From a recent article on the NFL owners’ meetings in New Orleans comes the following blurb:
The NFL will continue to allow a third replay challenge if a team has successfully used its two allotted challenges. The competition committee had proposed eliminating a third challenge. [Competition committee chairman Rich] McKay said the Philadelphia Eagles successfully lobbied to keep the third challenge.
We are sure that to many NFL fans, this blurb seems unremarkable; a rule change was proposed, and one of the 32 NFL teams lobbied to keep the rule as it was.
But to fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, this blurb would be hysterical if it was not so sad. Any Eagles can probably picture the eyeballs of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and General Manager Howie Roseman popping out of their respective skulls when it suddenly looked like this rule was gaining speed.
After all, Eagles coach Andy Reid has developed a well-earned reputation as one of the worst managers of replay challenges in the NFL. One can only imagine the horror that went through the minds of Roseman and Lurie as they contemplated having one two less replay challenges per game.
Needless to say, the Eagles dodged a bullet after Lurie and Roseman no doubt went into overtime pleading with their brethren no to do them in.
Let’s have a look at some other rules changes that would have killed the Philadelphia Eagles.