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Trio of Competition Committee members take over "Official Review"

In past years, one of our favorite segments during the season came every Wednesday night on NFL Network.  As part of Total Access, former V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira faced the music as to various confusing or controversial calls from the prior weekend’s slate of games.

This year, Pereira is gone.  But the segment will continue, with a trio of influential members of the league’s Competition Committee.
 
“[Falcons president] Rich McKay, [Colts president] Bill Polian or [Titans coach] Jeff Fisher will be on to talk about situations the Competition Committee deals with,” NFL Network spokesman Dennis Johnson told us via e-mail.  “It is designed to serve as an opportunity to better educate fans about the NFL’s complex rules and address relevant officiating issues.”

Last week, McKay handled the segment.  This week, with the Calvin Johnson rule at the top of everyone’s mind, Polian gets the honors.  Next week, Fisher will handle the session, and the trio will thereafter rotate.

But here’s where things could get a little dicey.  What if the Calvin Johnson rule had worked for or against the Colts on Sunday?  Would Polian be able to set aside his partisan interests and discuss the matter with the league’s interests in mind?  If it happens again in a game involving the Falcons or the Titans, will McKay or Fisher, respectively, be able to be objective if it’s their turn to talk about the big calls of the week?

Actually, Polian will be an interesting choice for Wednesday night, if the Calvin Johnson rule is addressed.  The uncodified “second act” exception that was applied in February for the Saints (but not on Sunday for the Lions) put Polian’s Colts behind New Orleans by seven points instead of five.

So it will be interesting to see whether Polian takes the Colts-friendly approach or whether he comments on the matter with a bigger picture in mind. 

And we also wonder whether his segment will be available for viewing on the Internet.

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23 Responses to “Trio of Competition Committee members take over "Official Review"”
  1. Dial-A-Cliche says: Sep 14, 2010 4:21 PM

    Detroit got jobbed and according to the poll shown on MNF, 82% of the country (the other 18% were from Chicago) know it. Why can’t they just admit they screwed up!

  2. jediwrstlr says: Sep 14, 2010 4:27 PM

    eh, your just trying to stir things up Mike……I am really suprise you get air time after the games when you take shots at people this way.

  3. NotForYou says: Sep 14, 2010 4:27 PM

    I don’t recall Polian questioning the call vs the Saints in the Super Bowl.

  4. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Sep 14, 2010 4:31 PM

    So it will be interesting to see whether Polian takes the Colts-friendly approach or whether he comments on the matter with a bigger picture in mind.
    __________________
    Well I do feel that Bill Polian can be objective and not immediately rush to say things that supports how the Colts would want it. I mean, his track record of not having rules changed just because they negatively impact Peyton Manning speaks for itself.
    …..heh

  5. DarkHorse81 says: Sep 14, 2010 4:32 PM

    I just think Bill Polian will have a more public stage to lobby changes to benefit his team, and thus he won’t give a objective point of view

  6. t-mon says: Sep 14, 2010 4:33 PM

    Stupid…..where is Ed Hochuli for this show, he would be able to explain the rules the best.

  7. FinFan68 says: Sep 14, 2010 4:34 PM

    Watch the Moore footage again
    Florio. He caught the ball, lost it when he hit the ground, regained control while still sliding, reached the ball over the goal line while on the ground and still in control and possession of the ball, and then a Colt player kicked the ball out of his hand. That is a score and is in no way comparable to the Johnson catch/no catch. I thought Johnson’s should have been ruled a catch because he lost it getting up rather than coming into contact with the ground but I do see the other side of the argument.

  8. minnesconsin_ad says: Sep 14, 2010 4:35 PM

    i hope manning is flagged for an illegal snap at a crucial point in this week’s game… that should make ol’ Bill an interesting guest…

  9. packerjoeZ says: Sep 14, 2010 4:43 PM

    Geez, Florio, didn’t you get the memo? What’s good for the Colts is good for the NFL. Don’t you remember GM, USA, etc etc?
    You’re losing your edge now that you’re drawing the big $$ and dropping names on network TV.

  10. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Sep 14, 2010 4:48 PM

    t-mon says:
    September 14, 2010 4:33 PM
    Stupid…..where is Ed Hochuli for this show, he would be able to explain the rules the best.
    _____________
    And beat the crap out of anyone who disagreed with him. Ed HGHoculi.

  11. Nosredna says: Sep 14, 2010 4:54 PM

    From CornFlorio: “Would Polian be able to set aside his partisan interests and discuss the matter with the league’s interests in mind? If it happens again in a game involving the Falcons or the Titans, will McKay or Fisher, respectively, be able to be objective if it’s their turn to talk about the big calls of the week?”
    What is truly sad that we all know you cannot do that, you cannot set aside your personal interests and report only football news. Since you are unable to do it, you believe others cannot as well. Such a sad life to lead…….

  12. umrguy42 says: Sep 14, 2010 5:00 PM

    Wouldn’t it be better to have someone NOT in potential danger of being fined for criticizing the officiating? Or do they get a “pass” from the NFL while they’re on the show? I’d hate to have to try and walk that line while still subject to the Rule of Goodell…

  13. WorldChampionBears2009 says: Sep 14, 2010 5:04 PM

    I wonder?
    When do you determine possession? I thought in the case of a complete/incomplete pass you have to make another “football move” in order to determine possession. Wouldn’t, in this case, it be him going to the ground. In that case he lost possession.
    PLUS WHY ISN’T ANYONE CUSSING CJ OUT FOR PROPPING HIMSELF UP WITH THE BALL
    Plus, if he used it to prop himself off wouldn’t he have used it to balance himself. Therefore putting pressure on the ball and using it to stand. Not flipping it off the ground.
    You all should feel ashamed of yourselves for defending the Lions and their effort for their third win in 3 years.

  14. TheSleepness says: Sep 14, 2010 5:05 PM

    what calvin johnson rule he let go of the ball…there will be no rule change and there shouldn’t be.

  15. Wonderlicker says: Sep 14, 2010 5:11 PM

    How is it that the same teams are represented year after year on the Competition Committee? Shouldn’t that be rotated through the league?

  16. press1forenglish says: Sep 14, 2010 5:34 PM

    If Calvin had just tucked it in instead of preparing for his celebration dance there would be no discussion.

  17. SmurfJuice says: Sep 14, 2010 5:44 PM

    Polian, McKay, and Fisher are long-tenured members of the NFL world. Polian built an almost-dynasty with the Bills, then took the expansion Panthers to the NFC Championship in their second year, and has led the Colts to double-digit wins for years. McKay took a cellar dweller Bucs team that sucked for 20 years, built them for a Super Bowl, and is now doing that in Atlanta (and Tampa declined after he left). Fisher’s been coaching the Titans since Houston.
    These guys know the NFL. But apparently they still don’t know what a catch is..

  18. Kirmie says: Sep 14, 2010 5:48 PM

    # press1forenglish says: September 14, 2010 5:34 PM
    If Calvin had just tucked it in instead of preparing for his celebration dance there would be no discussion.
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    If the rule wasn’t stupid and poorly worded there would be no discussion.

  19. bigO says: Sep 14, 2010 6:35 PM

    I hope NFLN shows a clip of a WR catching a TD and immediately spiking the ball with a timer as to how long he actually controls the ball for before spiking it. Then they show Megatrons catch, with a timer showing how long he controlled the ball for before losing it while GETTING UP (a 2nd move). Guarantee you you’ll find Megatrons to be twice as long.

  20. TampaPatsFan says: Sep 14, 2010 7:04 PM

    umrguy has a great point. Will one of these guys be subject to a fine if they state clearly that the referees screwed up? If they aren’t then the NFL network needs to go in a different direction because we fans are looking for honesty, transparency and a little knowledge. I thought Pereira was excellent and I thought he did a good job most of the time. These guys will more than likely try to spin things in the direction which will benefit the league. or even worse, their teams.

  21. top_villain says: Sep 14, 2010 7:05 PM

    # WorldChampionBears2009 says: September 14, 2010 5:04 PM
    I wonder?
    When do you determine possession? I thought in the case of a complete/incomplete pass you have to make another “football move” in order to determine possession. Wouldn’t, in this case, it be him going to the ground. In that case he lost possession.
    PLUS WHY ISN’T ANYONE CUSSING CJ OUT FOR PROPPING HIMSELF UP WITH THE BALL
    Plus, if he used it to prop himself off wouldn’t he have used it to balance himself. Therefore putting pressure on the ball and using it to stand. Not flipping it off the ground.
    You all should feel ashamed of yourselves for defending the Lions and their effort for their third win in 3 years.
    ____________
    The Bears were world champions in 2009?!
    The Bears should be ashamed of themselves for talking like that was a legitimate win.
    I can’t wait for December 5th. But first, the Eagles.

  22. FireFlorio says: Sep 14, 2010 8:14 PM

    re: Dial-A-Cliche says:
    September 14, 2010 4:21 PM
    Detroit got jobbed and according to the poll shown on MNF, 82% of the country (the other 18% were from Chicago) know it. Why can’t they just admit they screwed up!
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    Get your facts straight dude. Detroit didn’t get screwed. Any well informed football fan knew the minute he hit the ball to the ground and it came loose that it was incomplete. 82% of the country did not say he got screwed…..82% of the country said the rule is ridiculous.
    The Officials got it right by the word of the rule. Just like the tuck rule in New England. Calvin Johnson was an idiot for being so aloof with the ball on such an important play. If they didn’t have a rule like that, it would be far too subjective. You can hate the rule all you want, maybe then will change it somehow, someday. But as for now, point the blame at the WR that could have easily of cradled the ball and rolled on his back instead of one handing it and breaking his fall with it.

  23. fastfred21 says: Sep 14, 2010 8:43 PM

    thats bullshit–the rule states that the player must maintain control after his body touches the ground, his feet came down and then a knee and he was sitting on his ref when the ball came out–he could have cradled the frickin ball but there was no movement in any way throughout the process and you assholes say it wasn’t a catch? Your as lame as the ref being interviewed trying to justify his stupidity, I guess thats how chicago fans show their gratitude for being given one!

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