Jon Gruden thinks NFL should get rid of instant replay

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick, whose Patriots dynasty was propelled by an instant replay reversal in the famous Tuck Rule Game, loves instant replay so much that he proposes making everything reviewable. Unsurprisingly, the coach who lost the Tuck Rule Game doesn’t love replay so much.

In fact, former Raiders coach Jon Gruden, now an ESPN analyst, said in an interview with Men’s Fitness that he believes the NFL should do away with replay reviews completely.

I would eliminate all of it,” Gruden said. “Everything’s disputed now. Was he inbounds? Was it a turnover? It’s taken the juice out of the stadium. There are too many timeouts. Let the people on the field officiate and hold them accountable. Look, there’s going to be some bang-bang plays that have to be officiated. And who’s going to make the decision? The instant replay man in New York City?”

Gruden is right that some “instant” replay delays take way too long, and it can get tedious for the fans in the stadium to have to sit there waiting for the referee and the New York officiating office to make up their minds. But his proposal is never going to happen. The league has shown interest only in expanding the use of instant replay, not in reining it in and certainly not in eliminating it. Instant replay is here to stay.

170 responses to “Jon Gruden thinks NFL should get rid of instant replay

  1. Agreed. The rule book needs to be drastically simplified too. The constant replay stops, splitting of hairs, and endless debating have gotten old.

  2. “The instant replay man in New York City?”

    FFS why not?? It would be far quicker than putting a ref under the hood in potentially horrific weather. They NY official is also unaffected by bias of the game flow, whether he was attached to the original call, and the crowd reactions, all of which influence ref decisions without them knowing it.

    Just don’t let Goodell or anyone else from the front office into the replay room.

  3. Gruden is completely right. I have gotten to the point where I’m not sure I will renew my season tickets just because of the tedium of games these days. The extra point-timeout-kickoff-timeout is the worst and replay decisions, which sometimes last longer because they wait until TV gets back from commercial to announce the decision, are way too long.

  4. If he wanted it so badly then what he should’ve done was be a proponent of making referees a full-time job back in January 2002 when he got hosed (correctly I might add, but hosed nonetheless) The rule my friend and I always use during the inevitable 12m break during game is ‘was that a “Catch/Drop/Fumble” in the backyard’. It needs to be either or….all in and just about everything reviewable or all out…and we know which way that will go because in the end…….THE LONGER THE GAME, THE MORE ADVERTISMENTS CAN BE BROADCAST AND THAT BRINGS MORE $$$ TO THE LEAGUE.

  5. sorry chucky i cant agree with you on this one!

    without replay the Raiders would get screwed even worse than it is now on bad calls.

    no thanks.

  6. Then how will Roger push the buttons to decide who wins? Oh yeah…I forgot….try to frame QBs and tell the world the Ideal Gas laws don’t apply in New England

  7. Eliminating replay would at least resolve the catch/no catch issue. If it looks like a catch on the field it would be called a catch. End of story, move the chains

  8. I agree, get rid of replay.
    Even with replay noone can agree on what is a catch vs. a non-catch.
    Replay was supposed to eliminate controversy, when in fact, it’s actually increased it.

  9. The tuck rule was the biggest mistake in the history of the NFL. If that did not happen would brady or belicheck be who they are would Gruden have ever left Oakland?

  10. “Look, there’s going to be some bang-bang plays that have to be officiated. And who’s going to make the decision? The instant replay man in New York City?”
    _______

    Yes. He’s the one with the best view.

    Things happen way too fast for the officials to get every call right, even if they weren’t mostly incompetent. Everyone in the stadium and at home can see the replay and know if the call was right. Why shouldn’t the officials be able to do it?

  11. My question is….

    ..if tennis and hockey, for example, can use lasers and so on to determine in/out calls, why can’t football? Here in the 21st century, no one can figure out how to put a laser or something similar down the goal line to determine if the ball “broke the plane?” Or down the sidelines? Or over the tops of the goalposts for field goals?

    Really?

  12. As long as the fans at home (measured in the millions, not thousands) can see errors in officiating, instant replay is a necessity.

    Improving replay is a great idea. Eliminating it is idiocy.

  13. I would just stop watching honestly. The refs are bad enough wanna talk about the PI On the packers when Rodgers chucked it out of his end zone the play before 4th and 20 and the announcers pointed out it was a terrible call. The refs are lucky the pack got lucky or people would be talking more about that call.

  14. The officials are as incompetent as they were when instant replay was instituted so the need for instant replay is still there. I’ll give major kudos to an ex-HC who has the guts to say that the league should have properly trained full-time officials rather than the inept moonlighters they’ve always employed.

  15. Instant Replay has reversed a very high number of terrible calls on the field, I do agree that referees need to be held more accountable, if we’ve learned anything this past season, it’s that Instant Replay should probably be expanded not retracted.

  16. Why not just take the refs off the field, hire a Riot Squad to keep the players from fighting, and officiate everything from the booth?

  17. “And who’s going to make the decision? The instant replay man in New York City?”

    For pumpernickel and jelly’s sake, why not?? It would be far quicker than putting a ref under the hood in potentially horrific weather. The NY official is also unaffected by bias of the game flow, whether he was attached to the original call, and the crowd reactions, all of which influence ref decisions without them knowing it.

    Just don’t let Goodell or anyone else from the front office into the replay room.

  18. Just streamline the process if that is the biggest turn offs.

    Have one person watching every game, and determine the outcome of the play faster. Its not that difficult, and something that the NFL couldn’t afford.

  19. Belichick has it right. Keep the amount of challenges the same, but increase the scope. Still has to be indisputable proof to overturn. And with the possibility that more plays can be overturned, offences move quicker.

  20. It might have been ok years ago to get rid of instant replay but I don’t trust the officials anymore. It would be too easy for Goodell to influence the refs to influence the results of the game. It has to stay now just to keep the refs honest.

  21. Why would the NFL give up instant replay, and the frequent “further review”? Those long delays while officials confer with New York means more time for commercials. Money, baby, money!

  22. Wow. Incredibly stupid take. The quality of officiating is at an all-time low. There should be more instant replay not less.

    The idea of eliminating instant replay altogether is incredibly idiotic.

  23. I can’t believe I’m saying this. I agree with Gruden. The flow of the game is gone. We demand part-time officials “get it right ” and if they don’t, we demand replay be expanded. It seems to be an inability to accept the results of the play. On an unrelated note, I wonder if Gruden still calls Peyton Manning “The Sheriff ?”

  24. Keep instant replay — getting the call right is paramount.

    Simplify the rules so that the group reviewing the plays can make the right call in a timely manner without controversy.

  25. The speed of the game and ineptitude of referees is always gonna result in some bad calls. But, with roughly 40% of challenges resulting in overturned calls, I think the small delay is worth getting it right. Maybe if the NFL clarified and/or streamlined the rules(NOBODY knows what a catch is anymore) and hired fulltime refs so they can train them better(like not knowing the batted ball rule), they’d be less blown calls. That might result in less need to challenge.

  26. How about the NFL start investing some money into this problem with a review official at every location who is actually watching the game as it unfolds. The moment a play is in question he would have already been examining it so the on field official will be receiving an quick answer as soon as he grabs the headset.

    Plus the “football move” needs to go. Simplify what a catch is. Two feet and control is good enough for me.

  27. I agree 100% the game is too damn long. Commercial after every touchdown, replay after every turnover, replay after every score, commercial after every kickoff. The game is getting so damn slow. I wouldnt be surprised if they started doing comercials after EVERY DAMN PLAY.

  28. I’m a fan of Gruden’s (for entertainment value, didn’t think he was that great of a coach), but this is pretty stupid. Especially after this particular season where even with replay the refs got a lot wrong.

  29. There is no problem with Instant Replay, but there is a problem with not having Full Time Professional Refs and by all means get rid of Blandino.
    NFL Rules should not be left to multiple different interpretations from game to game.

    Instant Replay is not for Microscopic Biology either. There must be CLEAR, Indisputable, easy for anyone to see, evidence for a call to be overturned.
    A WR foot grazing the very edge of the white line is NOT out of bounds.

  30. Ref’s are wrong too much and way too biased. It’s the only way to keep them honest. really need to start reviewing all the “personal fouls”.

  31. Instant replay helps the honest referee get the call correct and it some what keeps the biased/dishonest ones in check.
    The more things that can be reviewed, the less the biased/dishonest referees can dictate who the winner is.

  32. “… and hold them accountable” is the biggest part of the story, in my opinion.

    Replay is here to stay, like it or not. As such, I agree with BB: make everything reviewable. Let’s get it right. That said, there’s absolutely no reason for a review to necessitate minutes of debate, whether it’s the on field officials or NY. If, upon *one review the call was obviously correct/incorrect, we surely don’t need the drama that occurs from trying incessantly to find every single angle and opinion to consider whilst we all sit and wait.

  33. Everything should be reviewed upstairs & the game only stopped when something is found. That way the coaches don’t stop the game for non reversals. The Flow would be better.

  34. Given the HD technology in place today, I would mandate that any disputed call needs to decided in 60 seconds. At the end of 60 seconds, either reverse the call or it stands.

    That will take out the delay excuse.

  35. I remember watching a Bengals game a few years ago and Chad Johnson made this amazing touchdown catch that had the stadium going absolutely berserk. But wait; replay, and a ten minute conversation about whether the very tip of his toe was out of bounds when he caught it. All that athleticism and excitement wiped out over something that you had to slow down and freeze frame to see.

    We got calls wrong before replay and life went on. Good teams overcame them. Bad teams used them as excuses. Now, we just delay the bad calls by a few minutes for replay.

  36. Instant Replay itself is not the problem. The problem is the NFL uses it as an excuse for another TV Timeout.

    The vast majority of the time watching on your couch you know the result within 10 seconds/one replay. If they had someone in the booth who could just signal down, it’d be a very fast process. But it’s just another scheme to force in another advertisement.

  37. The only way to reasonably eliminate replay review from the game now would be to eliminate it from broadcasts as well. Has Chuckie forgotten that fans seeing blown calls on TV and on jumbotrons was what forced review on the league in the first place?

  38. If the object is to get it right, they need to eliminate the rule that the challenge must happen before the next snap. Perhaps 2-3 plays or a set amount of real world time (1-2 minutes). If the call is reversed, whatever happens afterward is voided and the game is reset to that point.

    It is painful to watch a team hurry to the LoS to run another play when they know they just benefited from a wrong call.

  39. Eliminate instant replay?

    The only way that’s possible is to get rid of all the tv cameras. As long as an event is broadcast on tv, the audience will be able to review all the mistakes that happen.

    If the whole world can review each play and second guess each decision, its absurd to not allow the officials to do the same. Why should these guys be put in the position of having their mistakes become national news, angering fans, and media pundits alike, and not be allowed to fix those mistakes.

    The key with replay is training the officials how to use it properly. Calls should not be overturned unless there is conclusive evidence that the original call was wrong. Many officials do a great job of understanding this….a few need a bit more work.

    If Gruden really wants to improve the fan experience while watching football, I have a fairly simple solution. Resign. Its time to go back to being the mediocre coach that you are. Better to ruin one team’s season, than to ruin every Monday Night broadcast.

  40. The techno-Genie is long since out of the bottle. No turning back now. The best bet is to simplify the rules as much as possible and then use the technology to determine what actually happened as opposed to what someone thought they saw.

  41. And we all wonder why Jon isn’t coaching. Maybe it’s not been his choice. If we have learned one thing about instant replay, it captures the correct call or more importantly doesn’t let a wrong call to exist. Instant replay actually has done wonders for the NFL. Interesting too……..watching replays of challenged calls also has made it more fun for the fans. Maybe Jon wants to eliminate the Yellow First Down line on TV also?

  42. The problem with replay is that you’re breaking things down into something like 1/30th of a second with each frame, and the result is that the tiniest thing in a fraction of a second can negate a big play that should not be negated.

    You see things the human eye can not see in real time, and while sometimes that’s good often its a bad thing because common sense might say “that’s a catch no question”, but that 1 single 1/30th of a second frame where something is off can cause things to be overturned.

  43. I DVR the games and NEVER watch them real time. So I’m OK if they take 4 hours. And I don’t like attending game sin person.
    I like the instant replay, because incorrect calls harm the game. It’s a way to get a better product.
    One way to reduce the number of frivolous challenges is tally the number of incorrect challenges over a season. If they exceed a thresh hold institute some punishment, like a public spanking.

  44. Jon Gruden’s act is wearing a little thin for me. To be honest, it bums me out when my team plays on Monday Nights.

  45. kingpel says:
    Jan 21, 2016 12:28 PM
    How about the NFL start investing some money into this problem with a review official at every location who is actually watching the game as it unfolds. The moment a play is in question he would have already been examining it so the on field official will be receiving an quick answer as soon as he grabs the headset.

    Plus the “football move” needs to go. Simplify what a catch is. Two feet and control is good enough for me.

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    Many calls now that are called incompletions because the football move wasn’t completed, would be called fumbles under the two feet and control rule.

    Belichick stated that he thinks the league philosophy has always been that they would rather have an incomplete pass than a lot of catch-fumbles.

  46. Take the challenges away and have the league hire officials to watch every play much like college and let those officials signal down to the on field officials a play needs to be looked at again. The goal is to get the call correct, to eliminate mistakes. Everyone wants the game to be ruled fairly for both sides,let the best team win not because they got away with some missed calls.

  47. If they are going to keep replays around and if they are now allowing coaches to question calls that involve the ball, then why not let them also question penalty calls as well?

  48. Jon is a wise man but the customer wants equal and fair officiating, though out all games, and when a call is wrong, we want the officials to reverse the mistake or correct it.

  49. Yes, the games are too long and yes, the review things are nonsense.

    But that doesn’t solve the larger problem of the bad officiating on the field.

    I get it – it’s hard. It’s easy for us to see it on TV with a great angle. Refs have to see it at eye level – in real time action. With crowds of large people in piles.

    I’ve ref’d a couple of youth (squirt level) hockey games and even with slow tiny kids, it’s NIGHT and DAY different then watching in the stands. Can’t imagine how hard it is on the field.

    That said, there’s an army of officials and each has a specific job on what to look for.

    IF the quality of officiating on the field was better, I could understand, but until then, replay MUST be here to stay.

  50. “My question is….

    ..if tennis and hockey, for example, can use lasers and so on to determine in/out calls, why can’t football? Here in the 21st century, no one can figure out how to put a laser or something similar down the goal line to determine if the ball “broke the plane?” Or down the sidelines? Or over the tops of the goalposts for field goals?

    Really?”

    If putting camera in pylons is beyond their budget, do you really think they’re going to splurge for all that?

    As long as they’re raking in the dough, they don’t care about the quality of the product.

  51. Some good points here on both sides except for the tuck rule trolls.

    It was the correct call.

    That is all.

  52. ctiggs says:
    Jan 21, 2016 12:13 PM
    The tuck rule was the biggest mistake in the history of the NFL. If that did not happen would brady or belicheck be who they are would Gruden have ever left Oakland?

    Yeah, that one call is responsible for NE being this good for this long.

  53. I don’t know if it’s the replays or what, but I cant get through most games anymore. The home experience feels like it consists of 2 minutes of football, 5 minutes of commercials, and repeat.

    The games feel way too long and the constant breaks really hurt the action.

  54. GOD! am I tired of old Raiders whining about the Tuck call. Of all the miss calls and bad calls and non-calls we’ve had over the years to complain about, THAT call was the RIGHT call.

    If you want to complain it was was a bad rule, OK. But it was a rule nonetheless and it was called correctly…and had been called several time during the year including a call that COST the Pats a game against the Jets earlier that year.

    What made the play infamous was the ignorance of the announcers who didn’t know the rule, and never explained what happened to the audience. Believe me, I’m a Pats fan and at the time I had no clue why they got the ball back. Later, AFTER it was explained, the attitude of most Pats fans was “bad rule, glad it was in there”.

    BTW- If the rule was so bad, why did they keep it in the rule book for around another decade. I don’t hear Ravens fans complain about all the PI’s they in their favor got their Superbowl year because of rules changes that made it smart to throw the ball down deep to covered WR’s because there is good chance a PI will be called.

    The fact is that the Tuck rule was a RULE. The play was called correctly. This is not debatable. The Pats happened to be the beneficiary of a rule that time. It just happens. Every team gets a couple each year.

  55. That would make things worse… The reason everything is disputed is because every play has an instant replay on TV in HD with good camera angles. Eliminating replay reviews would just make fans more angry when they can clearly see that a call was wrong, but refs wouldn’t be able to do anything about it.

    It’s the fans that cause the problems… Look at almost every single comment section about almost every single game this year, and there are comments blaming it on the refs. These refs’ lives would be in danger if replay review was taken away.

  56. whatjusthapped says:
    Jan 21, 2016 12:35 PM
    Given the HD technology in place today, I would mandate that any disputed call needs to decided in 60 seconds. At the end of 60 seconds, either reverse the call or it stands.

    That will take out the delay excuse.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………..

    I like that idea.

    Today’s football is almost like watching two different games. One is in real time at game speed and the other is an extended slow motion from multiple angles with freeze frame with the ability to run the play over and over.

  57. Dead on Guach …

    I’ve been saying that for years. The rules get more complicated every year so they have to review more plays. Not only does it allow them to manipulate the game to keep it interesting, but it also allows for more commercials.

  58. Judging by some of the comments, I’m surprised they were ever able to play football before the advent of instant replay.

  59. Not sure I fully agree with him, but it does slow down the game and it seems The more they expand instant replay the worse the officiating gets on the feel, refs have a fall back.

  60. The problem isn’t replay it’s the complicated rules. So he thinks those skip off the ground and catches wrongly ruled a catch should stand? How big a moron must you be to think you should get rid of replay.

    Make some efforts to simplify the rules.

    Of course Grudy works at ESPN. He’s a fool.

  61. beastsportsnetwork says:
    Jan 21, 2016 12:39 PM

    Eliminate instant replay?

    The only way that’s possible is to get rid of all the tv cameras. As long as an event is broadcast on tv, the audience will be able to review all the mistakes that happen….
    ____________
    That’s the only way it would work … it would definitely cut down the fan’s comments sections on every single game. Good or bad, replay is here to stay.

  62. That’s goes for any professional sport. That’s what makes it a sport that needs officials. Really, officials should only be there to stop team Brazil’s and flagrant fouls. This ticky tax officiating pisses me off! Grudges is right! The two that fuels this dumb ass debate is Chris Collinsworth and Al Michaels! “Uh, oh, looked like the ball may have moved a millimeter going to the ground, that’s going to be turned over” what the hell is a catch? What is passing interference again? Let the players play and call the obvious foul, fumble or drop. Replay is really a replay on the officials call, so why have them at all. Just do the game from the booth and have one official throw a flag when New York tells him too!!! Joke!

  63. Instant replay, in its current form, should be eliminated. From week to week, a ruling in one game will be ruled totally different in another game….

    The only thing IR has done, is create more revenue for the league, as they run two or three more ads in that time space…lol

  64. The delays aren’t helped by the fact that the networks now all leave for commercials, and the ref isn’t permitted to make his announcement until they return.

    For those who have never been to a stadium, there is a guy on the sideline who comes to the edge of the field any time TV goes to commercial, and the referee’s responsibility is to watch him. When that man steps back away from the edge of the sideline, that means TV is back and the ref can proceed with the game.

    In other words… it’s all about the Benjamins. The networks can sell a few extra spots for replay reviews to cover the ridiculous billions they pay the NFL.

  65. Hadn’t occurred to me. Now that it has. I agree.

    We used to argue and dispute onfield calls. Now we argue and dispute replays.

    Lets live with a little error in the game and move on. Ten times the fun and no one pretending anything is perfect.

  66. Nice idea to make the game more fluid again, but the replay will still be played to the fans. Every bad call will be scrutinized. How many plays are there when a receiver makes a catch and it is called OB and the replay shows he got his toes down. That could be a game changing play. No way they can go back to sticking with the refs call and having everyone know that it’s the wrong call. People will just stop watching if it’s not reasonably fair.

    Also, Belichick’s suggestion has nothing to do with his love of replay. He want’s to simplify what has become a complex rule on what can and cannot be challenged. At the same time fixing PI calls/non-calls, which are currently the most game changing bad calls that are made.

  67. pamperpro says:
    Jan 21, 2016 12:17 PM

    I was a fumble

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    I’ll take your word for it, but you shouldn’t put your daddy’s business on the internet.

  68. The core of the problem is that the rules are needlessly complex which leads to more and longer replays and causes general confusion with everybody, including the officials. Fix that and things would improve immediately.

    But the NFL needs to come up with a vision for what replay looks like long-term . Despite what some believe, having everything reviewable will never work–not if you want to keep the game watchable for the average fan. Games are endless now between constant reviews and the obligatory commercial breaks. The quest to triple-check every single call would kill the game.

  69. intrafinesse says:
    Jan 21, 2016 12:44 PM

    I DVR the games and NEVER watch them real time. So I’m OK if they take 4 hours. And I don’t like attending game sin person.
    I like the instant replay, because incorrect calls harm the game. It’s a way to get a better product.
    One way to reduce the number of frivolous challenges is tally the number of incorrect challenges over a season. If they exceed a thresh hold institute some punishment, like a public spanking.

    —————-

    I respect your opinion, but to me the live aspect of it is what makes it great, and if I can go in person it’s even better.

    I like replay, but they need to continue to find ways to speed up the process.

  70. Keep replay and change OT rules. Make OT just field goals. The teams get to kick field goals starting at the 25 yd line, moving out 5 yds each time until someone misses.
    or maybe they should just get penalty kicks.

  71. Something I would rather see changed before Replay is the 30 to 50+ yard pass interference call because the defender touched the receiver with his fingernail…lol

    If the league is not going to change that rule…it certainly needs added to the “ability to challenge” list…

  72. What they need to do is get rid of the cheating, like what Manning did with his shady slide Sunday. Now it’s come out that he told Sanders to be “ready” for it. Nice way to get the defense to freeze so you can rack up the cheap yards. And of course if he had been hit while on the ground that would have been a penalty on the defense, so you win either way!

    Ball deflating, QBs abusing the give-up slide rule… what is the league coming to?

  73. dcmichael88 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 12:11 PM

    Eliminating replay would at least resolve the catch/no catch issue. If it looks like a catch on the field it would be called a catch. End of story, move the chains

    ———

    For me they just need to side with the receiver more. I rarely hear people saying “That wasn’t a catch”. It’s always the other way. Just a slight refereeing adjustment where if it’s controversial it you side with the receiver and we are good.

  74. Nope. The NFL, especially under Goodell, is not trustworthy anymore. Eliminate replay and you absolutely will see refs trying to influence the outcome of games.

  75. Eliminating Replay would require NFL to hire full time, in-shape officials trained to the highest level. Not gonna happen.

  76. thats because the nfl has rules that contradicts other rules, so they can justify any call at any given time, and screw whatever team they want to. As example of the fumble from brady on the charles woodson hit. If anything the meed to get rid of the final two minute league reviews where once again the league can decide when and if they want to review it. No matter what the team who has not challenged a play at all during the course of the game should be allowed to challenge a call in the final two minutes.

    The worse thing is having the networks bring on these retired refs who just try to say the nfl has rules that can contradict any call, but almost 100% of the time agree with the call on the field. (except turnovers which replay confirms)

  77. He’s still mad about the Tuck Rule game. Please.

    And recall, this is the same guy who has said during a game that a clearly incomplete pass should be upheld because of how pretty the catch was.

  78. Keep instant replay and do away with the officials. The officials make so many mistakes that are bailed out by instant replay it would be a disaster to do away with good technology.

  79. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Jan 21, 2016 1:39 PM
    What they need to do is get rid of the cheating, like what Manning did with his shady slide Sunday. Now it’s come out that he told Sanders to be “ready” for it. Nice way to get the defense to freeze so you can rack up the cheap yards. And of course if he had been hit while on the ground that would have been a penalty on the defense, so you win either way!

    Ball deflating, QBs abusing the give-up slide rule… what is the league coming to?
    =
    No one but Ma Nature deflated anything. Prove otherwise.

    Oh that’s right, you can’t and neither can Exponent or Roger or Ted.

    The Manning slide? Cheating? Nope, no flag, no cheating, right? Marino faking a stop the clock spike? Cheating, nope, no flag.

    Both are really really slimey but since they aren’t Brady people love them for it.

  80. No. That’s crazy.

    Here is what you do:

    1. Fire ROger Goodell because he’s destroying the game i love for selfish, greedy reason$.

    2. No more ref union. Dissolve the union.

    3. If the pay is going to say the same, get younger and better refs as FULL TIME REFS.

    None of this all expenses paid, par time gargbage making six figures. It’s an outrage.

    I could to that job BETTER than they do for that money, easily.

    Some of them don’t even know the rules and/or never played the game, so they have trouble quickly diagnosing what is a penalty and what isn’t.

  81. They NY official is also unaffected by bias of the game flow, whether he was attached to the original call, and the crowd reactions, all of which influence ref decisions without them knowing it…..ARE YOU KIDDING !…NY unaffected by bias !
    If you think that…I have a very nice Bridge for sale at a very good price !

  82. hypocrite man to star in new sequel: Grumpiest Old Men. ‘The steelers lost(again), and I’M ANGRY’.

  83. “Let the people on the field officiate and hold them accountable. ”

    But we’ve tried that and we know especially after the last couple seasons that it gets us nowhere. It’s about making the right call.

  84. Instant replay is a joke.

    Unpopular stance, but seriously, this is a game that still uses two poles and a string to PRECISELY mark where the ball was down. And now they’re reviewing that crap too.

    Next season, I expect I’ll be able to play 18 holes on a public course in LA when the football game starts and still be back for the second half.

    And I bet I get lunch in too.

  85. Reviews are getting quicker. They’re still learning the process but it’ll speed up more.

    Most of the longer delays involve crucial decisions. We need the league to get those right. Let Goodell throw in his commercials. Time is of no essence when the game is on the line.

    Fans don’t care how long it takes. There not flinching in their seats hoping to watch Mike and Molly.

    You can bet whenever you see complaints about the length of games, it’s the advertisers and TV networks initiating it.

  86. Replay adds layers of complexity and the game has not evolved with the technology.

    They can’t get it right with the technology.

  87. everything is on TV now. You would need to take down the jumbo trons and hire body guards for the officials.

  88. Gruden needs to go away. I am so sick of hearing the man speak. Makes watching games almost unbearable. Just listening to him contradict himself one play to the next is painful.

  89. Its not the replays its the management and administration of them. NFL has screwed it up. The original point was that the refs should be able to call them immediately as the replays shown to viewers is shown within seconds of the play. The NFL has interfered much like the government, is it this, is it that, does this apply, does that apply? They’ve overextended themselves to the point they’ve made it inept.

  90. p6one6 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 2:22 PM
    Why do you need instant replay? How about last week’s pass that clearly hit the ground and the officials called it complete.

    Did what they could to help KC,

    Catch, run & fumble ruled incomplete, helped KC
    Brady clear TD rules out at the 1, helped KC
    Apparent interception ruled complete, changes field position by 30+ yds, helped KC.

    Predicting at least this many bs calls this weekend. Roger is terrified that NE will be on the winners riser this weekend and in 2 weeks.

  91. Lets hope your wrong and Gruden’s right. Super slo mo DISTORTS what is actually happening. A ball can move slightly in slow motion and the call is incomplete even though the receiver ends up with the ball in his possession. We know what a catch is.

  92. Yep. And motorsports will rely on a guy at the finish line to tell people who won.

    I like Jon, but this is not his best suggestion. Instant replays allows the officiating crew to get it right.

  93. As a guy who sits in the stands I don’t mind replay at all. The stadium screens have fantastic resolution and the reviews are shown for the most part. It passes quickly. The problem delays are the standard TV delays after some kickoffs and some changes of possession. They suck.

  94. Besides the ridiculousness of this statement, we all realize that NFL referees will never be put i. a structure where they will ever be held accountable and therefore trustworthy for games to be left in their hands only, So your statement is double silly your tuck trauma and all…

  95. It’s hard to take anything Gruden says seriously. This is also proof that Gruden never wants to coach again. Some people want to do away with cell phones and computers too. Progress is happening, whether we like it or not. Maybe Jon wants to ride in a horse and buggy across the country instead of taking an airplane.

  96. Instant replay isn’t a foolproof method for getting the call right.

    Instant replay is great for teams to study midweek to improve their play, but it has no place in a game. Everyone likes to blame the refs for their team losing, but the reality is, teams are going to win or lose because they either played better or worse. Sure, there may be a game here or there, but in the grand scheme of things, it will all even out.

    Instant replay won’t improve upon that.

  97. I agree with Gruden. The game can get painfully slow sometimes especially towards the end of a game. The last 5 minutes can be longer than the entire 1st quarter. Some reviews must be replayed like touchdowns but these challenges of ball placement or getting a first down can be painful. Yes those can be critical calls but just leave it to the refs and keep the game going

  98. Love Gruden, but this is a ludicrous proposal. The play that is known for bringing replay back is still the best reason why it should never go away.
    For the 6 of you out there that don’t know what I’m referring to, Google ‘Vinny Testaverde helmet touchdown.’
    That play single-handedly prevented the Seahawks from making the playoffs that year, which in turn cost head coach Dennis Erickson his job and led to Mike Holmgren coaching the Seahawks for the next decade.
    Hmm, maybe Gruden’s onto something here after all.

  99. Wasn’t replay supposed to get rid of all you jock-sniffers whining about your team losing? Seems to have done the opposite.

    Every play now I expect lawyers for both sides to come out and Greta Van Sustren to comment on the merits of each case. I love football, but it’s just a game you idiots. It’s not like the outcome means anything. You act like Poland falls to the Nazis because one ref blew a call on whether another man was stepping on a line or not. Lighten up.

  100. Agree 100%.
    The way the game is now is just way too boring.

    IR should only be used on questionable turnovers & if a receiver was in or out of bounds.
    For TD’s it should only be used if a player has scored or was stopped short of the goal line.

  101. I don’t mine instant replay what I mind is the moment, the nano second, that moment in time that is beyond all measurable comprehension, except to the advertisers, that they know a replay is in order, they flash to 15 commercials all with blaring music and nauseating content.

    Then they come back and give the commentators 1.2 seconds to explain in freeeekin detail what took place.

  102. I can’t agree more. It’s ruining the game. The NFL likes it though because it creates drama and suspense.

    The only people I hear saying the game wasn’t better before replay are the people too young to remember.

  103. Gruden: “Look, there’s going to be some bang-bang plays that have to be officiated. And who’s going to make the decision? The instant replay man in New York City?”
    ___________________

    Uhhh … Yeah.

  104. The tuck rule was payback for the phantom roughing the passer on Stabler on 4th down in 76 div playoff game that sent them to their 1st superbowl…the tuck rule was oaklands price…

    Tyree’s catch was NE’s price forthe tuck rule…things have a way of evening out…

  105. Roger Goodell and ignorant owners and coaches are ruining the NFL. To those of you who say that you want all calls to be correct no matter how long it takes, instant replay doesn’t get all of the calls correct! They are still only 50/50 when it comes to instant replay. We watch games and see these stupid replays over and over and can see exactly what the so-called NY expert see’s, yet they make the opposite call making players, coaches, announcers and fans scratching their heads. It’s great to hear Mike Carey tell us during a game that the replay call should go one way and then hear the actual call go the other. If he’s your game time expert that the announcers in the booth ask for advice, who’s in NY looking at the replays? How can two separate so-called experts make different calls from the same play? Life isn’t perfect, referee’s aren’t perfect and instant replay isn’t perfect. It won’t ever be taken away, but it should be. They wanted it so it would help make the game perfect and speed things up. It’s far from perfect and slows games way down. Why do all sports want things perfect all of the time? I’m not a big Gruden fan, but he’s right on the money with this one! Hey Goodell, there’s probably a way to fine Gruden for his comments. After all, how dare anybody criticize your beloved billion dollar franchise! Goodell sucks!

  106. goodellclownshow says:
    Jan 21, 2016 5:04 PM

    The tuck rule was payback for the phantom roughing the passer on Stabler on 4th down in 76 div playoff game that sent them to their 1st superbowl…the tuck rule was oaklands price…

    Tyree’s catch was NE’s price forthe tuck rule…things have a way of evening out…
    ——————

    The Patriots tuck rule was payback for the Jets tuck rule that went against the Patriots earlier in that season.

    The Raiders are on their own.

    The Giants got lucky.

  107. Gruden is WRONG….. Much rather wait 2 extra minutes and get a call right than go by the call on the field. A significant numbet of calls are reversed hwnce the need for the instant replay. I guess if it was up to Gruden tje NF should go back to leather helmets and two-post goals. Go with the times and embrace technology.

  108. Instant replay is to officiating what spell & grammar check is to MS Office… If you take the spell check out of the software , you make the writer responsible for his errors.

    Issue is… its now relied on it too much. Getting the call correct is what matters.

  109. Of course an analyst who sits through these long games would say this. I’d imagine if he was back coaching he’d change his mind as soon as an egregious call went against him again. Replays take way too long but they’re necessary.

  110. The NFL should eliminate all challenges, not instant replay. The point of replay is to get it right all the time or at least as much as possible, so why make it into some game where you get a certain amount of challenges and can get an additional one depending on if you get it right or wrong? Every single play should be reviewable either upstairs in the booth like college football or all decided offsite like in hockey (although hockey did add the one coaches challenge). Heck even the NFL has all plays reviewable upstairs in the booth for overtime. The NHL, NCAFF, and NFL overtimes all work fine with all the replays done upstairs or offsite.

  111. Silly comment. Getting a play right is the point of instant replays. Instant replays are not the problem. The rule book is the problem. Slim it down and simplify, especially catches.
    The game has gotten so fast, most of the refs can’t really see some of the plays anyways…they guess, and leave it up to the replay.
    I am in favor of coaches challenges on penalties (just 3 per game). That would speed up game, as refs would keep their flag in their pocket…

  112. They need to stop adding rules on the fly to help the Patriots – tuck rule. And they need to stop adding rules on the fly to hurt Detroit – Calvin Johnson maintain control to the end of the play.

  113. Do this. Give the official 3 minutes to rule on every contest play. If they can’t see something in 3 minutes, then play stands as called.

    And fire the officiating team that did the call/ pick up the flag/no-call on Dallas against Detroit last year.

  114. I really have not been bothered at games when replays are being used…..In fact, it has been fun looking at the big screen and trying to dissect what in fact the ruling will be…..
    I find it harder to take at home, given they cut to commercials all the time…….

    Generally, I like the Replay Rules and want the Ref and crew to get it right……Tweaking the rules to help the game flow better would be nice…..adding a layer in NY seems okay too as long as it is too get it right and it doesn’t stop game flow……..

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