Perhaps we could call it the “Jim Schwartz rule.’’
The NFL is looking at changing the red challenge flag rule that was costly to the Detroit Lions in the loss to Houston on Thanksgiving.
Schwartz threw the red flag on a scoring play that would have been automatically reviewed. The rule says if that happens, the play won’t be reviewed at all. It’s the rule, but it’s idiotic.
If you remember the Texans scored a touchdown in the third quarter when Houston’s running back Justin Forsett ran straight up the gut and then looked like he got tackled with his left knee and left elbow on the turf. But he got up and kept going 81 yards into the end zone. The Lions didn’t chase him because they thought he was down and they were right.
There was talk of changing the challenge rule midseason, but it didn’t happen.
Now the NFL Competition Committee is going to recommend that owners change it when they meet in March. The committee met Wednesday in Indianapolis.
“The bottom line is that we will get resolution on that play where we will get it right, where the play on the field is correctly administered,” NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said after the meeting, according to the Associated Press.