Why is a coach allowed to call a timeout? He’s not on the field. He’s not a player. He’s an advisor. Only a player on the field should be allowed to call a timeout. And only the team with the ball should be able to call a timeout. Why? Because they have control of when play starts, therefore only they should have control over when a timeout can be used. The defense doesn’t have possession and therefore should be ready to go at anytime, barring injury. Why is this an issue? Two things: “Freezing the kicker” and “TV timeouts”. They are both horrible and should be punted. Yeah, I said it.