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NFL blames failure to review Sproles TD on “miscommunication”

Darren Sproles, Craig Steltz AP

Saints running back Darren Sproles was awarded a touchdown on Sunday against the Bears even though he appeared to step out of bounds. Now the NFL is admitting that the play should have been reviewed, blaming the problem on a “miscommunication.”

An NFL spokesman told ESPNChicago.com that “there was a miscommunication between the replay booth — which should have called for a review — and the field” and that the score “should have been reviewed.”

It’s not clear from that explanation exactly what caused the miscommunication, but former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira offered some thoughts Tuesday on ESPN 1000 about what went wrong on the bad call.

“I sat there and looked at that like everybody else like ‘What the heck happened here?'” Pereira said. “Now you look at that and really even after the game I thought there has to be more than this, than just the replay assistant saying that he confirmed that Sproles wasn’t out of bounds. As it turns out I’m not sure if it was a technology breakdown or just a communications breakdown. . . . The referee looked at his pager and it said, ‘confirmed’ apparently instead of ‘review.’ So somewhere in this process of paging, there was a breakdown, and you’d at least like to hope that it was technology as opposed to the human element of choosing not to review that because it was not a touchdown.”

Look, everyone makes mistakes, but the bottom line is that the NFL shouldn’t have changed the replay rule unless it was absolutely certain it had a procedure in place that would prevent such miscommunications from happening. Coaches no longer have the right to challenge any scoring play because those plays are supposedly being reviewed. But this play wasn’t reviewed properly, and Bears coach Lovie Smith didn’t have the opportunity to do anything about it. This miscommunication was a major mistake.

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  1. seanmmartin says: Sep 21, 2011 10:21 AM

    There’s an ESPN 1000?

  2. seanmmartin says: Sep 21, 2011 10:22 AM

    Saints would have scored anyway, stop.

  3. congratsyouareanidiot says: Sep 21, 2011 10:25 AM

    Regardless of whether the coach can challenge or not, if I’m Lovie Smith, I’m LAUNCHING that challenge flag. If they end up penalizing the Bears for the flag, so what? The kickoff’s probability of getting returned is like 5% anyway.

  4. boisestatewhodat says: Sep 21, 2011 10:26 AM

    Like it would have mattered anyway? Brees torched the Bears and I’d put my money on the Saints to get the TD. Lets say they don’t though…they still win by 10. Plus, Sproles wasn’t OOB!

  5. seanmmartin says: Sep 21, 2011 10:26 AM

    Is there an ESPN The Ocho too?

  6. congratsyouareanidiot says: Sep 21, 2011 10:26 AM

    @seanmmartin

    ‘There’s an ESPN 1000?’

    Yes. ESPN the Mil

  7. artie555 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:27 AM

    A story like this gets little press but the giants faking an injury on 1 play is a huge headline for days.

    The NFL should be embarassed. Take the challenge flag away from the coaches on any scoring play, and they cant even get it right.

  8. redguy12588 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:28 AM

    The NFL’s incompetence is only exceeded by their arrogance. So what if they’re wrong and look like idiots, we’ll still watch every week.

  9. scra22 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:30 AM

    If overturned the Saints would have had first and goal, and they really would have won regardless, so this particular instance is not something that changed the outcome of the game — but if they don’t get it right, it will one day change the outcome of the game because of failure and that can’t happen.

  10. jedicurt says: Sep 21, 2011 10:32 AM

    something happened similar in the Raiders Bills game. On the Fred Jackson 1yd td run in the 4th quarter, it doesn’t ever look like he crosses the goal line, yet a TD was called… Jackson kept asking the refs if they were going to review it and when they said no, he threw the challenge flag anyways, and we got hit with a 15 yrd penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct… stupid stupid rule.

  11. cakemixa says: Sep 21, 2011 10:32 AM

    It was a make-up call for the non-call when Robert Meachem was tackled by several Bears players way out of bounds, the roughing the passer call on Roman Harper, and the non-called roughing the passer on the Bears against Brees.

    Not to mention they would have won anyway.

  12. kuceramd says: Sep 21, 2011 10:33 AM

    Okay, everyone stop and think of the draft for a second… now who doesn’t believe in karma?

  13. CKL says: Sep 21, 2011 10:34 AM

    It stinks, but it’s almost a makeup call for the horrible RTP they called on Harper.

  14. steelerfan999 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:38 AM

    the fix was in

  15. comeonnowguys says: Sep 21, 2011 10:42 AM

    @boisestatewhodat says:

    “Plus, Sproles wasn’t OOB!”

    Easy there, homer.

  16. bspurloc says: Sep 21, 2011 10:43 AM

    ALL scores are reviewed this year……………..

  17. nflfollower says: Sep 21, 2011 10:45 AM

    congratsyouareanidiot says:
    Sep 21, 2011 10:25 AM
    Regardless of whether the coach can challenge or not, if I’m Lovie Smith, I’m LAUNCHING that challenge flag. If they end up penalizing the Bears for the flag, so what? The kickoff’s probability of getting returned is like 5% anyway

    —————————————–
    He can launch it all he wants, it won’t result in a challenge. It will only result in a penalty. But you do have a point in that it may slow down the game and perhaps allow the guy upstairs to see the error of his ways….

  18. polegojim says: Sep 21, 2011 10:48 AM

    NFL – thank you for missing yet another nausiatingly painful review.

    I’m starting to LONG for the days when plays stood as called ON THE FIELD, good, bad, or ugly. It’s just part of the game.

    The ‘conspiracy theorist’ within me thinks they’ve added all the replays under the guise of ‘getting the call right’…. when in actuality, it simply builds in more time for commercials and sponsorship $$$.

  19. jradeff says: Sep 21, 2011 10:50 AM

    This error cost my fantasy team a win. Overturn the call NFL so I can be 2-0!

  20. bmorehomeofthewire says: Sep 21, 2011 10:51 AM

    The NFL dropped the ball and we will never know why they didn’t review the play…

  21. crabboil says: Sep 21, 2011 10:57 AM

    Dumb rule, but if you make it you must abide by it. Way to go Refs.

    Ps. Saints would have scored anyway.

  22. steelersmichele says: Sep 21, 2011 11:00 AM

    scra22 says: If overturned the Saints would have had first and goal, and they really would have won regardless

    Not necessarily. You never know if the Saints would have fumbled or the pass in the end zone would have been intercepted. Or maybe they go for it on 4th down and don’t make it.

  23. whoisthatteam says: Sep 21, 2011 11:02 AM

    If you look at the play again, the play would’ve stood as called. Not enough evidence to overturn. What needs to be reviewed is the terrible officiating across the board in the nfl.

  24. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 21, 2011 11:03 AM

    HOW CAN THERE BE A FAILURE TO REVIEW WHEN EACH SCORING PLAY IS SET TO BE REVIEWED??

    get your ish together. this instance already proves that the system cant be trusted.

    the coaches get penalized if they throw the flag so their hands are tied.

  25. rockinron2 says: Sep 21, 2011 11:04 AM

    @seanmartin, nothing is guaranteed. It could have been like the Romo fumble in week 1 at the goal line, or the Harrison pick 6 in the super bowl, anything can happen.
    Probably only 1% chance, but that is why they play the games. A big play by the defense could have made a huge momentum swing.

  26. goawayeverybody says: Sep 21, 2011 11:08 AM

    I love how everyone overlooks the fact that Sproles picked up the first down and the ball was going to be placed at the one yard line.

    I wonder if there is anyone out there who believes that the Saints wouldn’t have scored from one yard out. Oh wait, I forgot, there are a lot of paranoid, delusional Bears fans out there who believe that the officials all conspired to deliver the game to the Saints even though they were clearly going to win anyway.

  27. goawayeverybody says: Sep 21, 2011 11:10 AM

    Oh and btw, the refs delivered a completely bogus roughing the passer call against the Saints which actually DID affect the score. It literally added 4 if not 7 points to the Bears scoreline.

    So quit whining, annoying Bears fans. Your team is headed to the basement in the NFC North I doubt they could even beat the incompetent Vikings at this point.

  28. bolt4life says: Sep 21, 2011 11:12 AM

    I hate the Saints (multiple reasons. Mostly because arguing with Charger fans about Brees is like argueing with a mentally challenged bandwagon kid because they forget Brees wasn’t the Brees he is in SD that he is with NO. He fits NO scheme, never fit SD’s) But I’m glad he got that TD. It won me my FF :)

  29. patsfan says: Sep 21, 2011 11:12 AM

    not much of a surprise, really. I buy Perriera’s explanation thast the Review ref probably hit the wrong button, sending confirmed rather than “review”

    human error can (and has) caused the screw up of a coin toss.

  30. nceaglesfan says: Sep 21, 2011 11:15 AM

    Am I the only one who’s going to to question why, with all of the advancements in communication technology, they’re using a PAGER to communicate?? I’m amazed a player did’t post a tweet requesting a review to the officials!!!

  31. skinsrollyou says: Sep 21, 2011 11:16 AM

    These dummies need to remember that they are responsible for more than just a football game, but also for FANTASY SQUADS!!

  32. thridandlong says: Sep 21, 2011 11:19 AM

    For all of you who think even with stepping out of bounds, the next play is a sure TD….watch this.

  33. sj39 says: Sep 21, 2011 11:21 AM

    No, it’s because the Saints are NFL darlings right now, the Bears, not so much.

  34. tdk24 says: Sep 21, 2011 11:24 AM

    This reviewing of all TD’s is the leagues way of insuring that games can and will be “fixed”. This is only the first example.

  35. scra22 says: Sep 21, 2011 11:36 AM

    tdk24 says: Sep 21, 2011 11:24 AM

    This reviewing of all TD’s is the leagues way of insuring that games can and will be “fixed”. This is only the first example.
    ====
    If you really believe that, then stop watching football. You really think the NFL believes it would get away with blatantly and consistently not reviewing TDs to alter the outcome of a game? With the amount of scrutiny it gets from blogs like this one?

  36. scarab21 says: Sep 21, 2011 11:39 AM

    and if they tried to throw the red flag.. then they get flagged for 15 yards.. the NFL is not doing a good job with this.. i dont like how they can review every SCORING play, but not plays that might have scored. or resulted in a score if they reviewed it…
    GODell.. cover your bases. check “non-scoring” plays in the endzone that are close AND the scoring plays..

    what a debacle GODell is becoming.

  37. kalispellmt says: Sep 21, 2011 11:40 AM

    They review all these obvious calls, yet this one slips by.
    Yes, they probably would have scored, but who knows? If they don’t for some reason, this could have been a major turning point in the game.

    @comeonnowguys…the homer comment made almost spit my beer out. Ok, it was coffee.

  38. citizenstrange says: Sep 21, 2011 11:44 AM

    So the home team cheated?

    Bill Belichick just peed himself a little.

  39. stadanko says: Sep 21, 2011 11:45 AM

    I am a Saints homer. Sproles was out of bounds. The play should have been overturned but it wouldn’t have made a difference. The Saints would have had the ball 1st and goal from the one and they had been manhandling the Bears D-line almost as bad as their O-line. It wasn’t a game changing call. You can yell “The fix was in” all you want, but it’s painfully obvious you didn’t actually watch the game.

  40. dasportsninja says: Sep 21, 2011 11:45 AM

    The National Crime Sindicate would like to Thank the NFL for it’s continued support!

  41. geauxjay says: Sep 21, 2011 11:49 AM

    Do the Saints miss Reggie Bush yet like ESPN insisted we would?

  42. snaponrules says: Sep 21, 2011 11:51 AM

    As a bears fan I wasn’t too upset because I thought the saints would have scored on the next play anyhow. The play that did bother me was the Saints time out (offering up some cash) to get a much needed first down.
    It was 4 & 1, saints take a time out and talk to the ref. Next play is first and 10. Even though the play didnt get reviewed and no challenge was issued. Even Joe Buck (the saint biggest homer) was confused on how they got the first down.
    Just another advantage given to the media darlings.

  43. sevensixtwonato says: Sep 21, 2011 11:52 AM

    I didnt have a dog in that fight, but still game changing or not the NFL needs to get their ducks in a row cause I would be pissed if I was a Bears fan….

  44. scarab21 says: Sep 21, 2011 11:54 AM

    @stadenko.. in the given situation, would you rather have the TD scored on you on that play… or have 4 chances to stop a TD from the .0000001 yard line?
    ill take my chances with the 4 plays.

    do you believe fumbles/interceptions/center-qb fumble exchanges exist.. or goal line stops?

  45. artvandelay87 says: Sep 21, 2011 12:02 PM

    Miscommunication? Wow NFL thanks, of course it was a miscommunication, that’s the whole issue! That’s like saying “the cause of the car accident was 2 automobiles colliding.”

  46. deepsouthrunner says: Sep 21, 2011 12:03 PM

    snaponrules says: Sep 21, 2011 11:51 AM

    As a bears fan I wasn’t too upset because I thought the saints would have scored on the next play anyhow. The play that did bother me was the Saints time out (offering up some cash) to get a much needed first down.
    It was 4 & 1, saints take a time out and talk to the ref. Next play is first and 10. Even though the play didnt get reviewed and no challenge was issued. Even Joe Buck (the saint biggest homer) was confused on how they got the first down.
    Just another advantage given to the media darlings.
    =====

    Are you really going to complain about that? That timeout came after your guy Briggs hit Meachem out of bounds and the refs didn’t throw a flag. It was a blatant hit out of bounds, and you SHOULD have been penalized 15 yards, but weren’t, and Sean Payton called the timeout to chew out the refs. And it wouldn’t have been 4th down, it would have been 3rd down.

  47. scra22 says: Sep 21, 2011 12:08 PM

    snaponrules says:
    Sep 21, 2011 11:51 AM
    As a bears fan I wasn’t too upset because I thought the saints would have scored on the next play anyhow. The play that did bother me was the Saints time out (offering up some cash) to get a much needed first down.
    It was 4 & 1, saints take a time out and talk to the ref. Next play is first and 10. Even though the play didnt get reviewed and no challenge was issued. Even Joe Buck (the saint biggest homer) was confused on how they got the first down.
    Just another advantage given to the media darlings.

    —————

    That came after Lance Briggs hit Robert Meachem after he’d already gone out of bounds, and the refs didn’t call a penalty. It should have not only been a first down, but 15 extra yards for a personal foul. How is Joe Buck a Saints homer? I’m pretty sure he’s not from New Orleans nor has he ever had any affiliation with anything Louisiana related.

  48. scra22 says: Sep 21, 2011 12:09 PM

    scarab21 says:
    Sep 21, 2011 11:54 AM
    @stadenko.. in the given situation, would you rather have the TD scored on you on that play… or have 4 chances to stop a TD from the .0000001 yard line?
    ill take my chances with the 4 plays.

    do you believe fumbles/interceptions/center-qb fumble exchanges exist.. or goal line stops?

    ===
    Even if the Saints don’t get any points in that drive, they were up 10 already and it was the 4th quarter. What makes anyone on here believe the Bears would overcome 10 points with less than a quarter left, when they had taken 3 quarters to score 13??

  49. scra22 says: Sep 21, 2011 12:11 PM

    Anyone who believes the Bears were still really in the game at that point, even before the TD was scored, was not watching the game. Yes, miracles happen every day. Maybe the Bears get a pick six then and then all of a sudden the Bears O-line starts block and Jay Cutler leads them down the field for a TD that doesn’t need a bogus roughing the passer penalty to keep it from dying. Maybe just maybe.

  50. boisestatewhodat says: Sep 21, 2011 12:13 PM

    bolt4life…you may hate us but we luuuuuvv y’all. You see we take your players, put them on a real NFL team and whoalla…rings appear! Sproles is next…think he misses SD? Not a chance. Stupor Chokers suck by the way…always hyped, never deliver!

  51. scra22 says: Sep 21, 2011 12:17 PM

    scra22 says:
    Sep 21, 2011 12:08 PM
    snaponrules says:
    Sep 21, 2011 11:51 AM
    It was 4 & 1, saints take a time out and talk to the ref. Next play is first and 10. Even though the play didnt get reviewed and no challenge was issued.
    —————
    That came after Lance Briggs hit Robert Meachem after he’d already gone out of bounds, and the refs didn’t call a penalty. It should have not only been a first down, but 15 extra yards for a personal foul.
    ===
    And also, they didn’t just change it from 4th and 1 to 1st and 10 (and I believe it would have actually been a 3rd down). They came out to the field to measure it. Maybe Fox didn’t show that and just showed Payton yelling, I don’t know because I was in the stadium. They came out to measure. If they gave the Saints a favorable spot, it was to make up for not calling that personal foul, which was what Payton was chewing them out about. The refs overall in this game were terrible, but they were terrible for both teams.

  52. stadanko says: Sep 21, 2011 12:18 PM

    @scarab21 You’re reaching, pal. Which brings me back to my original point. Did you even watch the game? Did you see how the Bears were performing? Even without that touchdown we win by 10. Cutler had plenty of possessions after that to try and score and could barely get rid of the ball.

    The Saints dominated the Bears most of the game. You’re basing this idea of a fix on the thought that in four plays a miracle in the meadowlands style play would occur? Really? That’s why the NFL “gave” Sproles the touchdown? To prevent that? You’re an idiot if you seriously believe that.

    When we win, the NFL fixed the game. When we lose, it’s because we are the same old Aints followed quickly by stale Katrina jokes. That’s the way it’s been for 5 years now. I’m tired of hearing the same haters say the same old things. Come up with something original, at least.

  53. Deb says: Sep 21, 2011 12:22 PM

    Another week, another league statement explaining an officiating blunder. If Goodell can’t make an earnest attempt to fix these problems, let’s find a commissioner who can.

  54. JSpicoli says: Sep 21, 2011 12:28 PM

    The NFL changed this rule for whta reason? What did it add but confusion and the ability to scream “Fix!”.

    SMH 6 months ago when they made this change. It sounded so Big Botherish it is not funny.

    Don’t even worry, we have it allllll taken care of.

  55. pftstory says: Sep 21, 2011 12:29 PM

    Each coach should have unlimited challeges until he is wrong twice.

    That way no matter how many mistakes the zebra team makes, the coach has a chance to fix it. Unless the coach is the one making the mistake of challenging things he shouldn’t. Then he losses the right to challenge for the rest of the game.

    This allows for every mistake a ref makes to be correctible, keeping a team from being victumized by a ref;s bad day, and prevents a coach from challenging everything under the sun.

  56. scarab21 says: Sep 21, 2011 12:33 PM

    ^ when did i call it a fix?.. its a blown call.. doesnt matter when or how or who was winning or had the game dominated. .. i dont care if it was the last second of the game.. it was blown call.. and yes i did watch the game..

    all im saying is that it was a blown call..
    you sir are the idiot. cause you ASSUMED i said it was a fixed call.
    i dont like either team.. and i like sproles..
    im just commenting on the blown call.

    as far as the “saints dominated the game” that has nothing to do with the blown call. “they would have scored on the next play” is the same as saying they would have been stopped 4 times in a row..

    damn dude calm down. it was a blown call thats it.
    doesnt effect me one way or another who won.

    why dont you “reach” into the pill case and take a chill pill.

    but you never know what could happen.. that was my second point.. momentums change.. thats why they have the term “game-changer”

  57. pigskinswag says: Sep 21, 2011 12:35 PM

    He wasn’t out of bounds. It didn’t need to be reviewed. I see the Bears fans now write for PFT. The game is over. You got whipped. You’re playing the defending champions this week. Move on from last week. Even if the TD isn’t scored, the final score would still be 23-13 Saints, meaning the Bears would have still lost. Concentrate on fixing the offensive line and not getting your quarterback killed. Give me thumbs down Bears fans, IDGAF.

  58. pigskinswag says: Sep 21, 2011 12:37 PM

    geauxjay says:
    Sep 21, 2011 11:49 AM
    Do the Saints miss Reggie Bush yet like ESPN insisted we would?
    ___________________________________

    HELL to the N-O we don’t miss him. Darren Sproles is everything Ol’ Deuce Nickel was supposed to be and more. The Dolphins better be glad they got Daniel Thomas or otherwise they’d be super-screwed. I don’t wish Reggie any ill, but I am glad that we moved on from him.

  59. JSpicoli says: Sep 21, 2011 1:12 PM

    Why not allow a coach to challenge a particular type of play, especially a SCORING play?

  60. kevinfromphilly says: Sep 21, 2011 1:14 PM

    They didn’t overturn it because the replay official was reading the Fox Sports headline that Cutler wasn’t a leader during the play.

  61. scarab21 says: Sep 21, 2011 1:20 PM

    sproles was a great pickup for the saints. hes much like bush.. but better.. much better.
    no doubt reggie will win DWTS.

    and im a big USC fan.

  62. stadanko says: Sep 21, 2011 1:27 PM

    The very first thing I said in my very first post is that it was a blown call. If that’s all you were trying to say then why even call me out in the first place? Change your story much?

  63. shamburg says: Sep 21, 2011 1:32 PM

    Its absurd that the coaches cant call for a review.

    Someone above said Lovie should’ve thrown the red flag regardless… But Andy Reid did that in the preseason… he threw a challenge flag for a play that was clearly not a touchdown. The Eagles were penalized, and the play was NOT reviewed! I don’t care if its unsportsmanlike conduct or not, they still should’ve reviewed that play.

  64. comeonnowguys says: Sep 21, 2011 1:43 PM

    @goawayeverybody says: Sep 21, 2011 11:08 AM

    Now hold up one second. There is a big difference between pointing out the inconsistencies of a (dumb) rule and saying “the refs screwed the Bears.”

    The majority of talk I’ve heard from Bears fans has been:

    a) It wouldn’t have ultimately affected the game, as the Saints probably would have scored on the next play and were well on their way to winning.

    b) The game was called pretty poorly for both sides over the course of the entire game (the roughing penalty as example #1, not the non-TD).

    Stop generalizing a legitimate question as sour grapes. Had the situation had been reversed and it was Matt Forte who stepped out of bounds for garbage points in a blowout, would you be so dismissive?

    And this whole “he was going to score anyway” argument is terrible.

    If nothing else, you do it when it “doesn’t matter” so that when it actually happens in legitimate game-affecting plays, you’ve got your sh*t together. Which clearly, the crew did not. If you’re going to make a blanket rule, treat it as a blanket rule.

    Oh, and yes, Sproles was clearly out of bounds. Saints were clearly going to win either way, but come on, I would have hoped even the biggest homer would see his foot was clearly on the line.

  65. koolbreeze7 says: Sep 21, 2011 1:56 PM

    F%#& Da BEARS!!

  66. thetwilightsown says: Sep 21, 2011 2:01 PM

    See Fred Jackson “TD” vs. Oakland last weekend. 15 yard penalty for challenging a very questionable goal line TD because no one in the booth felt it needed to be challenged? The value of that stupid red flag is plummeting like the dollar. Why not show us the definitive video evidence that it was a TD? Couple this with the ZERO holding calls vs. a Bills O line for an entire 4 quarters against one of the best D-Lines in the game and the NFL maintains it’s fishiness, SOP.

  67. mikemcsaint says: Sep 21, 2011 2:07 PM

    @bolt4life says:
    Sep 21, 2011 11:12 AM
    I hate the Saints (multiple reasons. Mostly because arguing with Charger fans about Brees is like argueing with a mentally challenged bandwagon kid because they forget Brees wasn’t the Brees he is in SD that he is with NO. He fits NO scheme, never fit SD’s) But I’m glad he got that TD. It won me my FF

    You are completely wrong. Under Norv Turner’s offense Brees would be just as good as Rivers. What held Brees back when he was in SD was Marty (3 yards and a cloud of dust) Schottenheimer. If Brees would have been allowed to throw, he would have had success. You might be on thatt same bandwagon.

  68. zn0rseman says: Sep 21, 2011 2:10 PM

    People… The system is working EXACTLY as intended.

    The NFL can use officiating to help teams win on a selective basis to help drive up revenue. In this case, they wanted the Saints to win so they helped them win.

    The sad part to me is, that most fans don’t care that the NFL is rigging games. This is especially true for fans of teams getting the breaks. See: Steelers and Saints fans.

    ————–
    boisestatewhodat says: “Sproles wasn’t OOB!”
    ————–

    Thank you for proving my point.

  69. vikesfansteve says: Sep 21, 2011 2:17 PM

    The Saints are famous for getting 1st downs when stopped on 4th & 1. They have a tainted title to show for it.

  70. granadafan says: Sep 21, 2011 2:35 PM

    Those who are claiming that the Saints would have likely scored anyways are completely missing the point about an error in the review process. You would not be so dismissive of this issue if the game was on the line or your precious fantasy team had money riding on the play.

    The system was put in place to make sure the refs got it right. They refs blew the call and the review officials compounded the blown call by failing to even review the play which they were supposed to do in the first place. Someone needs to be disciplined or equipment needs be double and triple checked. With all the technology used in football games these days, this type of blown call is simply inexcusable.

  71. presidentjesus says: Sep 21, 2011 2:38 PM

    This is old news. Only this site is behind the times. Peter King wrote about this at length Monday. No TD no question and I hate the Bears. As Peter King wrote there shouldn’t be a possibility of communication failure. We need a low tech solution like wave a red flag from the booth.

  72. pigskinswag says: Sep 21, 2011 2:40 PM

    Ok, let’s say that Sproles did go out of bounds. That would mean that a Saints touchdown drive was aided by a bad call. The Bears lone touchdown drive was aided by that ridiculous roughing the passer call on Roman Harper for his “continuous contact”. Bad calls on scoring drives were even for both teams. Get over yourselves Bears fans. All this whining over a bad call, yet none of you seem to be outraged over the fact that your offensive line can’t block a mosquito and is on pace to allow 88 sacks this season. Yall are worried about the wrong thing.

  73. babyjebus says: Sep 21, 2011 2:41 PM

    scra22 says: Sep 21, 2011 12:09 PM

    scarab21 says:
    Sep 21, 2011 11:54 AM
    @stadenko.. in the given situation, would you rather have the TD scored on you on that play… or have 4 chances to stop a TD from the .0000001 yard line?
    ill take my chances with the 4 plays.

    do you believe fumbles/interceptions/center-qb fumble exchanges exist.. or goal line stops?

    ===
    Even if the Saints don’t get any points in that drive, they were up 10 already and it was the 4th quarter. What makes anyone on here believe the Bears would overcome 10 points with less than a quarter left, when they had taken 3 quarters to score 13??
    ____________________________________
    scra22, i’m not even sure why the bills came out to play the second half this week

  74. boisestatewhodat says: Sep 21, 2011 2:41 PM

    Of course you’d say that viqueenfansteve…you’re a viqueen fan. How’s 0-2 feel? Oh wait, you guys started that way last season too…nevermind, you already know.

  75. comeonnowguys says: Sep 21, 2011 3:39 PM

    @pigskinswag

    Ok, let’s say that Sproles did go out of bounds. That would mean that a Saints touchdown drive was aided by a bad call. The Bears lone touchdown drive was aided by that ridiculous roughing the passer call on Roman Harper for his “continuous contact”. Bad calls on scoring drives were even for both teams. Get over yourselves Bears fans. All this whining over a bad call, yet none of you seem to be outraged over the fact that your offensive line can’t block a mosquito and is on pace to allow 88 sacks this season. Yall are worried about the wrong thing.

    You are completely missing the point. Are you being this obtuse on purpose?

    I don’t care who’s playing, the NFL made a rule that says all scores must be reviewed, and coaches aren’t allowed to challenge them.

    They lucked out that this bad call was late in a game well in hand by the Saints, and not a go-ahead TD in a divisional game or late-season game with playoff implications. It’s the big picture.

    That’s what most of the complaint about the call has been around, the fact that the NFL made this review mandate, they took it out of the coaches hands, and now the league can’t execute the system properly.

    It’s not just about some random garbage TD in a blowout. It’s about a something that could wind up causing a big problem going forward.

    Get over yourself, bub.

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