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Bills urge change to replay rule for faster reviews

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Of the proposed rules changes for 2012 that NFL owners will vote on Wednesday, the first on the list is to change replay reviews so that the official in the booth — not the referee on the field — will make the call.

That proposal was requested by the Bills, and Buffalo coach Chan Gailey argued in today’s league meeting that it’s a proposal that will make replay reviews faster.

“We proposed that we take the replay review system and take it upstairs to a replay review official that has quicker and easier access up there,” Gailey said in the rules meeting, as shown on NFL Network. “It should reduce the time.”

For fans, both at home and in the stands, it can be frustrating to be caught up in a game only to have it brought to a screeching halt by a lengthy replay review. Gailey argued that the upstairs official can get it done more quickly, to the point where it can be done during a standard commercial break.

“When they go to commercial it’ll be done,” Gailey said.

Florio examined the proposed rules changes on PFT Live:

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31 Responses to “Bills urge change to replay rule for faster reviews”
  1. lombardihero says: Mar 27, 2012 7:51 PM

    I agree.

  2. nolahxc says: Mar 27, 2012 7:51 PM

    I really like this idea.

  3. chawk12thman says: Mar 27, 2012 7:51 PM

    Great Idea…..with a time limit that the upstairs booth has to be held to or the play stands.

  4. peester15 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:52 PM

    I agree..It takes too damn long, especially on the easier calls.

  5. prosb4hos says: Mar 27, 2012 7:52 PM

    Really hope this passes, not only does it take longer for review on field, it’s also like giving an appeal to the same judge who already ruled on the outcome the 1st time.

  6. wtfru2 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:53 PM

    Makes more sense than the convoluted mess that they currently use.

  7. thebraso says: Mar 27, 2012 7:55 PM

    longer delays mean more commercials which means for $$$$

  8. bucrightoff says: Mar 27, 2012 7:56 PM

    Seems like anything Bills related has been gold this offseason

  9. gosuhgo says: Mar 27, 2012 7:57 PM

    Full time refs full time refs full time refs. Hire. Full. Time. Refs.

  10. downslide33 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:11 PM

    Great Idea…..with a time limit that the upstairs booth has to be held to or the play stands.


    I disagree with setting a time limit. I hate waiting as much as anyone, but Id hate it more if they timed out and didnt get the call correct.

  11. asarabi says: Mar 27, 2012 8:20 PM

    This is such a good idea no way it passes. I’m all for it however I do use the long replay breaks to spend time with my kid, repaint my deck and read short stories.

  12. ballsohardu says: Mar 27, 2012 8:43 PM

    Great idea. Bills making it happen lol

  13. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 27, 2012 8:46 PM

    The arduous and time consuming process of viewing and reviewing film from many different angles will be replaced by a simple coin toss.

  14. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:21 PM

    like someone else said the bills are gold this off season! with all this watch blackmon fall to us at 10!!!

  15. jccallahan says: Mar 27, 2012 9:24 PM

    Couldn”t agree more.

  16. chawk12thman says: Mar 27, 2012 9:29 PM

    I understand your point downslide33. However, without time constraints on the booth review, I don’t feel there would be much continuity gained as the booth refs will take much longer to make sure they “get it right” in fear of overruling the on field Ref.

    I quess I am not sure why not have a time limit when currently it is 90 seconds for video reviews?

  17. gator2006 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:30 PM

    Only will pass if you are allowed to appeal the replay official’s decision to Goodell on-the-spot for another commercial break. 😉

  18. realitypolice says: Mar 27, 2012 9:35 PM

    From Section 9 of the 2011 Official Playing Rules and Casebook of the National Football League:

    “Time Limit: Each review will be a maximum of 60 seconds in length, timed from when the Referee begins his review of the replay at the field-level monitor.”

    So, you see, there is already a rule governing how long a replay review is allowed to take.

    So, in typical byzantine NFL fashion, the league is looking to make a new rule to solve a problem caused by their own refusal to follow a rule they ALREADY HAVE ON THE BOOKS.

    What a Gong Show this league is.

  19. skoobyfl says: Mar 27, 2012 9:47 PM

    With the owners limited time, this makes sense.

  20. louiebills says: Mar 27, 2012 10:11 PM

    like someone else said the bills are gold this off season! with all this watch blackmon fall to us at 10!!!

    Lets hope for the best!! Miracles do happen sometimes!!! GO BILLS!!

  21. thesportsguy52 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:20 PM

    Any primetime game with my Ravens seems to take almost twice as long…Why is that? **Cough, Flacco’s fumbles, cough**

  22. whatevnfl says: Mar 27, 2012 10:26 PM

    Can the ref under the hood actually control the shot, speed it up, slow it down, etc?? I thought the video operator in the replay booth upstairs still controlled all the shots and speed of what the replay assistant is sending down to the ref on the field.

  23. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 27, 2012 10:27 PM

    This should have been done years ago. Gailey’s right

  24. snikerbotloot says: Mar 27, 2012 11:00 PM

    It gets cold in Buffalo. Those delays can mess with your rhythm.

  25. gerard33 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:47 PM

    Bills fans don’t want to sit around in the 14 degree wind waiting for the ref

  26. gadgetdawg says: Mar 28, 2012 1:25 AM

    I agree with the Buffalo proposal. It makes sense to let the the folks upstairs review the plays.

    Personally I’d make NFL vice president of officiating Carl Johnson sit in the war room every night a game is happening and let him review them. Maybe having the big guy looking over the zebra’s shoulder would improve things a bit. I guess the Buffalo proposal would be a decent compromise though.

  27. sasattack says: Mar 28, 2012 1:26 AM

    This is a no brainer. They should do away with bogus challenge flags and adopt college rule. How is it fair that the visiting head coach doesn’t get to see the same replays as the home coach? That’s egregious!

  28. buffalomafia says: Mar 28, 2012 3:00 AM

    Get younger refs that could see a call.

    Plus there is pass interferece on every play!

  29. redskinsrt says: Mar 28, 2012 4:19 AM

    I like it for timing. However.. it allows a swing.. a bias without a face (on field refs have to hear it from the home crowd) which could lead to calls like the NHL and NBA to keep a game/series close. Luckily this is just on replays though.

  30. sudz28 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:04 AM

    Heck, why bother with refs making calls at all then? Why not just have a three person committee upstairs looking at multiple views of the same play every down, and call down whenever they see a penalty? The refs on the field can just keep the game moving and manage the clock, only throwing a flag when they’re signaled from upstairs that a penalty has occurred.

  31. buffalose says: Mar 28, 2012 8:28 AM

    and The Bills continue, to have a stellar off season!

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