On Tuesday afternoon the NFL announced that its owners have agreed to a series of changes to the current instant replay review system that will go into effect for the 2016 season.
The changes primarily affect in-game administration and will allow on-field officials to confer with a replay officials at NFL offices to ensure that penalties are properly enforced and that game clock times are accurate.
Here’s the breakdown on the new rules from the NFL’s press release.
The new rules also make clear that “The Replay Official and designated members of the Officiating Department at the League office may consult with the on-field officials to provide information on the correct application of playing rules, including appropriate assessment of penalty yardage, proper down, and status of the game clock.”
One of the biggest champions of the changes were the Baltimore Ravens and coach John Harbaugh, who were essentially cost a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 10 last year after officials botched a false start call and gave the Jaguars an untimed down at the end of the game, which they used to kick the game-winning field goal.
USA Today reported that Harbaugh has said that five NFL games were decided by non-reviewable calls last season and wants to see the system overhauled even more drastically than these rules allow.
Overall though, the changes are hard to argue with and are relatively minuscule all things considered, especially considering that these exact rules changes were authorized by commissioner Roger Goodell for the playoffs last year to ensure no administrative mistakes were made.
This should help officials make more accurate rulings and will hopefully result in fewer games being decided by blown calls.
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