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Week Two preseason games taking too long to play

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The repeated delays in the post-whistle decision-making and administration by the replacement officials is creating, not surprisingly, a delay in the completion of the games.

Review of the official online Game Books posted by the NFL for the 15 preseason games played in Week Two of the 2012 preseason generates an average game length of three minutes and 13 seconds.  According to the league office, the average length of a regular-season game in 2011 was three hours, six minutes, and five seconds.

The most glaring nugget is that six of the 15 games consumed at least three hours and 23 minutes, with two games (Dolphins-Panthers and Redskins-Bears) taking three hours and 29 minutes to complete.

In fairness, six games came in under the 2011 regular-season average.  Still, the 15 games played through Sunday night took, on average, seven minutes more than the average regular-season game in 2011.

It’s not enough of a sample to be scientific, but it’s enough to show that the crews working these games need to make their bad decisions more quickly.

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15 Responses to “Week Two preseason games taking too long to play”
  1. daysend564 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:03 AM

    Are there more or less penalties in the preseason than in the regular season?

  2. dccowboy says: Aug 20, 2012 11:07 AM

    Yeah, they should be able to make those goofy calls a lot faster.

  3. karnage81 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:11 AM

    I like the last comment, these calls are getting worst. The league needs to hurry up and fix this before it causes a team to lose a game that matters!!

  4. nortonfest says: Aug 20, 2012 11:13 AM

    RE: “for the 15 preseason games played in Week Two of the 2012 preseason generates an average game length of three minutes and 13 seconds”.

    3 minute games?????

  5. smartanis says: Aug 20, 2012 11:17 AM

    “Review of the official online Game Books posted by the NFL for the 15 preseason games played in Week Two of the 2012 preseason generates an average game length of three minutes and 13 seconds.”

    Do what now?

  6. azfiremagoo says: Aug 20, 2012 11:25 AM

    Should have moved the review process all upstairs. Absolutely retarded to say we will review every turnover and scoring play and then not change the antiquated review process(Old ump jogs over to hood about 75 yards away and squints at a screen). College or NHL style. Let the Ump wear a headset and be told what the correct call is by a tenured ref in the booth. Put the old guys upstairs where they won’t get a broken hip anyway!

  7. wwwfugu says: Aug 20, 2012 11:30 AM

    1+1=2

    Baby steps.
    Let your math education begin.

  8. marvsleezy says: Aug 20, 2012 11:37 AM

    99% of the calls these replacement refs are making are just fine.

    None of the calls so far have actually had a huge affect on the outcome of the game.

    Not a big deal to me.

  9. kdish87 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:41 AM

    It’s those crazy, elaborate Preaseason Halftime shows.

  10. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 20, 2012 12:25 PM

    It’s not enough of a sample to be scientific, but it’s enough to show that the crews working these games need to make their bad decisions more quickly.
    ________

    No it isn’t, but it’s enough to confirm your own bias. Why don’t you compare the average length of the preseason games to the average length of last year’s preseason games? It’s very possible that preseason games take longer than regular season games in general, because there are probably more penalties and other kinds of delays as both players and officials are getting up to speed.

  11. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 20, 2012 12:28 PM

    How often have we heard the TV announcer say “well, it’s preseason for the officials too” when an offical blows a call during a preseason game? I’m not convinced that the replacement officials are that much worse than the regular ones.

  12. oaklegend says: Aug 20, 2012 12:58 PM

    Clearly there’s a learning curve. I give the replacements prospers for taking the time to try to render a good decision. It should only be expected that they wind up taking an extra, what, 2 minutes per quarter? Find something worth complaining about.

  13. ty49er4life says: Aug 20, 2012 2:00 PM

    These refs are a joke last night I saw at least 2 blatant pass interference or illegal contact missed calls plus they are slow and look scared. The NFL needs to do whatever it takes to get the REAL refs back so this game doesn’t turn into a joke

  14. nebster21 says: Aug 20, 2012 2:01 PM

    clearly review every score and every turnover has NOTHING to do with this. And like everyone else has said. A learning curve has nothing to do with it either.

  15. bigguy54 says: Aug 20, 2012 2:09 PM

    New rules, new enforcement spots, and crews that have not worked together, all make up for a little more discussion. The guys are in a tough spot, trying to do the best they can. Cut them some slack, but pressure needs to be put on the NFL and the regular officials to get back on the field. What a cluster it will be if they make a call, that costs a team the play offs. Not that the regular guys have not done it.

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