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Competition Committee proposes adjustment to the replay function

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As expected, the NFL’s Competition Committee isn’t ready to remove the replay function from the stadiums and to send it to the league office or some other centralized function. As expected, the Competition Committee is ready to allow the referee to get some help while conducting the review.

On Wednesday, the Competition Committee explained that it is recommending to ownership a rule that would allow the referee “to consult with members of officiating dept during replay review.”

This means that someone from outside the venue, such as V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino, would be available to talk to the referee as the referee reviews the various camera angles, to ensure that the referee avoids screwing up the decision by applying an incorrect standard or by misinterpreting the visual evidence.

Currently, rulings on the field can be overturned only if indisputable visual evidence exists to overturn it. Currently, that standard often is applied incorrectly.

The proposal applies only to the replay function. The league office won’t be able to intervene if, for example, the officials are committing an obvious blunder on a non-reviewable call.

That’s the way it should be. But that’s not the way it will be, unless the owners decide to modify the proposal, which the owners have the power to do.

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9 Responses to “Competition Committee proposes adjustment to the replay function”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 19, 2014 3:40 PM

    Just as the standards can be applied incorrectly as we have seen, the person helping the referee could also be making a mistake and we have seen Blandino several times make mistakes in plays that he has broken down for us. You have to have a person that can do that consistently properly and/or some kind of system to make sure that mistakes are caught and prevented as opposed to being created.

  2. profootballsquawk says: Mar 19, 2014 3:44 PM

    longer games, more commercials, more money for Goodell

  3. yooperman says: Mar 19, 2014 3:52 PM

    This would be a get place to sit officials with years of experience, but are too old or slow to keep up with the speed of the game.

  4. artvan15 says: Mar 19, 2014 3:55 PM

    This is terrible. They should do it like the NHL does. Quit screwing around.

  5. ogbobbydeas says: Mar 19, 2014 3:57 PM

    Cant fix the game from a centralized location I guess

  6. paulland81 says: Mar 19, 2014 4:02 PM

    Then they will implement a metric about how often a referee needed to consult with HQ, grade the referee lower and thereby make it less likely the referee would use the help.

  7. nfl4dummies says: Mar 19, 2014 4:14 PM

    “Consult” – “Talk” ? Who ultimately will decide? and if its still the official on the field than whats really the point? To get it right or micro-manage the refs? Will Blandino ever step up and take credit for an incorrect call?

    The NFL is still chasing its own tail.

  8. titansbro says: Mar 19, 2014 4:46 PM

    Agree with previous commentor, the NHL does it right. Follow their example.

  9. bigdaddy44 says: Mar 19, 2014 5:42 PM

    This proposal is like trying to cover a shotgun wound with a band-aid. Centralize the replay system now, get the calls correct and speed up the game.

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