spodog wrote:I doubt it will make the games longer in a way that is obvious to the fans, at least not the fans watching on TV. I'd expect that the broadcast networks will use this review time to play commercials while the replay is under way and the teams are bringing their special teams units onto the field, so it will effectively just be a time where you can go get another beer.
As for the sneak 2 point conversion attempt, this doesn't seem to be an integral part of too many teams' playbooks anyway. I'm trying to recall the last time I even observed one that was disguised as a PAT. Maybe there is one or two per season?
I like the rule change. Since the coaches challenges are limited, and the scoring plays are obviously integral to the game outcome, I think this is fair to both teams. Let the replay official look at every scoring play and get them right. Often times, scoring plays tend to involve officials who are either on the move (long passing TDs), their view is partially obscured by other players (goal line RB plunge) or they just don't have a great view of the goal line plane for whatever reason. So the officials are more prone to screw these up.
It free's the coaches up to think about other stratetic places where it makes since for them to use their challenges.
Agreed. Way too many times in recent years we've seen coaches have to spend a challenge on a pretty clear scoring play, or risk getting stuffed four times from the 1 like the Bears did last season. If you challenge a scoring play, win or lose, there's a very real chance you only have one more challenge left for the rest of the game - as often as these things arise, I'm all for taking it out of the coaches' hands and handling it this way, even if it takes a couple more minutes a game ...