NFL Owners Skeptical of Colts’ Proposal for Penalty Challenges in Crucial Moments

The Indianapolis Colts’ proposal to allow challenges to all penalties ⁢called in the​ final two minutes of each half of NFL games “has minimal ​traction” among league owners,⁣ according to ESPN’s ​Stephen Holder.

Origins of the Proposal

The idea for this proposal originated​ from a pair of late penalties that contributed to the Colts’ 39-38 loss to the Cleveland Browns ⁣on ⁢Oct. ‍22. ⁣Following that loss, Colts ⁣owner Jim Irsay suggested that the NFL should “institute instant replay​ for all calls, including penalties, in the ⁢last ⁤two minutes of ⁤all games.”

Annual League Meeting

The ⁤32 team​ owners will vote on proposed rule changes during the Annual League Meeting, which takes place‍ Sunday through Wednesday ​in⁣ Orlando, Florida. For ​a proposal​ to be approved, 24 owners must vote in favor. However, the Colts’ proposed change seems⁤ unlikely to pass after the suggestion⁤ “stalled,” as​ reported ​by Holder.

This means⁢ teams will⁣ be unable to challenge fouls like the pass interference called on the Colts on Oct. 22, which handed‌ the Browns the ball on the Indianapolis ⁢one-yard line with 33 ‌seconds remaining in ⁣the game. ‌Irsay wrote that⁢ the NFL later told him the officials “did⁣ not make the correct‍ calls” at the end of the ⁣game.

NFL’s Previous Proposals

The NFL has turned down several proposals to institute ‌foul ‌reviews ‍in the past.⁣ Following a controversial ⁤missed pass interference call in the 2019 NFC ​Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints, owners voted to allow coaches to‌ challenge pass ⁢interference ⁢calls and non-calls on‍ a one-season trial basis during the 2019 season. However, the NFL ‍showed reluctance to overturn calls during these reviews, and the rule did not return for the 2020 season.

Last offseason, the owners voted ‌down a proposal by the Rams to make the ‍roughing the passer calls reviewable. In addition to the ​Colts’ challenge review rule, ⁢the owners will review nine​ other proposals by the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions⁣ and Competition Committee, including ‌a committee proposal to prohibit “hip-drop ⁢tackles.”