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Why I Think The N.F.L Should Add Another Flag Into Their Game Plan?

Updated on December 12, 2014

#1 Flag: The Yellow Penalty Flag

Did you know that prior to having the penalty flag added to any football games? The officials were using horns and whistles to signal a penalty. Apparently, the officials adopted the usages of the flag to give the players structor to play the game during the 1948s and as history shows that the first game which was played between the Green Bay Packers and Boston Yonks on September 17th, 1948. In fact, the color of the penalty flag was always white in 1965s, until they changed it to yellow in 1970s and even the college football games had to changed their colors.

Penalty Calls

Unsportmanlike conduct
Neutral zone infraction
Illegal contact
Roughing the passer
Face mask
Illegal formation
Illegal forward pass
Helmet-to-helmet collision
Illegal touching
Roughing the kicker
Blocking below the waist
Sideline Infraction
Illegal use of hands
Roughing the snapper
Chop block
Intentional ground
Illegal substitution
False start
Horse-collar tackle
Illegal toughing of a free kick
Illegal hands to the face
Palpably unfair act
Illegal forward kick
Illegal participation
Personal foul
Delay of game
Illegal shift
Pass interference
Block in the back
Illegal motion
 The Chicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals both teams standing around waiting for the referees. Here at the very bottom of the picture you get to see the refers standing at the sideline discussing a penalty flag
The Chicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals both teams standing around waiting for the referees. Here at the very bottom of the picture you get to see the refers standing at the sideline discussing a penalty flag | Source

#2 Flag: A Red Challenge Flag

The instant replay was established in 1986s to help challenge the plays on the field but gradually it was changed in 1999. Slowly but surely the challenge reviews had to be re-evaluated and changed in 2004, according to football history the three challenges were moved to two challenges. However, another upgrade happen in 2005 season; the coaches were allowed to use the signal challenge call through via an electronic pager and that was only used by the replay assistant. But somehow down the line, the red flag was introduced to the game and the official were given the opportunity to use the challenge flag as indicator. Which gave the coaches more freedom to throw in the red flag and challenge the calls faster and more efficiently. The refers now have about 60 seconds to review the instant replay and decide if the original call stands or will it be reversed due to (incontrovertible visual evidence).Which the league still uses today.

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#3 Flag: A Timeout Flag Could Be A Great Addition To The Game

Hopefully, one day soon the National Football League will create another flag into their game plan. And if they do, please let it be a timeout flag. A timeout flag, would be a great addition to this game. The first reason is for the sake of time and secondly to stop the coaches from running towards the sideline trying to flag down a referee with their hands. And lastly, a colorful flag could be great indication that the coaches are calling for a teams timeout and they can also review it on the instant replay screen. If they like to clarified the time it was thrown. Maybe it will happen or maybe it won't, but we just have to wait and see what the league does.

American Football Conference Teams

Buffalo Bills
Denver Broncos
Pittsburgh Steelers
Houston Texan
Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs
Balitmore Ravens
Indianapolis Colts
New England Patriots
Oakland Raiders
Cincinnati Bengals
Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Jets
San Diego Chargers
Cleveland Browns
Tennessee Titans
The players gathering around the officials by the sideline talking to them about a call on the field
The players gathering around the officials by the sideline talking to them about a call on the field | Source

National Football Conference Teams

Dallas Cowboys
Arizona Cardinals
Chicago Bears
Atlanta Falcons
New York Giants
Saint Louis Rams
Detroit Lions
Carolina Panthers
Philadelphia Eagles
Seattle Seahawks
Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints
Washington Redskins
San Francisco 49ers
Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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