If the Lions are consistently good at anything, it's unwittingly exposing loopholes in the rule book.

First, there was the Calvin Johnson complete-the-process rule. Now, it's the Jim Schwartz challenge rule.

According to an Associated Press report, the NFL Competition Committee will recommend the challenge rule be changed, so that even illegal challenges get reviewed.

Against the Texans on Thanksgiving, Schwartz angrily threw the challenge flag after Texans running back Justin Forsett was tackled, got up and was allowed to complete an 81-yard touchdown run.

Because scoring plays are automatically reviewed, Schwartz's challenge was illegal and thus, under the current rule, the replay was nullified. The Competition Committee will recommend that the coach be penalized, but the review still be conducted.

"The bottom line is that we will get resolution on that play where we will get it right, where the play on the field is correctly administered," NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson told the AP.

The situation came up again in Week 17 when Packers coach Mike McCarthy challenged a scoring play against the Vikings. The officials, in that case, ignored the challenge flag.

So, once again, it took the Lions to get something wrong for the league to make something right.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130221/SPORTS0101/302210431#ixzz2LYW5rYl2