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Owners embrace replay for all scoring plays

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The NFL wisely has opted for getting it right over getting it done quickly.

The Ravens’ official Twitter page points out that the owners have voted to allow automatic replay of all scoring plays, without a challenge from a coach.  This expands the use of booth review beyond the final two minutes of each half and during overtime.

Per Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL has decided to stick with the rule that gives coaches a third challenge if they get their first two right.  The proposal to make scoring plays automatically reviewable included a reduction of the number of coaches’ challenges to two.

It’s a good start, but we think the league needs to ultimately expand the rule to provide automatic review of all turnover plays and all plays involving a potential first down.

Yes, it potentially makes the games longer.  But the game itself has gotten too big to allow reversible human error to potentially impact outcomes.

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46 Responses to “Owners embrace replay for all scoring plays”
  1. jdz3184 says: Mar 22, 2011 1:23 PM

    Best decision in last ten years

  2. bfridley says: Mar 22, 2011 1:24 PM

    “But human error is part of the game!”

    Malarkey! I don’t want to hear that garbage from ANYONE!

  3. descendency says: Mar 22, 2011 1:24 PM

    They should just do what colleges do and review every play. No college game feels any slower than an NFL game.

  4. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Mar 22, 2011 1:25 PM

    Why is the union worried about changing rules that need no changing instead of getting a labour agreement done?

  5. manderson367 says: Mar 22, 2011 1:25 PM

    I truly hope they don’t mean every scoring play, and only questionable scoring plays. We surely don’t need a review of a TD play where the player crosses the goal line untouched and standing up.

  6. raiderluv says: Mar 22, 2011 1:26 PM

    thus making each game 4 hours long!!

  7. Kaz says: Mar 22, 2011 1:27 PM

    I agree with Mike Brown. Flo, you trying to have them stop the game and review the play after every play. Sheesh. The game should be played in it’s natural form. I can live with scoring replays, but the refs should be taken for their word on calls on the field. You want replay to be the new officials?

  8. geeeeemen says: Mar 22, 2011 1:28 PM

    Does this mean they will go to replay monitor after every score just to check it out (annoying), or that if there is a questionable scoring play, the “guy upstairs” will review it automatically and tell them yes td or no td, or will the guy upstairs tell the ref to review it bc it was questionable????????

  9. mcwest1 says: Mar 22, 2011 1:30 PM

    They’re on the right track. Teams are so evenly matched talent-wise, that a bad call or non-call can easily influence the outcome of a game.

    I think the next step is to have full time officials. Then they can devote an entire off season reviewing tape. And they to too should have an off season work out program.

  10. steelergold says: Mar 22, 2011 1:30 PM

    More replays equal more commerical $$$.

  11. gavinmac says: Mar 22, 2011 1:31 PM

    So if a team takes three cracks to try to punch it in from the one yard line, and we could get a booth review after every one?

    And you want a review on every tackle near a first down marker to determine whether it was or was not a first down?

    This is nuts.

  12. wickedfootball says: Mar 22, 2011 1:38 PM

    What games?

  13. mrizzo44 says: Mar 22, 2011 1:39 PM

    @geeeeemen

    The guy upstairs will watch the play, and tell the ref on the field if he needs to review the play because it was questionable. The same thing that currently happens in the final 2 minutes of a half.

    They’re not going to go under the hood and do a replay review for every scoring play.

  14. erikinhell says: Mar 22, 2011 1:40 PM

    This will kill just about every goal line stand.

  15. brock29609 says: Mar 22, 2011 1:40 PM

    Simple solution — go with the college system where every play is reviewed, and we don’t have to wait for a 50+ year old ref to huff and puff his way over to a sideline screen where he tries to stare at pixels while his heart is racing at 200 beats per minute in 100 degree heat. Let the booth guys look at it instantly.

  16. furious76 says: Mar 22, 2011 1:41 PM

    I think the officials should be completely removed from the field and replaced with more cameras. Get a camera on every angle of play possible. Have all the officials in the booth reviewing every play.

    This will help remove the human error element of officiating and remove the officials form danger.

    Hell with todays technology a small sensor in the ball that knows exactly where it was on the field could determine inbounds or out of bounds, as well as goal line very easily.

  17. brock29609 says: Mar 22, 2011 1:43 PM

    “So if a team takes three cracks to try to punch it in from the one yard line, and we could get a booth review after every one?”

    Just because a play is “reviewed” doesn’t mean play is haulted or suspended. They look at it between plays. I college, every play is reviewed and they stop play and take a closer look when there’s a chance something might need a closer look for a possible reversal.

  18. chapnastier says: Mar 22, 2011 1:44 PM

    Reviewing after every turnover, close play or first down is absolutely garbage. The human error factor is what makes sports, sports.

    Last year with the support for the overtime rule and now this garbage? Come on Flo.

  19. brasho says: Mar 22, 2011 1:45 PM

    It’s a good start, but we think the league needs to ultimately expand the rule to provide automatic review of all turnover plays and all plays involving a potential first down.

    ++++++

    The turnover bit, yes… but every first down? No way. Maybe every change of possession play like on 4th downs as well, but reviewing 1st downs would make the games last forever.

  20. FinFan68 says: Mar 22, 2011 1:45 PM

    Great. All scoring plays should have been reviewed long ago…as long as there is a ref in the booth that makes the call instead of telling the on-field ref to spend another 90 seconds of commercial time. Make this automatic instead of time consuming. Give the booth access to all angles and let him/her buzz the field to stop play ONLY when necessary. The first down suggestion is too far. As for the turnovers, keep those to a coach’s challenge…if they waste them early, too bad.

  21. basexc9 says: Mar 22, 2011 1:45 PM

    This should have little effect on my Dolphins games, since we don’t score to begin with.

  22. edgy says: Mar 22, 2011 1:50 PM

    I may be in the minority but I like the way that they review all plays in CFB. Heck, the games aren’t that much longer than before and frankly, the extra commercials that they’ve been squeezing in have added more time than replay.

  23. buckybadger says: Mar 22, 2011 1:53 PM

    This is completely ridiculous and for those of you who think this is too take out human error you have been fooled. This is for more commercial breaks.

    If the NFL wanted to really get serious about taking out the human error of the game they would go to the college system which if far superior. Every play in college is reviewed but not by an official on the field but one up in a booth. This allows for plays to be reviewed without the stopping of action. Why doesn’t the NFL go this? Because it doesn’t cause long commercial breaks.

  24. sameer1138 says: Mar 22, 2011 2:03 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks that permanent goal-line and side-line cameras should be used to determine if the ball crossed the plane and whether or not a player stepped out of bounds? This seems like too logical of a thing not to do. The NFL should install permanent cameras not only looking down the length of the goal/side lines, but they should also have a series of cameras above those lines peering downwards — which would give the best possible angle(s) to see whether or not the ball/foot crossed the line.

    This would eliminate a large number of time-consuming coach’s challenges, and potentially speed up the game.

  25. furious76 says: Mar 22, 2011 2:12 PM

    The more I think about this, the better sensors in the ball sound. It would take at least 8 small sensors, 1 in each tip, and 6 or so around the largest part of the ball. You could accurately track exactly where the ball was.

    Add to that sensors throughout the field that know exactly when the ball is out of bounds, or the player with sensors in the shoes, when the ball is over the first down marker, and when the plane is crossed for a goal.

    I think a sensor based ball location change would improve the game vastly. How many teams have been cheated out of a win due to human error on ball location??

  26. 1bottomline says: Mar 22, 2011 2:15 PM

    It’s good for them to review all scores, but as for turnovers and first downs–that’s what the ‘challenge flag’ is for.

  27. steelersmichele says: Mar 22, 2011 2:16 PM

    Do more commercial breaks mean the 4:15 games will now start at 4:45? Or will the league wait to see how the later games will be affected?

  28. japdouds says: Mar 22, 2011 2:24 PM

    What this means is, instead of celebrating when your team scores on a big play, you can now sit and patiently wait for 2 or 3 minutes while some zebra sticks his head in a booth. After that he will uphold or reverse the call, and by this time you will no longer be interested in cheering. Your nerves will be shot for waiting for the call.

    Stuff like this ruins how fans watch the games.

  29. japdouds says: Mar 22, 2011 2:26 PM

    furious76 says: Mar 22, 2011 2:12 PM

    The more I think about this, the better sensors in the ball sound. It would take at least 8 small sensors, 1 in each tip, and 6 or so around the largest part of the ball. You could accurately track exactly where the ball was.
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    Obviously you don’t understand the concepts of being down by contact. If a player hits down on the field then bounces into the EZ, your little sensors don’t mean diddly. Same if he steps out, has a knee hit first, etc. Sensors are 100% USELESS!

  30. Deb says: Mar 22, 2011 2:30 PM

    Booth review or no review. Booth review checks every play without requiring red hankies or sideline hoods … or slowing down the game. Or with no review, you keep going and live with the human errors. Either way, you eliminate these interminable stops and starts, which too often fail to resolve the errors anyway. The NFL needs to man up and make a decision one way or the other for the integrity of the game.

  31. grandpoopah says: Mar 22, 2011 2:32 PM

    Why do I feel that this has more to do with creating more time for television commercials and less to do with getting the calls right?

  32. arkadyrenko says: Mar 22, 2011 2:42 PM

    I’m ok with reviewing all scoring plays as long as the reviews of obviously valid scores don’t interrupt the flow of the game.

    “It’s a good start, but we think the league needs to ultimately expand the rule to provide automatic review of all turnover plays and all plays involving a potential first down.”

    I disagree with this. There are occasional problems with the current challenge system of reviews, but not so many to warrant automatic reviews of turnovers and first downs.

    Where does it stop? Do we need reviews to tell us where a punt went out of bounds? Or to look for uncalled holding penalties on every play? Let ‘em play.

  33. t1mmy10 says: Mar 22, 2011 2:45 PM

    “It’s a good start, but we think the league needs to ultimately expand the rule to provide automatic review of all turnover plays and all plays involving a potential first down.”

    then why even have coaches challenges? there would only be challenges if a player was down but didn’t get a first down or TD on the play. or if there was a complete play…but wouldnt get a first down or TD on the play.

    and it wouldn’t lengthen the game if they just did like they do in college were the replay booth official (sitting in his nice comfy chair looking at his nice big HD tv and not having to deal with screaming fans) made the calls on all replays.

  34. crackills says: Mar 22, 2011 2:52 PM

    Redzone (the best thing since sliced bread) has just gained a few million new subscribers

  35. daback9 says: Mar 22, 2011 3:00 PM

    Why not play Madden 2K on Sundays and eliminate the need for replay all together.
    Won’t need an NFLPA or a bunch of crusty old owners to muck things up…

  36. smacklayer says: Mar 22, 2011 3:22 PM

    Does anyone know if they review only if the play is signalled a score on the field or if the play is reviewed if it might have been a score even though it was ruled not a score. Example like a goal line stand where the ref ruled down before crossing the plane.

  37. p4ck3r5 says: Mar 22, 2011 3:53 PM

    Dont like it. Leave it up to the coach, if he doesnt challenge his bad.

  38. usher716 says: Mar 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    all scoring plays? so touchdowns, field goals, extra points, drop kicks and safetys

  39. RussianBreadMaker says: Mar 22, 2011 4:15 PM

    Great, more commercials!

  40. dewedge7 says: Mar 22, 2011 4:34 PM

    I have to agree that this just does not make sense. The comments about more commercials is probably the real reason for having more review. I mean I think that the review offical sometimes gets it wrong watching it in slow motion. A detailed review in slow motion can skew the interputation of the play sometimes as much as a real-time call. If the NFL really wanted to get it right….put a transponder in the ball and wire the field…..then we would know where the ball was all the time….no delay for first downs and no incorrect spots. But is that really football……I am sure the technology exits to determine when a ball is fumbled or if it was a complete pass. But that would be real time and not a commercial break.

  41. nwhmpshr says: Mar 22, 2011 6:34 PM

    Let me into these meetings… HELLO NFL! You need to review PASS INTERFERENCE calls!

  42. godsowncrunk says: Mar 22, 2011 9:05 PM

    There must be a few soccer fans in the meetings, since this was the Big Idea being talked about endlessly at the last World Cup. It makes sense there (and it’ll never happen), and it makes sense in The League, as well as with turnovers, so long as the ref’s not going under the hood and it’s being done in the booth.

  43. thefiesty1 says: Mar 22, 2011 9:07 PM

    Ok, just give the ref 30 seconds to look under the hood. It doesn’t take 5-6 minutes to review a play and move on. What is the competition committee trying to do? Sounds like they are trying to drag out the game like boring baseball. Less action will continue to make me lose interest.

  44. commandercornpone says: Mar 22, 2011 9:13 PM

    college ball stops the clock after every 1st down. that’s why neverending replay doesnt seem a burden. that and college OT rules…

    this would be a bs change. if it looks like ab obvious score, guess what… it is. let the opponent challenge, if he has any left.

  45. tremoluxman says: Mar 22, 2011 9:25 PM

    Oh, goody! Now there’s more time for burger, beer, truck, and Woodie Pill commercials.

  46. CKL says: Mar 23, 2011 1:39 AM

    smacklayer says:
    Mar 22, 2011 3:22 PM
    Does anyone know if they review only if the play is signalled a score on the field or if the play is reviewed if it might have been a score even though it was ruled not a score. Example like a goal line stand where the ref ruled down before crossing the plane.

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    I wondered this myself. Trent Green said last night on the NFL channel that it is in fact only for plays that were CALLED a TD…not attempts that were unsuccessful. Those will still have to be challenged by the HC.

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