The NFL today continued its effort to improve officiating, approving two measures that will make it easier for the zebras on the field to get the call right.
One of them will make the manufacturers of goal posts happy. The uprights will be extended up by five feet in order to make it easier for officials to judge whether or not a field goal attempt passed inside them. Bill Belichick and the Patriots successfully argued that kickers have more powerful legs than they did when the height of the upright was set years ago and more and more kicks were becoming difficult judgment calls for the officials to make.
The other rule change involves instant replay. It’s called the NaVorro Bowman rule. The 49ers linebacker clearly recovered a fumble in the NFC championship game but since the officials had already said that the Seahawks had recovered, the play could not be reviewed. Now a recovery can be reviewed.
These changes come on top of one yesterday that allows the referee to consult with league officials in New York while in the process of reviewing a replay.