Originally Posted by SteelSD
I'm not quite sure what you're saying there, Ray. I personally don't think any coach has a right to view a single replay prior to throwing the challenge flag. IMHO, the system (with a few exceptions) is doing what it's supposed to- minimizing bad calls by the refs.
If I had my druthers, no one would be able to run a replay on the jumbotron or in a coaches booth until after the next play is snapped. That way a coach would have to rely on the word of his player(s) involved in the play. But that's only a minor issue for me. Maybe that's what you're saying and, if so, I agree 100%.
I guess we don't agree. The coach is generally not in a good position to see whether a call is bad while coaching from the sideline. If he doesn't get a chance to see a decent replay then how is he supposed to prudently challenge a call? I also agree with Traderumor as to the loophole of a quick snap.
I think the college system is best:
...a replay official in the press box would review all plays on the field and stop the game for review if a call was in question.
But a coach also could request a review by calling timeout. If his challenge overturned the call, the coach would retain the right to challenge later and not lose a timeout. The coach would keep the right to continue challenging as long as he kept winning challenges, said Ty Halpin, the NCAA's associate director for playing rules administration.
"(The challenges) are unlimited," Halpin said. "But (continuing to win them) is probably not going to happen."
If the challenged call is upheld by review, the team would be charged a timeout and the coach couldn't challenge again.
This seems to work efficiently and largely takes the coach out of the replay business, yet he still retains his right so the onus isn't entirely on the boothe.
The NFL handles it one way during the game and another way with 2 mins left and OT. That is nuts too. Pick a system and use it regardless of the time on the clock. Rules should be uniform throughout the game IMO.