Originally Posted by ethanm
I wouldn't call this exploiting a loophole it's more like violating an unwritten code.
Question, how do you feel about overshifting in baseball?
I'm fine with the overshift in baseball. One team exploits a weakness in the batter, the batter needs to adjust. Here one team found something to allow a shift in offensive formations, the defense didn't adjust to attack the weakness in the formation (blitzing at the ineligible receiver).
I see both sides of the argument of exploiting a loophole vs violating an unwritten code which is why I think it will be banned or clarified in the next competition committee meeting but Harbaugh could've run the same tactic but chose not to. Belichick found something in the rule book and took advantage of something that to my knowledge no other coach before him has done.