Again, when Eagles fans think of Nickell Robey-Coleman, think of why we love the NFL.
Robey-Coleman helped the NFL initiate not one but two rule changes following that cross-body block that would have made Vince Mcmahon or Triple H proud. The league instituted a rule that allowed teams to challenge pass interference. That one failed thanks, in part, to the rebellion by the game’s officials.
They decided they weren’t going to overturn anything, not even the calls that were worthy of being called pass interference. That led to that other rule change recently.
What did the league do? They realized their mistake. They realized this wasn’t working, and they eliminated that rule a year later. Teams can no longer challenge pass interference, but you have to admit this is what makes the NFL great. They have no problem admitting they botched something and making the appropriate changes.
It’s been a weird couple of months, but we press on. It appears that we’ll have NFL football. That should make you smile, but the next time, as an Eagles fan, you’re home and debating how much Robey-Coelmen will contribute, just remember that he’s evidence of two of the best parts of the game we love.
The NFL is forward-thinking, and every team, Eagles included, is one big signing away from bolstering their roster. Just look at their new slot corner if you need any evidence of either of those statements. His blow on Tommylee Lewis may have gotten him fined $26,739, but it remains one of the most talked-about plays in league history. Depending on what sideline you were on or what team you were cheering for, for better or for worse, it’s also one of the best and worst playoff plays in the history of two franchises.
Whether you agree or not, you have to admit that statement holds some credence.