Just as many had anticipated, the NFL has recently made some changes to the league’s replay rules. But, these changes were not as drastic as some had hoped for, with the list of reviewable plays thrown out in favor only of non-reviewable ones.
Among the changes brought about by the passage of the new replay rules are that there will be new items available to be under review that previously weren’t subject to it. These items include penalty enforcement, proper down, the status of the game clock and proper foul.
The list of plays non-reviewable has also been changed in order to cover the following scenarios: (1) the spot where an airborne ball crosses oiver the sideline; (2) whether a player was blocked into a loose ball; (3) advance by a player after a fair catch signal, whether it be valid or invalid; (4) whether a player caused the force that put the ball into the end zone. The quarterback “spike” done in effort to run down the clock was formerly on the list of non-reviewable plays, and has since been removed.
Along with these mentioned changes, members of the league office as well as replay officials now have the ability to consult with on the field officials. The ideology behind this move was to “provide information on the correct application of playing rules, including appropriate assessment of penalty yardage, proper down, and status of the game clock.”
The main goal of the largely ineffective revision was clear the air on what could and could not be placed under review. The order of the relevant rule has been revised, simply making the non-reviewable have precedence over the reviewable ones. Previously, it was the other way around.
Overall, this not a major change that will have a big impact on the game and rather serves as a measure for clarity.
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