Could another change be coming to the league’s review system? Should a referee, in an office back at Toronto be able to call a penalty in a game played at Mosaic Stadium in Regina?
That’s what the league’s Kevin McDonald floated on the Green Zone when he joined the show to admit the errors made Saturday night after Odell Willis crushed Zach Collaros with an illegal hit. No penalty but a challenge had to be used by Chris Jones. His only challenge of the game.
He was furious. He should have been. He has a quarterback with a history of concussions injured, no penalty called and he has to use his only challenge with 45 minutes still to play in a crucial game for his team.
Something has to change. Either give the teams one challenge per half, or reward them with an extra challenge if they get the first one right, or have Joe Blow in Toronto watching on TSN throw the penalty flag so coaches don’t have to challenge blatant misses like that one.
I’m not a fan of more challenges, nor am I a fan of allowing a video judge to start calling penalties.
But something has to change because what happened to the Riders and Chris Jones Saturday night was a sign the league still doesn’t have it right when it comes to reviews and challenges.