If you scroll down to the table in this article, you'll see that coaches' challenges are successful somewhere around 50% of the time. What this basically means is that:
- When an official makes one of his hundreds of calls during a game, he always thinks he is right, and 99% of the time he is right.
- When a coach makes one of his one challenge every couple games, he always thinks he's right, and he's only right 50% of the time.
I think that putting a delay of game penalty at stake for a failed challenge makes the coach's decision to challenge more difficult, and seeing as how the officials are so much better at officiating than the coaches are, I think that's good.
ETA: A challenge could end in one of three ways:
1. The ruling on the field is reversed. New Orleans is not charged a timeout, nor are they penalized.
2. The ruling on the field stands. New Orleans is charged a timeout but not penalized.
3. The ruling on the field is confirmed. New Orleans is charged a timeout and penalized five yards for wasting our time.
This post was edited on 12/4 at 8:44 am