Penalty flag NFL Oct 15, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; A general view of the penalty flag on the field during the first half between the Miami Dolphins and the Carolina Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

NFL fans have had their fair share of issues with how the game has been officiated as of late. Fox’s Dean Blandino believes that this could change if the league decided to implement one XFL rule that he believes has been “successful” for them.

Currently, penalties made by officials are not challengable in the NFL, which is to prevent games from slowing in pace. However, this leads to important moments in games being decided by penalties that are often times questionable at best.

In the XFL, coaches are only given one opportunity per game to challenge a play. However, that includes the ability to challenge anything on any given play, whether that be a spot call on the field or a questionable penalty by officials.

In an interview with Ari Meirov of The 33rd Team, Blandino shared his opinion of this rule working in the XFL, adding that he sees this as a possibility to improve the product in the NFL as well.

“Our experience was really good (in the XFL),” said Blandino of the challenge rule. “It was a great experience for our coaches, for myself, the people who worked in the command center. But it did work. I think the NFL could do it. We have seen teams propose changes like this before to make roughing the passer reviewable. We had pass interference reviewable in 2019, which didn’t work. But I don’t think it was a poor rule change, it was the application. If you can find a consistent standard and stick to that standard, you can open up replays to other areas.”

On paper, this rule from the XFL certainly seems like it could work in the NFL. It would present teams one chance to overturn a referee mistake per game, which is arguably the most aggravating part of watching games for fans at home.

Only time will tell whether this rule does end up going into place in the NFL soon. But Blandino sure seems like this could be coming sooner rather than later.

[Ari Meirov on Twitter/X]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.