After last week’s inexplicable failure of the replay official in New Orleans to call for a review of Darren Sproles’ touchdown against the Bears, the NFL wisely is beefing up the system of communication from the replay booth to the referee.
Charley Casserly of CBS reports that, in the short term, a backup system based on the presence of an employee with a walkie-talkie on the sidelines, who will get the word from the replay booth and then get word to the referee, in the event that the pager on the ref’s belt doesn’t engage.
Moving forward, a Paul Revere-style system of lights could be used. Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC suggested in last week’s Monday Morning Quarterback that a red light/green light arrangement will be used. Mike Pereira of FOX says that such an approach could be implemented for 2012.