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Just for the sake of arguing the rules. Updated.

If I am a head coach and the game is inside 2 minutes. All reviews must come from the booth and I am not allowed to throw my challenge flag. Lets say my running back fumbles the ball and it is recovered by the defense. This fumble and subsequent recovery is clear to me and everyone in the stadium, but the refs blow it and call my running back down. Normally this play inside 2 minutes will be automatically reviewed and overturned giving the defense the ball at the spot of the clear recovery by the defensive player. If this is true, i should throw my challenge flag rendering the play un-reviewable and giving my team a 15 yard penalty instead of giving the other team the ball. If this is in fact possible, someone should use this advantage if the opportunity presents itself just to prove a point about the NFL not completely thinking out the implications of new rules.

Update:

This is all I could find in the rule book.

Section 9 Instant Replay

INSTANT REPLAY

The League will employ a system of Instant Replay Review to aid officiating for reviewable plays as defined below. The following procedures will be used:

Coaches’ Challenge. In each game, a team will be permitted two challenges that will initiate Instant Replay reviews, except for plays when the on-field ruling is a score for either team, an interception, a fumble or backward pass that is recovered by an opponent or goes out of bounds through an opponent’s end zone, or a muffed scrimmage kick recovered by the kicking team. A team is also prohibited from challenging any ruling after the two-minute warning of each half, and throughout any overtime period. Each challenge will require the use of a team timeout. If a challenge is upheld, the timeout will be restored to the challenging team. A challenge will only be restored if a team is successful on both of its challenges, in which case it shall be awarded a third challenge, but a fourth challenge will not be permitted under any circumstances. A team may challenge an on-field ruling up until the next legal snap or kick. If there is a foul that delays the next snap, the team committing that foul will no longer be able to challenge the previous ruling. No challenges will be recognized from a team that has exhausted its timeouts. A team that is out of timeouts or has used all of its available challenges may not attempt to initiate an additional challenge.

Penalty: For initiating a challenge when a team is prohibited from doing so: Loss of 15 yards.

Replay Official’s Request for Review. After all scoring plays, interceptions, fumbles and backward passes that are recovered by an opponent or go out of bounds through an opponent’s end zone, muffed scrimmage kicks recovered by

the kicking team, after the two-minute warning of each half, and throughout any overtime period, any Replay Review will

be initiated by a Replay Official from a Replay Booth comparable to the location of the coaches’ booth or Press Box. There is no limit to the number of Referee Reviews that may be initiated by the Replay Official. He must initiate a review before the next legal snap or kick and cannot initiate a review of any ruling against a team that commits a foul that delays the next snap. His ability to initiate a review will be unrelated to the number of timeouts that either team has remaining,

and no timeout will be charged for any review initiated by the Replay Official.

Reviews by Referee. All Replay Reviews will be conducted by the Referee on a field-level monitor after consultation with the

covering official(s), prior to review. A decision will be reversed only when the Referee has indisputable visual evidence

available to him that warrants the change.

Time Limit. Each review will be a maximum of 60 seconds in length, timed from when the Referee begins his review of the

replay at the field-level monitor.

Reviewable Plays. The Replay System will cover the following play situations only:

(a) Plays governed by Sideline, Goal Line, End Zone, and End Line:

1. Scoring plays, including a runner breaking the plane of the goal line.

2. Pass complete/incomplete/intercepted at sideline, goal line, end zone, and end line. 3. Runner/receiver in or out of bounds.

4. Recovery of loose ball in or out of bounds.

(b) Passing plays:

1. Pass ruled complete/incomplete/intercepted in the field of play.

2. Touching of a forward pass by an ineligible receiver.

3. Touching of a forward pass by a defensive player.

4. Quarterback (Passer) forward pass or fumble.

5. Illegal forward pass beyond the line of scrimmage or from behind the line after the ball has been beyond the line. 6. Illegal forward pass after change of possession.

7. Forward or backward pass thrown from behind line of scrimmage.

(c) Other reviewable plays:

1. Runner ruled not down by defensive contact.

2. Runner ruled down by defensive contact when the recovery of a fumble by an opponent or a teammate occurs in the

action that happens following the fumble.

3. Runner ruled out of bounds when the recovery of a fumble by an opponent or a teammate occurs in the action that happens following the fumble.

4. Ruling of incomplete pass when the recovery of a passer’s fumble, or the recovery of a backward pass, by an opponent or a teammate occurs in the action following the fumble or backward pass.

5. Ruling of a loose ball out of bounds when it is recovered in the field of play by an opponent or a teammate in the action after the ball hits the ground.

Note 1: If the ruling of down by contact, out of bounds, or incomplete pass is changed, the ball belongs to the recovering player at the spot of the recovery of the fumble, and any advance is nullified. If the ball goes out of bounds in an end zone, the result of the play will be either a touchback or a safety.

Note 2: If the Referee does not have indisputable visual evidence as to which player recovered the loose ball, the ruling on the field will stand.

Note 3: This does not apply to complete/incomplete passes, or the ruling of forward progress.

6. Forward progress with respect to a first down.

7. Touching of a kick.

8. A Field-goal or Try attempt that crosses below or above the crossbar, inside or outside the uprights when it is lower

than the top of the uprights, or touches anything.

9. Number of players on the field at the snap.

10. Illegal forward handoff.

11. A loose ball in play striking a video board, guide wire, sky cam, or any other object.

Note: Non-reviewable plays include but are not limited to:

1. Status of the clock

2. Proper down

3. Penalty administration

4. Runner ruled down by defensive contact (not involving fumbles)

5. Forward progress not relating to first down or goal line

6. Recovery of a loose ball that does not involve a boundary line or the end zone.

7. Field-goal or Try attempts that cross above either upright without touching anything. 8. Inadvertent Whistle


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