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Reviews, challenges, and penalties
So, it's time to humour the limey folks.....
The commentary team on the Rams vs Redskins game made a great deal out of the fact that Jeff Fisher should have been penalised for challenging the Steven Jackson "fumble" on the goal line. The rule is that coaches cannot challenge any plays which are automatically reviewable by the officials.
My question is this: what the heck is the point of such a rule? Apart from looking a bit silly for challenging when he doesn't need to, what possible harm did Fisher cause by throwing the red flag? Is this yet another case of the NFL creating a rule for the sake of it, or is there some underlying common sense reason which I can't see, for making this an offense punishable by penalty?