Yet another mistake has marred this Thanksgiving game between the Texans and the Lions. Jim Schwartz, the head coach of the Lions, threw a challenge flag on a play that was obviously blown by the officials. But under the new rules and regulations of the NFL, if a coach throws the challenge flag on a play that will automatically reviewed, then that team that threw the challenge flag will be assessed a unsportsmanlike foul penalty and the play will stand as it was called on the field. This rule is a foolish mistake in the idea that it was a simple mistake that the penalty even exists.
The NFL may have sought a clear and concise game that would be removed from the idiosyncrasies that regularly occur, but this rule, like so many other new rules set up by the NFL is an irrational attempt to clean up a game that was already fine without them. The league has become a full of irrational policies such as this and will forever be marred by these policies.
The NFL must remove this policy at least. This would be a start, and a good one at that, but there is so much more to be surveyed.