Sunday, January 06, 2008

Awesome article about NFL instant replay

is here.

I like the rule as it stands in the NFL more so than I do in college. It doesn't slow the game down much, and I like the coaches having a little power (to use or to squander).

Incidentally...why is the forceout a rule? If a player catches the ball, is due to come down in bounds, but is pushed out before he can land, why is this a completion? It seems to me that it's simply a great play by the defense (provided it's a push and not a carry). Eliminating the forceout rule would eliminate a subjective call that's not reviewable. Anybody want to justify the forceout?


At 8:42 AM, Blogger tommyspoon said...

A forceout is another form of pass interference. Defenders cannot interfere with the receiver's ability to catch the ball (play the ball, not the man) and a forceout is such an example of interference.

Simply pushing a receiver out of bounds is a cheap out for the defense, IMHO. You can just as easily tackle the receiver once he catches the ball that close to the sideline, or attempt to make a play on the ball.


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