Taking a look at the questionable Week Six calls

Every Monday, former NFL official and supervisor of officials Jim Daopoulos, who now serves as the NBC officiating consultant, joins Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network to discuss officiating issues from the prior weekend.

Today is Monday.  Thus, Jim was on the show.

Here’s his take on a penalty on Texans defensive end J.J. Watt that wasn’t called, a penalty on Cowboys running back Felix Jones that was called, and the question of whether baseball (yes, baseball) should embrace replay review like the NFL has done in the wake of a controversial call that apparently happened in one of the playoffs games from the weekend.

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14 responses to “Taking a look at the questionable Week Six calls

  1. The call on Felix Jones was flat out wrong by the officials. There was not two players engaged on a blocker per the rules.
    #1 – Felix Jones wasn’t below the waist.
    #2 – The offensive guard didn’t engage the player. If anything he barely touched him.

    Why can’t the refs (or league) acknowledge when a penalty is blatantly wrong. There have been lots of bad calls even since the regular refs came back. They manage the game better, but bad calls are still a part of the game. Please refs, let the players play at the end and don’t get caught up in the ticky-tack penalties. Don’t make your calls change the outcomes of games unless the penalties are obvious.

  2. Week six questionable calls? When will we get these regular refs back? What we did you say oh lord when are we bringing the replacements back

  3. I think everybody’s realizing the real refs aren’t actually making better calls, just managing the game better.

  4. At least someone is reviewing the bad calls. They’ve been almost as bad as the replacements were and no one is saying a word. I thought these guys have done this before?

  5. The PI call on Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard on Braylon Edwards TD catch was atrocious. When the flag came out I thought it HAD to be offensive PI as Edwards clearly initiated contact, then pushed off before turning for a back-shoulder catch. In the game last night, I couldn’t believe they didn’t call offensive PI on Gates on the Leonhard pick; before the ball arrived, he went over Leonhard’s back, pulled his shoulder back and hit his helmet. Fortunately, Leonhard caught it anyhow. While both players were looking for the ball, I’m certain that if the roles were reversed it would have been an obvious defensive PI call. PI in the NFL is like charge/block foul calls in the NBA – the officials have no idea how to call it so it’s anybody’s guess on every play.

  6. What is everyone talking about. I thought we were all supposed to stop crying and makeing excuses. Oh that’s right ….that was just for the Packers fans that had a legit beef. Take note shut up everyone, don’t try to climb on the wagon now!

  7. The way the JJ Watt “Foul” was enforced is the way all hits on the QB should be enforced. There was no malicious intent, Rodgers was leaning back into him, or trying to duck him, and Watt just got his arm around his neck instead of his shoulders. Again, this is still football, and bang-bang plays still happen, but the use of common sense needs to prevail when making judgement calls like these. What was missed in the Ravens game, was on the Romo incompletion, a Ravens defender punted the ball after the ball skipped off the turf. Intentional or not, thats a penalty, plain and simple. This video just goes to show that no official truely knows how to enforece any rule, and they are open to interpretation.

  8. I am a Packer fan, but the Watt play is a tough call. Based on how everything has been called in the past, that seems like it should have been a flag. However, if a defender comes in at chest height and the QB ducks at the last second, it seems like a recipe for getting hit in the head that is little fault of the defender.

    To me if the QB is ducking, leaning back, or doing something unnatural, the defender should be given some leeway.

  9. judsonjr says:
    Oct 16, 2012 1:53 PM
    I am a Packer fan, but the Watt play is a tough call. Based on how everything has been called in the past, that seems like it should have been a flag. However, if a defender comes in at chest height and the QB ducks at the last second, it seems like a recipe for getting hit in the head that is little fault of the defender.

    To me if the QB is ducking, leaning back, or doing something unnatural, the defender should be given some leeway.
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    I’m ok with the hit right up until he yanked Rodgers helmet off. At that point it becomes a penalty and a fine.

  10. I thought no one was supposed to talk about the refs at all? That’s being a whiny crybaby. Thats what Packers fans have been told for weeks just shut up and quit crying.

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