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Officials having rough day in Pittsburgh

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The replacement officials got mostly high marks after their first weekend of work, but no clear-headed assessment of the crew working Sunday’s Jets-Steelers game could be so kind.

In addition to the usual lengthy discussions of every flag thrown that turns watching the game into a grind, the officials have made two very bad errors in the second half. The first came when they flagged Steelers corner Ike Taylor for interfering with Jets receiver Santonio Holmes on a pass (not the one pictured, for which Taylor was correctly flagged earlier in the game) that Holmes bobbled and dropped when hit by Ryan Clark. If Taylor was guilty of anything, it was illegal contact and that’s a stretch given the fact that Taylor didn’t appear to hinder Holmes more than five yards past the line of scrimmage.

When the flag was first thrown it seemed that it might have been on Clark, but his hit on Holmes was legal and, as mentioned, wasn’t the one flagged anyway. Had things stopped there, it would be something you could just chalk up alongside all the other iffy penalty calls over the years.

You can’t be so kind about their ruling on a replay review a short time later. Steelers running back Isaac Redman was ruled down on a tackle by safety Yeremiah Bell, but it looked as if Bell might have wrested the ball free before Redman was down. Rex Ryan challenged the call and CBS showed several replays during the wait for the ruling that showed Redman’s knee was actually down in the backfield well ahead of the tackle. That’s part of the play being under review and the Steelers should have kept the ball with a short loss. The officials ruled that the original call stood, however, and the Steelers seemed to ice the game with a Redman touchdown a short time later.

The outcome of the game probably won’t change because of either call, but it’s been an ugly afternoon for the men in stripes.

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32 Responses to “Officials having rough day in Pittsburgh”
  1. flabberghoster says: Sep 16, 2012 7:35 PM

    I may be wrong, but I believe the replay officials cannot change that which is not challenged. “Whoa, we missed an altogether different thing, let’s reverse that!” is not allowed.

  2. nyjalleffingday says: Sep 16, 2012 7:37 PM

    I don’t want to complain about the refs as a fan of the losing team, but I have to say the scabs were awful today, and towards both teams. Some of the calls made absolute no sense. Jets defense stunk all game and the offense stunk the whole second half, so it didn’t really matter either way.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 16, 2012 7:39 PM

    Bell clearly had the ball.

    Although it is not like the Jets were going to score twice in 6 minutes.

  4. dontstabmeray says: Sep 16, 2012 7:42 PM

    Officials may be having a rough day, but not nearly as rough as Ravenator’s day. I’ll fed ex you a box of tissues as there is no way I am walking the streets of Baltimore at night to give you them.

  5. cornellsteelers says: Sep 16, 2012 7:42 PM

    The only “nice” thing you can say about the refs in this game is that both teams got screwed equally.

  6. Josh Alper says: Sep 16, 2012 7:42 PM

    The review of the play is whether or not his knee was down which includes the knee being down before the possible fumble.

  7. perry82581 says: Sep 16, 2012 7:48 PM

    As a fan, the slow pace of making decisions is what is tough to take. It takes way too long to get things moving again. They really hurt the rhythm of the game. I am sure they are told to get the enforcement stuff right, but there is a fine line there. Get the game moving!

  8. steelmeats says: Sep 16, 2012 7:48 PM

    Learn the rules donks! CBS crew explained it correctly to the TV audience. Entire play is to be reviewed when challenged, not just the part the challenging coach asks to be reviewed. Refs botched it either way. Outcome would have been the same. Not enough time for the jets offense that showed up today to score twice

  9. dapros says: Sep 16, 2012 7:49 PM

    The NFL used to be entertaining. The officials were occasionally wrong, but most of the time they had the calls correct. We, the audience, had confidence that things were being called correctly, for the most part. The use of the replacement officials has caused a major league product (the NFL) to be regarded as a double A organization. Please. please get the regular officials back on the field. The replacement officials are doing their best, but they are really messing up the product, as well as the outcome of the games. Enough already. Roger , tell the owners that they have to ante up to keep their product valuable. If television drops off because nobody cares any more, they will have lost billions in the value of their teams.

  10. stanklepoot says: Sep 16, 2012 7:52 PM

    flabberghoster says: Sep 16, 2012 7:35 PM

    I may be wrong, but I believe the replay officials cannot change that which is not challenged. “Whoa, we missed an altogether different thing, let’s reverse that!” is not allowed.
    __________________________________
    You are in fact wrong. When a play is reviewed, the entire play is subject to review. Now, most penalties can’t be reevaluated during a review, but everything else can. Teams have paid a price in the past for challenging a play when the review showed something they didn’t expect to turn up.

  11. ravenscrap says: Sep 16, 2012 7:53 PM

    The challenge was whether the ball was pulled free not whether he was down 20 yards back up the field. Are you really that clueless regarding the rules on reviews?

  12. florio4prez says: Sep 16, 2012 7:53 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:Sep 16, 2012 7:39 PM

    Bell clearly had the ball.

    Good grief. Redman’s knee was already down before possible joint possession while they were on the ground.

    I can direct you to an Eye Masters location near you.

  13. wussbasket says: Sep 16, 2012 7:57 PM

    Rex Ryan challenged the fumble, I don’t think you can challenge multiple aspects of a play. He should have challenged that he was down but he challenged the fumble

  14. Josh Alper says: Sep 16, 2012 8:02 PM

    The entire play is subject to review.

  15. manchestermiracle says: Sep 16, 2012 8:05 PM

    I can see missing a play on the field in real time, but how the heck does some doofus manage to screw up in the replay booth? Joe Six-pack sitting on his couch could have made a better call on that knee-down situation. Time to bite the bullet, NFL, and get the real refs back on the field.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 16, 2012 8:05 PM

    florio4prez says: Sep 16, 2012 7:53 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:Sep 16, 2012 7:39 PM

    Bell clearly had the ball.

    Good grief. Redman’s knee was already down before possible joint possession while they were on the ground.

    I can direct you to an Eye Masters location near you.
    —————–

    And you’d be leading me off a cliff. You need to be there yourself, son. That was clear live AND on replay. Jets still would not have done anything, but that’s not the point.

  17. dontstabmeray says: Sep 16, 2012 8:07 PM

    Joe Flacco is subject to review

  18. sportsinhd says: Sep 16, 2012 8:19 PM

    When a play is challenged, the entire play is reviewed, from beginning to end. You throw the flag because you think there’s a fumble, but if the runner is down by contact at any point during the play (as in the case of Redman today) that’s where the ball is spotted.

    Both teams suffered and benefited from the officials, just a bad job by the zebras from top to bottom.

  19. dirtdawg54 says: Sep 16, 2012 8:28 PM

    The officials have blown a large number of calls in a lot of games. Not just this one. And not only that, but even basic calls are taking forever to make. The pace of play is brutal as a result.

    Get the real guys back. Yes, they blow calls too, but not at this rate and they don’t normally take minutes upon minutes to make basic decisions.

  20. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2012 8:29 PM

    They need to let the players play and not worry cuz some gamblers are taking hits from questionable calls.

  21. grogansheroes says: Sep 16, 2012 8:38 PM

    I watched this game and the refs were awful. I also watched the Pats-Cards game and the refs were awful. Three times a flag was thrown, and one official had it on the offense, another on the defense. Three different times!

  22. micahernst says: Sep 16, 2012 8:50 PM

    The officials in the replay booth aren’t replacements either so don’t try to pin it on them.

  23. georgiavol91 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:04 PM

    No one dislikes unions more than me. Their relevance in protecting the worker is long past. BUT I have seen these replacements stink it up two weeks in a row in every single game. It’s time for Roger to straighten this mess out and get Ed “Don’t call me ripped” Hockalee back out there.

  24. jgrange08 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:04 PM

    everyone, when you challenge a play, all aspects of that play are reviewable

  25. whodeytn says: Sep 16, 2012 9:19 PM

    The challenge was whether the ball was pulled free not whether he was down 20 yards back up the field. Are you really that clueless regarding the rules on reviews?
    =====

    Apparently you’re the one that is clueless.

    When a play is reviewed, the entire play is reviewed, not just the one specific part you may be looking for. His knee was down and he should have lost yards, and the review showed it.

    Typical Ravens fan, knows nothing but criticizes others!

  26. Deb says: Sep 16, 2012 9:26 PM

    What bothers me most about these bad calls is knowing the officiating might not have been much better if the regular crew had been in the game. The quality of officiating has been steadily declining for years. I’ve seen refs with decades of experience call rules that don’t exist. Until the league makes the integrity of officiating a priority, we’ll continue to have these issues.

  27. sixlombardisinyourface says: Sep 16, 2012 9:53 PM

    the replacements clearly think they have the NFL rule book mastered after 1 week. They throw flags on the throwing of the flags and take 10 minutes to discuss it. Flag happy officials taking minutes to discuss the call killed the momentum of the drive, absolutely unacceptable for the caliber of the NFL – it’s a joke.

  28. holeinone09 says: Sep 16, 2012 10:25 PM

    The regs got rules/ calls wrong, and probably added a half hour to the game length. I hope the regular refs are back by week 3.

  29. doe22us says: Sep 16, 2012 10:27 PM

    Yeah the real refs have to get back now.

  30. 49ersgiants4life says: Sep 17, 2012 3:52 AM

    First off the refs were horrible week one too and second they sucked again this week for the first time in many years I turned off a football game because it took so long and half the time the game isn’t even going on its just the scabs talking their calls over. I think the old refs need to come back but still be held accountable and be available for interviews after the game

  31. sudz28 says: Sep 17, 2012 7:37 AM

    Even the regular refs blow a call or two per game, but what I found really irritating was how they all had to huddle up for 5 minutes every stinking time a flag was thrown! I’m like come on, whoever threw it clearly thought he saw something, why the get-together? Just say what you saw and let’s move on!

  32. jetstizzi85 says: Sep 17, 2012 12:41 PM

    Blown calls or not (and REAL NFL refs do as well) not 1 call last night would have changed the overall outcomes. Jets got beat and thats it…move on to Miami and lets win there

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