BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum
It made everyone do a double-take, then it made perfect sense to non-Cincinnati and non-Pittsburgh fans.
Back in Week 12 when the Baltimore Ravens held off the Cincinnati Bengals 19-14, it wasn't a single touchdown that made national headlines. Rather it was a game ending safety that cut a seven-point deficit to only five.
On the final play, numerous Ravens players held the opposing Bengals, who were setting up to receive punt, with 11 seconds left on the clock. Punter Sam Koch, just sat back, draining the clock before finally running out the back of the end zone with the clock at zero.
Thursday it was proposed to the NFL's Competition Committee to make plays like this illegal.
Officially, teams wouldn't be allowed to commit multiple fouls to manipulate the clock. Would be a 15-yard penalty and a reset of the clock.— Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke) March 23, 2017
While it may be considered unfair to some, making this new rule would simply add to an already expanding rule book and only be used for a select handful of plays a year, maybe.
Eliminating cleverness of coaches that are well versed in the NFL rule book, should not be the approach of the of rule adaptations. There is no impact on player safety nor does it make the game 'more watchable' (like the extra-point rule).
Not only that, but the new proposed rule just leaves another set of loopholes for coaches to take advantage of at the end of a game. What if team trying to score on the last play commits two offensive penalties just to get another shot at the endzone?
But before making a massive overhaul to fix all of the loopholes in the NFL rule book, can we establish what a catch is first?