You know when there is a penalty on the offense, and they are at or inside their five-yard line? For arguments sake, I’ll say it was a false start penalty. So the NFL head referee gets on the mic and says false start on the offense, half the distance to the goal, repeat first down (or whatever down it may be). Normally, if this penalty occurred anywhere outside of the offense’s five-yard line, this would be a five-yard penalty.
So why is it half the distance to the goal?
“Well duh, they can’t go back five yards, or they will be in the end zone”, many would say. But that is not where I am going with this. Why doesn’t the NFL tell those guys who hold the yard sticks to move five yards forward so that instead of pushing the offense back five yards, they have to go five yards further in order to get the first down?
I mean, is there any reason why this couldn’t be a rule in the NFL when dealing with penalties of all sorts when the offense is at their or inside their own five-yard line?
So all in all, that is my proposed rule change for penalties in the NFL. Do you like it and/or have any opinions? Please feel free to leave a comment below to let us know.