The 2023 NFL season has been littered with questionable officiating calls, or lack of them, made at critical times in a particular game. Fans of the Los Angeles Rams unfortunately know that story all too well as officiating mistakes played a role in the end of their matchups against the Steelers and Ravens.
Murky or otherwise crappy rules have greatly hindered the product on the field across the league this season. More changes are seemingly on the way as according to NFL on CBS analyst Jonathan Jones, the NFL will consider and discuss amending the controversial touchback rule in the offseason. For anyone needing a refresher on this rule for whatever reason, here is how it’s defined in the NFL rulebook:
“If a ball is fumbled in the field of play, and goes forward into the opponent’s end zone and over the end line or sideline, a touchback is awarded to the defensive team.” via CBS Sports
This isn’t something that happens very often, yet it occurred early in the year in a Week 2 game between the Eagles and Vikings. All-Pro wideout Justin Jefferson became the most notable recent victim of the rule which hurt Minnesota in an eventual six-point loss in Philadelphia.
This Justin Jefferson fumble went over the pylon and was ruled a touchback pic.twitter.com/LonOv2u6Fj— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 15, 2023
I’ve never understood why several fans have considered this one of the worst rules in football. I personally believe the taunting rule should easily have it beat. If these offensive players actually held a death grip on the ball and didn’t fumble, they should have no reason to bitch about this rule. Am I right?
I’m not going to feel much sympathy considering most rule changes in today’s NFL greatly benefit the offense. Sorry offenses, you can deal with one unfair rule while the defense has to play with, well, the remainder of the baddies. Meaning, the touchback rule is definitely being revised or eliminated ahead of next season. Sucks to suck defense, you should’ve known offense always wins!
General rule of thumb: if the play in question helps the offense, it'll remain legal in the NFL— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) December 13, 2023
If it helps the defense or hinders scoring, the league will get rid of it
Anyways Turf Show Ramily, I want to hear from you. What rules would you like to see either revised or eliminated ahead of the 2024 campaign? Additionally, are there other rule changes made in the last few seasons that you wish the NFL had never made?
I’m sure there’s plenty to discuss, so let’s hear them in the comments! Ripping on the officiating is always welcome too. Don’t worry, I promise not to fine any of you for your comments!