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John Harbaugh: A better replay system would have changed the outcome of five games last year

John Harbaugh, Ronald Torber AP

Ravens coach John Harbaugh says five teams lost games last season because of blown calls that the officials couldn’t review on instant replay, and it’s time for the NFL to change that.

“There were five games last year that were determined by non-reviewable calls that determined the outcome of the game,” Harbaugh said. “The fans don’t understand that. They don’t want to see that the officials made a mistake that everybody can see, that the fans saw in real time, that the league said, ‘That’s not reviewable. We can’t fix that.’ What do you mean you can’t fix it? We can’t fix it because we decide not to be able to fix it. We can fix it. Just fix it. Make it reviewable.”

For decades, the NFL has allowed instant replay reviews only in certain situations. Harbaugh wants the league to make the vast majority of calls reviewable, with only a handful of judgment calls that can’t be reviewed. The Ravens have put forward a proposal that the owners will vote on this week that would make everything reviewable with the exception of eight types of penalties: holding, pass interference, illegal contact, illegal use of hands, roughing the passer, illegal hits on a defenseless receiver, roughing the kicker and unsportsmanlike conduct.

“The fans have a better view and a better look at the game than the official does. Why aren’t we giving the officials and coaches that same view?” Harbaugh said today. “We have 33 lines of what’s reviewable now. Our proposal makes eight lines of what’s not reviewable, and everybody can understand it, that falls into the category of judgment calls.”

Harbaugh called concerns that additional replays would delay games “a red herring.” He believes that the NFL could easily work it out so that replay reviews are conducted during commercial breaks and the game wouldn’t last any longer. If Harbaugh is right about that — and right that bad calls led to five teams losing their games last year — it’s hard to see what the argument is against expanding instant replay.

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  1. mburkett1980 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:06 AM

    I never understood why people think this would make games last longer. He is only proposing adding to the number of things that are reviewable – he isn’t proposing adding additional challenges to the game.

    Both teams still have the same number of challenges as before.

  2. belbobelbo says: Mar 22, 2016 9:06 AM

    And bring on the NE haters that Harbs is a whiney loser in 3…2….1…..

  3. ricko1112 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:07 AM

    Knowing the rules helps too…

  4. torebear says: Mar 22, 2016 9:09 AM

    Make it happen. The Lions missed the playoffs because of non reviewable calls that happened during the final two minutes of the game.

    Probably other teams have had that happen to them as well.

  5. ricko1112 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:09 AM

    belbobelbo says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:06 AM
    And bring on the NE haters that Harbs is a whiney loser in 3…2….1…..
    _____________________________________
    Hey, if the tissue fits…

  6. thejetssuck2001 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:09 AM

    does this guy ever stop crying about what could have been? man why dont we just wait for john harbaugh to decide what HE wants the outcome to be, so we can finally appease him so he stops crying. and him using those patriots plays that he cried foul about then being burned by the refs and losing a game bc a td was removed was the ultimate karma for this crybaby.

  7. savethebs says: Mar 22, 2016 9:09 AM

    I’m cool with it, but have a reply guy upstairs or in an office back in NY like the NHL does with goal reviews. Takes virtually no time. Officials doing it takes way too much time.

  8. irongoats says: Mar 22, 2016 9:09 AM

    Well he is…

  9. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 22, 2016 9:10 AM

    John Harbaugh sure loves attention. Does he think anyone cares about his whining.

  10. mccourtyisland says: Mar 22, 2016 9:12 AM

    Words of wisdom from Captain Sippycup

  11. rlpftt says: Mar 22, 2016 9:13 AM

    Ravens are such a fluke, fair weather team. Their fans are all wagon jumpers since ’96!

  12. ebr362 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:14 AM

    Still confuses me how a billion dollar biz could not have the best in replay cameras/angles etc.

  13. iamapatsfan says: Mar 22, 2016 9:14 AM

    belbobelbo says:Mar 22, 2016 9:06 AM

    And bring on the NE haters that Harbs is a whiney loser in 3…2….1…..

    —–

    Are you for real? If you are, I pity you. BB has been saying this for the last 5 years. Other coaches are just finally getting on the bandwagon.

    But please, keep fantasizing NE instead of taking an 18 second google search to add some facts to your life lolol

  14. seabrawk12 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:15 AM

    I always liked John Harbaugh. Aside from Pete, he’d be my next choice for a coach.

  15. lscottman3 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:17 AM

    Harbaugh has got to stop following belichick in his ideas
    Obviously it will piss off the rabid ravens fans who just know belichick only wins by cheating

  16. millarddjr says: Mar 22, 2016 9:17 AM

    You’re right – he is a whiny loser, but that doesn’t mean I don’t agree with him on this one

  17. clelek05 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:18 AM

    Be embarrassed Raven fans. Be very embarrassed. This is your coach? What a excuse making clown.

  18. chunkydonkey says: Mar 22, 2016 9:18 AM

    Detroit v Seattle

  19. Dom LaMarca says: Mar 22, 2016 9:19 AM

    Ugh, more incessant whining from this guy.

  20. itsfootballbaby says: Mar 22, 2016 9:20 AM

    He is absolutely correct. There is now reason not to review them.

  21. publikwerks says: Mar 22, 2016 9:23 AM

    Did you mean “Haters of New England” or Haters from New England”

    FYI -Belichick has been arguing for everything to be review-able for some time now, and it makes sense. And as long as you don’t give the coaches more challenges, it wont take longer.

    A challenge spent on a PI call is a challenge not spent on the spotting of a ball or reviewing a catch…….

  22. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 22, 2016 9:24 AM

    and I bet there were at least 5 games that the wrong team won because of calls that were blown AFTER reviewing the replay.

    it’s an imperfect system, always will be.

  23. clipper522 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:24 AM

    Harbs is right.

    He is also right about teams that could have turned Ls into Ws if everything was reviewable.

    The man tells it like it is…

  24. boyso3 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:24 AM

    Belicheck has been saying this same thing for years now. I’m glad to see other coaches getting on board.

  25. skunkb3ar says: Mar 22, 2016 9:25 AM

    Does this guy ever stop whining?

  26. dagator8888 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:28 AM

    This would take away the NFLs ability to affect the outcome of games. They don’t want it.

  27. boyso3 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:28 AM

    lscottman3
    Mar 22, 2016, 9:17 AM EDT
    Harbaugh has got to stop following belichick in his ideas
    Obviously it will piss off the rabid ravens fans who just know belichick only wins by cheating

    And que the bitchy Ravens fans in 3..2..1

  28. burnzy32 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:28 AM

    NOBODY got screwed as bad as the Lions last season, the batted ball in Seattle, the “face mask” when we sacked Aaron Rodgers – game over – then the phantom call and Hail Mary loss.

  29. canedaddy says: Mar 22, 2016 9:31 AM

    Great coach, great man, and 100% right on expanding replay.

    Not surprised that people who support cheaters and liars would hate a man with impeccable integrity.

  30. spammerscrammer says: Mar 22, 2016 9:35 AM

    Hmm. Anyone want to take a shot at guessing the 5 games he is talking about?

  31. pats are better than your team says: Mar 22, 2016 9:36 AM

    Was there a tear running down his face when he said all that?

  32. streetyson says: Mar 22, 2016 9:38 AM

    So, the guy who started the deflategate lie because Brady told him to “read the rulebook” after he falsely accused the Pats of breaking substitution rules, and then lied, whined and slandered until he got the rules simplifed to reduce opportunities for intelligent coaches to outsmart him, wants to improve the game? His apologizing and walking away would be a start!

  33. deathonwings410 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:38 AM

    The replay system failed the Ravens in:

    at Arizona
    vs. Jacksonville

    And then there were numerous failures by the refs and replay system with plenty of other teams.

  34. 6ball says: Mar 22, 2016 9:41 AM

    .
    NFL Logic 101 – The spot of the ball is reviewable. A four game suspension, one million dollar fine and loss of draft choices is not.
    .

  35. steelerfanjo says: Mar 22, 2016 9:42 AM

    Do the Harbaugh brothers ever quit crying and whining? These two losers never shut up about how they are getting screwed by officials. Maybe try and coach instead of begging? I can’t wait for the day these two are done with coaching. They are bad for the game. John… quit employing criminals is an idea? Jim… you act ruined a Super Bowl contending team and soon the Michigan boosters will see you for what you are – complete scumbag.

  36. randomguy9999 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:43 AM

    I don’t see why they would eliminate those penalties… it should really be everything…. just get it right every time

  37. gtrav says: Mar 22, 2016 9:45 AM

    I still like Belichick’s “challenge everything” proposal. It’s such BS that when a call is blatantly wrong, it cannot be reversed because it is deemed “non reviewable.” Infuriating.

  38. mogogo1 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:45 AM

    He’s right that more things should be reviewable. But they’re reaching the limits of how many stoppages for reviews the game can stand. At some point the game gets ruined because of endless delays and the pace being destroyed even if you’re getting more calls correct. There’s a happy midpoint between that happening and no review but I have doubts anybody with the league can find that point.

  39. nhpats says: Mar 22, 2016 9:46 AM

    If the refs didn’t blow the call against the Seahawks the Lions win the game and the Seahawks miss the playoffs entirely.

  40. MossMoon2Packers says: Mar 22, 2016 9:49 AM

    The Lions lost 2 games on bad (non-)calls — vs. the Seahawks (when the Seahawk defender ought to have penalized for batting the ball out of the endzone) and vs. the Packers (when the Lion defender was called for a phantom face-mask penalty on Rodgers, giving the Packers one more play, a Hail Mary pass that won the game).

    If those (non-)calls were reversed, the Lions would have made the playoffs and either the Packers or Seahawks would have been ousted.

  41. thetruthcampaign says: Mar 22, 2016 9:50 AM

    Lions lost 2 of those games to Seattle and GB.

  42. kissmysandwich says: Mar 22, 2016 9:52 AM

    100% accurate and glad to hear someone finally saying something about this. The way the NFL conducts instant replay is absolutely absurd. Why they have the ref run off into a little booth is beyond me. Just have the plays reviewed off-field and have the replay official buzz in the right call, immediately. End of story. Not difficult. Won’t take any extra time.

  43. crazyproduceguy says: Mar 22, 2016 9:55 AM

    I like how he wants to keep pass interference safe.

    His QB’s entire career is precipitated on under-throwing balls to his WRs to garner an PI flag.

    If those calls were made subject to review, the Ravens would start losing games and Harbaugh AND Flacco would be out on the street.

  44. hellboykrackle says: Mar 22, 2016 10:00 AM

    And of the games mentioned by John include the game in which the Browns were flagged for being offsides on the final FG attempt, in which they really weren’t offsides and allowed a second FG attempt, correct?

    Goes both ways John………

  45. j huber says: Mar 22, 2016 10:07 AM

    I guess folks in NE never got the memo. Your teams official nickname has been changed to NE Cheaters, by the fans of 31 other teams. It’s a well deserved reputation that highlights one of your main accomplishments. Again Congratulations in a job well done!!!

  46. willycents says: Mar 22, 2016 10:08 AM

    “He believes that the NFL could easily work it out so that replay reviews are conducted during commercial breaks and the game wouldn’t last any longer.”
    ————————————————-
    And precisely how would the NFL “schedule” replays to coincide with commercial breaks? Sounds like “we need a commercial break, call the refs to blow a call and the to be offended coach to toss the flag.”

  47. horses721 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:09 AM

    BooHoo Harbaugh can’t seem to go a few days without whining about something. He must get the crybaby attitude from the fanbase.
    Baltimore, home of the miracle injury cures! Stay hypocritical Baltimore

  48. footballboozer says: Mar 22, 2016 10:10 AM

    Seems like every day now he’s crying about something else.
    He pathetic just like his looser team!
    Go Steelers!!!

  49. clownsfan says: Mar 22, 2016 10:11 AM

    Harbaugh bros are a couple of whiny ho’s, no?

  50. mmack66 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:12 AM

    steelerfanjo says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:42 AM

    Do the Harbaugh brothers ever quit crying and whining? These two losers never shut up about how they are getting screwed by officials. Maybe try and coach instead of begging? I can’t wait for the day these two are done with coaching. They are bad for the game. John… quit employing criminals is an idea? Jim… you act ruined a Super Bowl contending team and soon the Michigan boosters will see you for what you are – complete scumbag.
    ——————-

    What are you babbling about? Are you still crying because the Steelers got swept by the Ravens last season? And one of those games they got beaten by a team quarterbacked by Ryan Mallet?

    You actually think that Jim Harbaugh ruined the 49ers?

    Lawl.

  51. cheatustobeatus says: Mar 22, 2016 10:14 AM

    I hat patriot fans and their cheating team as well.

  52. broncofanssuck says: Mar 22, 2016 10:15 AM

    Doesn’t matter in some cases. Ref bias will always supersede any system they put in place. Ask Jerricho Cotchery

  53. ( . Y . ) says: Mar 22, 2016 10:17 AM

    clipper522 says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:24 AM

    Harbs is right.

    He is also right about teams that could have turned Ls into Ws if everything was reviewable.

    The man tells it like it is…
    =======================

    Does he really tell it like it is? Or does he tell it like he needs to tell it to serve his own interests? Harbaugh is the kind of guy that will harp on this after a season where his team got hosed on a few calls, but he will completely gloss over it after a season in which his team benefited from the same garbage. That is why Harbaugh isn’t liked by most NFL fans, and why he comes across as constantly whining. Because every time he speaks, it comes across as, “this needs to change because ‘we’ got screwed over”. If something needs to change, it should need to change because it is wrong, not because you were wronged.

  54. getyourownname says: Mar 22, 2016 10:20 AM

    Any Pats fan who has ever watched Brady whine for a flag has zero standing to complain about anyone else whining.

    Zero.

  55. steelerben says: Mar 22, 2016 10:22 AM

    Things that can be done to improve officiating in the NFL:

    1. Full time refs. They can spend the entire offseason drilling on the rule book and watching film to make sure the interpretations are consistent. They can also go through a physical training program that ensures they are able to remain in position on plays and keep up with the action.

    2. Everything can be challenged. The exception here being things like non-calls on holding would not be reviewable. When one portion of the play is challenged, the entire play is reviewed. The challenges from the coaches are not increased but continue to follow the 2+1 format.

    3. All reviews are conducted by a head official who is off site. This official is selected at the beginning of the season by using the grade of the season previous. The one with the fewest mistakes made is put in the booth.

  56. packfanaj12 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:23 AM

    I agree with the guy, why not make sure the call is right. Asking for a fair game is not whining, it’s sportsmanship.

  57. redsoxu571 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:26 AM

    “The fans don’t understand that. They don’t want to see that the officials made a mistake that everybody can see”

    Why the heck are the Harbaughs such arrogant pricks. A comment such as the above clearly shows that he thinks he is FAR smarter than “the fans”. I have news for Harbaugh: the fans ABSOLUTELY are on board with getting calls right.

    What the heck kind of chip does he have on his shoulder? Why did he bring the fans into this. Whine about your totalitarian overlord, not the people who ultimately are the reason you’re paid a salary.

  58. destructicus says: Mar 22, 2016 10:34 AM

    This is very easy information to process without judging the source. Who cares who said it when it makes so much sense?

    I too was really hoping the 5 games in question would be listed in the article.

  59. billh1947 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:38 AM

    Harbaugh makes too much sense,it will never happen. the owners and their lackey the Commish are too stupid to see the brilliance of the change proposed by John. players are out there busting each other up for their teams,their fans and their owners yet those owners wont do all they can to keep injustice out of the game by approving Harbaughs suggestion. its a suggestion that will only make a great game even better and even the rich tightassed owners can see that.

  60. johngaltwho says: Mar 22, 2016 10:40 AM

    MossMoon2Packers says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:49 AM

    If those (non-)calls were reversed, the Lions would have made the playoffs and either the Packers or Seahawks would have been ousted.

    ——————————————————————

    Thats sad that you wanna blame the Packers’ Hail Mary win on the judgment call about the facemask. Aside from the Packers in the NFC championship game against the Seahawks, has there ever been a worse display of defense to lose a game that a team felt was well in hand? Ummmmm no. That loss rests squarely on the Lions.

  61. destructicus says: Mar 22, 2016 10:44 AM

    @redsoxu571

    Harbaugh is saying that the fans don’t understand that particular calls which, to them are obviously incorrect, aren’t reviewable.

    he isn’t saying that the fans don’t understand when calls are wrong. In fact he said the opposite… that they tend to know better than the refs due to their vantage point watching the game from a better angle.

    A handful of us might know what currently isn’t reviewable, but he’s probably correct in that most don’t.

  62. hess97 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:45 AM

    That means Jimmy Smith’s 7 yard bump/hold/ pass interference would have been fixable and the 49ers would have gotten their sixth Lombardi and Ray Lewis wouldn’t have gotten his big retirement gifted trophy.

  63. waldroncj says: Mar 22, 2016 10:48 AM

    Love the trolls that don’t (can’t) read the articles and just knee-jerk spew hate against Harbs. I’m sure you’re all aware that there are team meetings in Boca Raton, right now, and coaches get interviewed. When they say something interesting, it gets reported upon. It’s how this all works.

  64. deneb1973 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:51 AM

    The NFL continues to play the child’s game of “can’t” versus “won’t”. If something is wrong, correct it; don’t hide behind rules or three hour game time limits. NFL arrogance seems to be unlimited whether measured from Ray Rice to Deflategate to refusal to correct erroneous calls. The owners believe they have unlimited power with their teams and the fans are sheep. I think it’s about time for the sheep to rebel and tell the “owners” that if they want our money they need to do what’s right.

  65. chawk12thman says: Mar 22, 2016 10:51 AM

    I think they should expand challenge rules for everything during this pre-season and see what happens. Next year they can decide how it went and move forward if warranted.

  66. theroc5156 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:55 AM

    5 games:

    1) Bengals-Steelers. Pretty much everything but the Martavis Bryant TD wouldn’t have counted.

    What are the other 4?

  67. chawk12thman says: Mar 22, 2016 10:57 AM

    Another idea: how about “judgement” type calls be reviewable only if buzzed from upstairs? Thus, a real egregious violation/call could be overturned, but adding all of them to the normal review process would not occur. (still not sure they just shouldn’t be added)

  68. j huber says: Mar 22, 2016 10:59 AM

    If a DE gets within a country mile Brady, he whining for a flag, and usually gets it. Some of the other QB’s get same treatment.
    Last year I saw poor Bridgewater get mugged and body slammed by the entire defense, without a flag.

  69. pastabelly says: Mar 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    Ha! Ha! Harbaugh!!!!!!!

    Officials influence all games on holding penalties called and not called.

  70. ravenbiker says: Mar 22, 2016 11:04 AM

    willycents says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:08 AM

    “He believes that the NFL could easily work it out so that replay reviews are conducted during commercial breaks and the game wouldn’t last any longer.”
    ————————————————-
    And precisely how would the NFL “schedule” replays to coincide with commercial breaks? Sounds like “we need a commercial break, call the refs to blow a call and the to be offended coach to toss the flag.”
    ———————————————————–
    It would take breaks away from times I have seen firsthand at the stadium where all the players and ref are just standing there waiting to put the ball down because commercials were playing. Instead of commercials interrupt the play even as much as they do now, some of those interruptions would be taken away by reviews.

  71. whispersd says: Mar 22, 2016 11:05 AM

    Harbaugh is correct. It’s bizarre to see so many obviously wrong calls go uncorrected for the reason that the NFL decided that certain types of calls cannot be corrected. Why do they do this? They think that correcting mistakes undermines the authority of the officials.

    Of course, refusing to fix obvious mistakes is a good way to instill confidence.

    The NFL under Goodell has a really weird notion about how to deal with mistakes. It seems to be “Never admit you made any.” I would hate to go on a road trip with the guy.

  72. davebarnes21 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:08 AM

    Harbaugh is the latest that realize – “just do what Belichick suggests and everything will be fine”

  73. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 22, 2016 11:08 AM

    getyourownname says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:20 AM
    Any Pats fan who has ever watched Brady whine for a flag has zero standing to complain about anyone else whining.

    Zero.
    ——————————-
    Show me a QB who doesn’t whine for a flag throughout EVERY game, and I will show you a QB who doesn’t play professional sports.

    It is the way of the players today. Every single incomplete pass you have the WR and QB looking at the officials for being wronged.

    This isn’t a Brady thing, it’s an NFL player thing.

  74. stellarperformance says: Mar 22, 2016 11:09 AM

    With the technologies that exist in this day and age, there should rarely be a wrong call made. Get with it NFL…..and give both teams the opportunity to touch the ball in overtime while you’re at it. Does every logical improvement to the game have to come from college ball first?

  75. John Harbaugh Is A Sad, Whiney Middle Aged Woman says: Mar 22, 2016 11:10 AM

    He may be a sad, whiny, middle-aged woman, but he’s 100% correct on this front.

    Let teams challenge whatever the heck they want, limited to 2 failed challenges or 3 successful challenges per game, and get over this ridiculous hump of refs deciding games.

  76. bocabob12 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:17 AM

    I remember when there wasn’t replay. Back when it was fun.

    I still like the game of course, but it has become to damn complex and complicated and because of replay getting to where it is now, outcomes don’t follow the natural course of human error. S__t happens…

    But it use to be more fun when it was just smash mouth and the warrior attitudes. Its getting to be kinda lame imo

    Before we know it, plays will be even MORE designed just for the gamble of drawing the flag, yardage and score.

  77. nhpats says: Mar 22, 2016 11:18 AM

    j huber says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:59 AM
    If a DE gets within a country mile Brady, he whining for a flag, and usually gets it. Some of the other QB’s get same treatment.
    Last year I saw poor Bridgewater get mugged and body slammed by the entire defense, without a flag.

    ————–

    Really? Brady took a beating in the AFCCG that would have taken most QBs out of the game. I don’t remember him “whining” at all. He just kept getting up and running the next play. Contrast that with Cam Newton who decided not to even try and recover his own fumble.

  78. lionshawk says: Mar 22, 2016 11:20 AM

    johngaltwho
    Mar 22, 2016, 7:40 AM PDT
    MossMoon2Packers says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:49 AM

    If those (non-)calls were reversed, the Lions would have made the playoffs and either the Packers or Seahawks would have been ousted.

    ——————————————————————

    Thats sad that you wanna blame the Packers’ Hail Mary win on the judgment call about the facemask. Aside from the Packers in the NFC championship game against the Seahawks, has there ever been a worse display of defense to lose a game that a team felt was well in hand? Ummmmm no. That loss rests squarely on the Lions.

    ———————-

    The conversation isnt about what the Lions did to loose on the last play. The fact is there never should have been an untimed down for the Packers to even throw a Hail Mary if replay would have been able to review it.

    In the Seattle game cam Chancellor did an amazing job knocking the ball out of Calvin Johnson’s hands at the goal line. The batting of the ball out of the back of the end zone by the Seattle defender should’ve placed it on the 1 yard line for the Lions. Had this play been review the lions would have had a chance to go up by two scores with less than a minute left for Seattle.

    The last two teams to make the playoffs for the Seahawks and the Packers have the Lions won both of these games they would’ve been nine and seven and would’ve been the fifth seed in the playoffs.

    Who Knows if Calvin Johnson would’ve retired having been in the playoffs last year.

  79. fivechampionships says: Mar 22, 2016 11:29 AM

    redsoxu571 – You call Harbaugh arrogant, but only because you have poor reading comprehension. Try re-reading it objectively, instead of judging him to be wrong because you are a New England fan.

    He clearly wasn’t saying that the fans ‘don’t understand’, as in that they can’t figure it out. He was saying they don’t understand, as in they don’t accept it. If you wrong me, and then apologize, I could say, ‘its OK, I understand’. Or I could say -‘no, its not OK. I dont understand. Dont do it again’.

    Two entirley different meanings. He wasn’t condescending to anyone. He was pointing out that the fans wish to hold the league to a higher standard.

  80. keeley2 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:31 AM

    chawk12thman says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:57 AM

    Another idea: how about “judgement” type calls be reviewable only if buzzed from upstairs? Thus, a real egregious violation/call could be overturned, but adding all of them to the normal review process would not occur. (still not sure they just shouldn’t be added)
    _______________________
    You want to make judgement calls reviewable? Seriously? For all the sports officials out there, let’s just boycott all sports and let the system deal with judgement. At the end of the day, someone needs to make a decision – it better be an official.

  81. realdealsteel says: Mar 22, 2016 11:41 AM

    Make the change; we’ve come this far to get it right, we might as well go the extra mile to deliver the proper calls.

  82. throwingstones20 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:45 AM

    get rid of replay. Settled

  83. billmiller1991 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:50 AM

    A couple days ago he’s crushed about the loss of his player’s life. Decides to release the letter he sent to his team, in which he says he doesn’t have a son but if he did, this is what he would tell them, yadda yadda. And then chooses right now to blubber about unidentified 5 calls that swung the outcome in 5 unidentified games from LAST season? There is something very tactless about this on multiple levels. I wonder how many games were lost by bad coaching decisions, poor player execution? The refs are supposed to be 100% perfect but coaches and players can make mistakes all day long?

  84. dsigrey says: Mar 22, 2016 11:54 AM

    kissmysandwich says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:52 AM
    100% accurate and glad to hear someone finally saying something about this. The way the NFL conducts instant replay is absolutely absurd. Why they have the ref run off into a little booth is beyond me. Just have the plays reviewed off-field and have the replay official buzz in the right call, immediately. End of story. Not difficult. Won’t take any extra time.
    _____________________________________

    Yup finally someone saying something about this. Of course Bill Belichick has been saying this for the past 3 years, but lets not let that get in the way of facts.

    Side note… I love how the NFL said that putting cameras in the pylons would be too expensive after Bill suggested it last year, then the TV networks went ahead and did it. Yup too darn expensive…

  85. baddegg says: Mar 22, 2016 11:57 AM

    Don’t tell me, let me guess John. Every call in the games you played last year went against you, and you should have been in the Super Bowl.

  86. rlpftt says: Mar 22, 2016 12:07 PM

    thetruthcampaign says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:50 AM

    Lions lost 2 of those games to Seattle and GB.

    _____________________________________

    Lions fans are known for their excuses for having such a terrible football organization. You team is horrid, garbage dumpster fire. Get over it!

  87. yette1 says: Mar 22, 2016 12:11 PM

    Less whining would have changed the Ravens season last year!

  88. shlort says: Mar 22, 2016 12:14 PM

    Everything should be reviewable. Even penalties. How many times have we all watched games and heard a referee say “holding, number **. 10 yard penalty…” only to see a replay and there was no holding on the play. Or how about a receiver being tackled a second before the ball arrives and no call? Or how about the fail Mary? No reversal because the option of deciding who caught the ball is not reviewable, even though it was obviously not caught by the receiver.

    How about this. Same amount of challenges on regular stuff and make every aspect of the play reviewable. 2 challenges per game for obvious blown penalty calls where the replay can only be played in real time speed so there are no challenges from coaches based on super slow motion where a DB gets there .001 seconds before the ball.

  89. xinellum says: Mar 22, 2016 12:17 PM

    You can tell the Squealer and the New England Cheaters fans. Though they want to complain that Harbaugh is a whiner about losing games, we didn’t have to whine about the Squealers because we swept them. 5-11 and swept the Squealers (6-2 in last 8 games). That alone will have the Squealers fans crying. As for the NE Cheaters fans, hope you have fun dealing with deflategate over the next off season and the loss of your QB for four games. Deflategate is long from over, there are at least 4 more appeals and the NFL is going to drag this on forever. It is already a distraction as you prepare for the draft and are out on the street corner like a homeless person begging to get your draft picks back. Nope, not in this universe, that isn’t happening. So turn a good idea into a bunch of insults but based on who is complaining, they have their own issues to cry about.

  90. philtration says: Mar 22, 2016 12:28 PM

    torebear says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:09 AM
    Make it happen. The Lions missed the playoffs because of non reviewable calls that happened during the final two minutes of the game.

    Probably other teams have had that happen to them as well.
    ===================================

    The Lions had a game given to them against the Bears even after the officials looked at the replay and they still blew the call.

  91. gohawks7 says: Mar 22, 2016 12:29 PM

    I wouldn’t mind PI or Def Holding being reviewable. I’m tired of seeing receivers running straight into defenders, waving their arms around as if they are being held or interfered with….then drawing a flag. If the receiver initiates the contact….the flag should be on the offense.

  92. jackedupboonie says: Mar 22, 2016 12:33 PM

    If the Lions score in the Seahawk game, there is still 1:30 left.

  93. pftstory says: Mar 22, 2016 12:42 PM

    I don’t understand the limit on correct challenges.
    Challenge two Plays and the review shows the refs screwed up kind of shows the refs stink.
    So they screw up a third time and it’s tough toenails?
    Should be minimum off 2 challenges and they continue until the coach loses one.

  94. torebear says: Mar 22, 2016 12:54 PM

    @philtration says:
    Mar 22, 2016 12:28 PM
    torebear says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:09 AM
    Make it happen. The Lions missed the playoffs because of non reviewable calls that happened during the final two minutes of the game.

    Probably other teams have had that happen to them as well.
    ===================================

    The Lions had a game given to them against the Bears even after the officials looked at the replay and they still blew the call.
    ===================================

    That call happened at the end of the second quarter, and it was a correct call. It’s still the correct call, even though people dont want to believe it.

    Still the game shouldn’t have been close because one of the Bears TDs came after a player was blocked into the ball on special teams. Something that was obvious on the review, but was not reviewable.

  95. torebear says: Mar 22, 2016 1:01 PM

    jackedupboonie says:
    Mar 22, 2016 12:33 PM
    If the Lions score in the Seahawk game, there is still 1:30 left.
    ===================================
    That’s if they score on 1st down.

    They could have scored on 3 down and Seattle would have 30 seconds left to drive down the field. If the Lions missed their extra point, the Hawks would have only needed a FG to get to overtime. Otherwise they would have needed a TD to win the game.

  96. vikinganswer says: Mar 22, 2016 1:01 PM

    Less Cameras and angles by TV and less replay. Problem solved. If you don’t have the angle, you wont see the incorrect call made. Nobody gets upset. Play on.

  97. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 22, 2016 1:03 PM

    xinellum says:
    Mar 22, 2016 12:17 PM

    You can tell the Squealer and the New England Cheaters fans. Though they want to complain that Harbaugh is a whiner about losing games, we didn’t have to whine about the Squealers because we swept them. 5-11 and swept the Squealers (6-2 in last 8 games). That alone will have the Squealers fans crying. As for the NE Cheaters fans, hope you have fun dealing with deflategate over the next off season and the loss of your QB for four games. Deflategate is long from over, there are at least 4 more appeals and the NFL is going to drag this on forever. It is already a distraction as you prepare for the draft and are out on the street corner like a homeless person begging to get your draft picks back. Nope, not in this universe, that isn’t happening. So turn a good idea into a bunch of insults but based on who is complaining, they have their own issues to cry about.

    There is no Steelers fan crying about being swept by the Ravens because it did not prevent the Steelers from making the playoffs or winning a playoff game. Now in 2008 when the Steelers swept the Ravens 3-0, won the division, won the AFC, and went on to win the Super Bowl? That was a sweep that had meaning.

  98. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 22, 2016 1:07 PM

    Sure the refs make mistakes but there has to be a line drawn as to what can be challenged, reviewable, etc. The game makeup already consists of the following: Coin toss, commercial, national anthem, commercial, kickoff, run, pass, penalty, pass, coach’s challenge, commercial, run, penalty, pass, INT, booth challenge, commercial, punt, commercial……

  99. peepeehed says: Mar 22, 2016 1:19 PM

    The Bills lost two games to really bad unreviewable calls last year. The Jacksonville game was the absolute worst. I’m all for this.

  100. brentspeckmannbutthumps says: Mar 22, 2016 1:25 PM

    I’m not a lions or ravens fan, but don’t you think losing those two games each actually helped the teams out? You can’t tell me either team would have done diddley squat in the playoffs, and now they get to draft a lot higher up than the teams who actually went “in their respective places”.
    If my team makes it to the playoffs, but more less backs their way in, I would almost rather them have the option to trade their spot to a team that has a fighting chance (for some kind of draft insentive), instead of getting man handled in round 1.

  101. BringBackTheFlex says: Mar 22, 2016 1:31 PM

    You just can’t review penalties. You just can’t. What happens if, while reviewing a PI call you see a face mask. Or instead of PI it was actually Defensive Holding or what if the WR left early?

    Since most people agree that a penalty could be called on every play you’d create a Mobius strip of problems.

  102. mmack66 says: Mar 22, 2016 1:43 PM

    billmiller1991 says:
    Mar 22, 2016 11:50 AM

    The refs are supposed to be 100% perfect but coaches and players can make mistakes all day long?
    —————————-

    I think most people would accept the referees being at least 75% perfect.

  103. proudchowdahead13 says: Mar 22, 2016 1:51 PM

    I think if at the end of a season, calls going against a team would average out with calls for the team.

  104. steelerfanjo says: Mar 22, 2016 2:14 PM

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  105. pwellz says: Mar 22, 2016 2:15 PM

    lol watch it get changed now that someone other than BB suggested it.

  106. stoopidfool says: Mar 22, 2016 2:16 PM

    harbaugh needs help……he can’t do it on his own

  107. nyneal says: Mar 22, 2016 2:36 PM

    The Harbaughs and their cousin Pete Carroll are the biggest whiners who ever coached in the NFL. All they do is cry and whine.

    Here’s what should happen. Do away with this whole stupid replay idea. All it has done is make the games way longer than they already were and hasn’t served any purpose other than to cause more controversy and whining from guys like Har-bawl.

    I watched football long before there was such a thing as replay and it was just fine. Yeah, officials made bad calls, but you know what? They almost always evened out. There was no problem during those years just letting the officials call the game, which by the way they are paid to do. except now they don’t do that. They huddle up for 2 minutes or so and then look at a replay to make a call. And they still don’t get it right!!

    The NFL is its own worst enemy. People like Rodger Goodell and the Rules Committee are determined to ruin this once great game, and I must say, they are doing a fine job of it.

    And personally, I don’t care about what happens to the players after they quit playing. It’s their choice to play or not and therefore it’s all on them. It’s just like any other sport where there’s danger.

    When I heard Dale Earnhardt was killed, I felt bad for his family, but I didn’t shed any tears for him. He knew the dangers of racing and made millions doing it, just like these NFL football players do. It was his decision and it cost him his life. If a guy or gal wants to drive a race car, they know they can die. It’s their choice.

    I’m all for making the game safer, so don’t take that part wrong. But there comes a point where you have to draw the line and say players are going to have to decide whether they want to play or not, because no matter what they do, they will never eliminate injuries or permanent damage from playing in the NFL.

    And adding more replays — no matter what the reason — is just stupid.

  108. johngaltwho says: Mar 22, 2016 6:36 PM

    nyneal says:
    Mar 22, 2016 2:36 PM

    Wow, that is cold.

  109. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 22, 2016 8:04 PM

    More whining from the Little Coach That Couldn’t. When will it end?

  110. dolphinsruleall says: Mar 27, 2016 8:53 AM

    I’ve never particularly cared for the Harbaugh brothers (especially annoyed by Jim) but in this case I agree with him. Non-reviewable plays are stupid.

    With replay already centralized, every call on the field could and should be reviewed. There should never be an instance where the wrong call is allowed to stand. We have the technology to get it right every time… technicalities in the rulebook should never prevent that.

    While we’re at it, sensors in the field and the ball should be doing the job of the chains crew by now. I say remove as much of the responsibility from the refs as possible, since the league has proven time and again, incapable of fielding competent ref squads on a consistent basis.

  111. BringBackTheFlex says: Mar 27, 2016 1:59 PM

    “There should never be an instance where the wrong call is allowed to stand.”

    What about the wrong non-call. A coach could ask for a replay every down and find some penalty for holding. Lions fan whined 2 years ago about the “non-call” in the playoffs against Dallas. Should those be allowed too? Get ready for a 7 hour football game.

  112. lapantherfan86 says: Mar 28, 2016 12:25 PM

    He’s wrong, but only bc that number is too low.

  113. ratsfoiledagain says: Mar 28, 2016 11:49 PM

    Review everything? Does that mean NE’S ‘rub’ routes can be reviewed since they are mostly pick plays anyway? Same with Denver.

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