this isn't perfect of course. Obviously this would only be an option if there was more than 5 seconds left on the clock and if it was less than 3rd down. If there's less than 5 seconds then the assumption is there would be no way to get set and spike. If it's 3rd or 4th down then it wouldn't made sense to spike the ball. Now, obviously this isn't a perfect solutions. There will be times (a long Hail Mary maybe?) where it's unreasonable to think that the team could get in place in 5 seconds and there will be times if the whole team was already there (like a try for the 1 yard line) where 5 seconds might be enough to get set and spike the ball. But I think this will cut down on the number of times where a play may a reasonably been done but the team gets jobbed because of an official's mistake. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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