Another NFL reporter, Albert Breer, ripped the rule as well:
This will always be the dumbest rule in football.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 15, 2023
Announcer and radio host Grant Paulsen joined the chorus, saying, “You lose possession despite the defense not recovering. AND they get the ball. AND they get 20% of the field marked off. Has never made sense. Insane it’s still a thing.”
Oof, that’s a touchback. (This rule continues to suck.)— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 15, 2023
Look, it’s clearly not a perfect rule, but it’s also a rule with no clear solution. Should an offense be rewarded for losing a fumble out of the endzone? Should the offense get the ball back at the 20-yard line? (And there undoubtedly will be defensive players grousing that offensive players already have enough advantages when it comes to the rules and that this is the most minuscule of concessions.) Regardless, the rule is unlikely to see any significant change in time for the Vikings’ next tilt, a home game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 24. Meaning costly endzone fumbles could play a role in yet another example of Minnesota’s regression to the mean this season. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
There is no dumber rule in football than the goal line fumble touchback nonsense.You lose possession despite the defense not recovering. AND they get the ball. AND they get 20% of the field marked off. Has never made sense. Insane it’s still a thing. — Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 15, 2023