Former officiating department heads Blandino, Pereira both say Zach Miller scored

AP

Two former heads of the NFL’s officiating department say Bears tight end Zach Miller was robbed of a touchdown on what turned out to be the last play of his season on Sunday.

Miller, who suffered a serious knee injury as he fell to the ground after catching a pass in the end zone, was initially ruled to have caught the pass. But on replay, V.P. of Officiating Al Riveron ruled that Miller hadn’t maintained control of the ball as he went to the ground.

Riveron’s predecessors Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino, who now work as FOX analysts, both said on their weekly online show that Riveron got it wrong.

“At some point the process of the catch ends, and it ends when he rolls over on the ground with control,” Blandino said. “It was ruled a catch on the field. I didn’t see anything definitive to overturn it and quite frankly, if it had been ruled incomplete on the field, if it had been me in the command center, I would have reversed it to a catch.”

Pereira agreed and said he’s concerned that the league’s officiating department is repeatedly overturning calls on the field when the video evidence simply does not justify that.

“Why are plays being reversed when we can’t find anything?” Pereira said. “Why in the heck are we having this discussion? There are three plays at least from this weekend.”

For Miller to lose a touchdown on a bad call as he suffered a gruesome knee injury was adding insult to injury.

62 responses to “Former officiating department heads Blandino, Pereira both say Zach Miller scored

  1. Thanks Calvin Johnson ruling … continuing to ruin the game in perpetuity just to cover for a single terrible call made years ago

  2. Calls aren’t so obvious when you are employed by the NFL…. you have to factor in covering the spread, whose market is worth more money… multiple variables you have to consider when deciding when a fumble is a fumble, a catch is a catch and touchdowns.

  3. One step forward. Two steps back. Ain’t technology great?

    Well at least it didn’t affect the game outcome. Oh, wait…

  4. The game was in New Orleans,some other calls the Bears got screwed on, officials in NFL are terrible.

  5. I hate the whole “what is a catch, what isn’t a catch” thing more than anything in the NFL. There’s nothing worse than an official ruling a guy didn’t make a catch when he obviously did, especially after replay.

  6. Next thing they will require is for the receiver to maintain control as they go to the ground, plus either spike or spin the ball. Or heavens forbid nonchalantly toss it to the ref.

  7. Hey lets face it officating stinks because we have to scrutinize every little detail. Have no idea what a catch actually is anymore. Di we need a super slo mo of a super slo mo to make a call then we are taking it way over board

  8. I’m a Saints fan and even I could see that it was clearly a catch. I was stunned when they overturned that call. Worst call I’ve seen since the replacement refs.

  9. Al Riveron should be fired. This is a ridiculous mistake born from incompetence. It is obvious the refs have suffered a serious talent drain with people leaving for TV gigs. This guy isn’t qualified for his position but it’s who they have left.

  10. So what? Their opinion means nothing. Can’t believe one of these clowns were hired let alone two. Enjoy Romo, he seems to know the rules without needing some faux expert to take over.

  11. florio4prez says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    One step forward. Two steps back. Ain’t technology great?

    Well at least it didn’t affect the game outcome. Oh, wait…

    If the touchdown had been allowed the final score would have been 20-19 in favor of the Saints. The outcome would have still been a Saints win and a Bears loss.

  12. As if the Austin Seferian-Jenkins ridiculous call from a couple of weeks ago vs the Patriots wasn’t a big enough debacle. The NFL is unwatchable & illegitimate, it is basically soccer now, the only thing missing is a clock that runs constantly and only one guy on the field (the head ref) knows how much time is left.

  13. Zach Miller suffers a horrific injury on what’s likely to be the last play of his career and gets screwed out of a touchdown by the officials. Way to go NFL.

  14. Heard it best from someone on the Radio. Forget the rules, we all know what a catch looks like. If it looks like a catch, it’s a catch. Stop trying to make rules that attempt to make the subjective objective.

  15. What moron came up with the concept that if the ball moved a little while the receiver is going to the ground, it was an incomplete pass?

  16. Calls on the field are supposed to stand UNLESS there is absolutely clear evidence they were wrong. But the NFL has ignored that part since Day 1. Zero consistency and they frequently go from “maybe” one way to reversing it to “maybe” the other. Then they wonder why nobody has any confidence in the process.

  17. My 4 year old daughter looked at me confused after the play and said “Dada, why was that not a catch?” I looked at her shaking my head and said “I have no idea.” Sad when a 4 year old knows its a catch and the NFL does not.

  18. I do not enjoy football….I have seen great catches overruled and yet I see the ball waived over the goal line and the player whose entire body is out of the end zone and looses control of the ball yet it is a touchdown not a fumble because the ball crossed the plane of the goal line. Then, we have a spectacular play and the “ball moves” during the catch it is incomplete. BTW the slight movement could not be detected withut super slo-mo. All I can say is bull, the rules suck and the NFL wonders what is wrong.

  19. Aintasinner

    They wouldn’t have gone for the tie with a 2 point conversion? Do you not watch football or did you simply forget teams still had that option. However you seem to know the rules enough to be an official

  20. The Onion once ran a funny article about a catch being ruled incomplete in the end zone after the WR handed the ball to a ref. It’s not so funny anymore.

  21. Hands on ball, 2 steps or make a football move. That’s a catch and that’s how it was for as long as there was football until Goodell and his cronies got involved in trying to officiate a game like an attorney would.

  22. Riddle me this…
    Scenario 1: RB takes a hand-off leap from the 1 yd line, leaps over the pile and as he hits the ground, the ball comes out.
    RULING= touchdown, ground can’t cause a fumble

    Scenario 2: WR catches a pass at the 1 yd line, turns and reaches over the goal line and as he hits the ground the ball comes out.
    RULING= WR didn’t maintain control. Touchback to the other team.

    Doesn’t make much sense does it?

  23. I honestly think Riveron interpreted Miller dropping the ball onto the ground after the play (as intentionally as if he had spiked it or tossed it to a ref) as “losing control” of the ball. Insane as it is, it’s the only thing I can possibly think of.

  24. What everyone misses is the “indisputable evidence” standard, i.e., the call on the field stands unless there is indisputable evidence to overturn it. If applied correctly, this means that the call on the field should stand almost EVERY TIME. Indisputable evidence is a higher legal standard than even “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” that we use for criminal convictions. There is no way that there was “indisputable evidence” that Miller did not catch the ball. But leave it to Goodell’s NFL to mess it up.

  25. If player “has control of football” in end zone the play should end then. As these fools currently demand that player goes to ground and take the ball home they are adding stupidity to stupidity by rewarding the defensive players a free shot as dislodging ball from scorer is rewarded when points are taken off the scoreboard.

    Change the rule to end the play when “control” is deemed to have occurred and name the NEW RULE “The Zach Miller Rule” cancelling out all future reference to “The Calvin Johnson” rule.

  26. I’m a Packer fan, we hate the Bears.

    But they got screwed by NFL Officials. That was a catch / touchdown.
    And it went to review in NY headquarters and they screwed em’ AGAIN !!!

    How can anyone put faith in the NFL review process ? It’s CROOKED !

  27. The main reason ratings are down is because many fans are tired of the NFL trying to stick Brady and the Patriots up our rear and make us like.

  28. Oddly, they sure seem to be more willing to say things the rest of us always knew once they joined the media side of the house…

  29. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says:
    October 31, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    How can anyone put faith in the NFL review process ? It’s CROOKED !
    ——————

    That’s because the NFL League Office is crooked.

  30. Maybe the NFL should just sacrifice a goat and read the guts to see what the real call should be.

  31. autumnwind999 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Further proof that no one in America knows what is/isn’t a catch in the NFL anymore.
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    Oh, I think everyone that watches football pretty much knows what a catch is, it’s just that the people that are supposed to know don’t seem to know.

  32. gobears84 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:48 pm
    Heard it best from someone on the Radio. Forget the rules, we all know what a catch looks like. If it looks like a catch, it’s a catch. Stop trying to make rules that attempt to make the subjective objective.

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    Like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart defining pornography as, “I know it when I see it.”

  33. The Saga of the Biggest Mystery in the NFL’s history continues as to why the officials continue to cheat for the Seahawks and make bogus bad calls against their opponents.

    Perhaps one day, BigFoot Goodell will expose the truth in his memoirs of the hidden backroom corruption deals that govern this mystery.

  34. Aintasinner

    They wouldn’t have gone for the tie with a 2 point conversion? Do you not watch football or did you simply forget teams still had that option. However you seem to know the rules enough to be an official
    =========
    The TD was in the third quarter. They probably would not go for two at that time of the game. Even if they did, the odds of getting it are about 50%. They scored a field goal after missing that TD, so the difference in score was 4 points or 5 if you include the 2-point conversion, so best case 20-17.

    However, that assumes the rest of the game plays out the same way. Games are called based on circumstances leading up to each and every play: down and distance, field position, score, momentum, etc. If you change one play in the third quarter, that changes the entire game. Maybe the Bears ride the momentum and win or maybe the Saints don’t fumble twice in the forth quarter. If Bears are leading in the fourth, maybe Saints score TD’s instead of FG. You can’t count out Drew Brees.

    With that said, I think the point of replay is to overturn “obviously” wrong calls. This was not an obviously wrong call that needed replay to “correct.” They need to get rid of super slow motion and set a rule that they can only slow it down to half speed. If it’s not obvious at half speed, then it can’t be over turned. Like that Jets call. Sure, in super slow-mo you can see the ball fluctuate for a split second, but he never actually lost control of the ball.

  35. 8to80texansblog says:
    October 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I love the conspiracy theorists on here. So lame…

    Anyone ever think maybe these guys say things on podcasts to generate a buzz to get listeners….
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    Maybe, but in this particular case, they were correct.

  36. I quit watching the rest of the weekend after that call. I have other things to do than watch that non-sense. I’m not even a Bears fan and it had no fantasy bearing to me. So obviously stupid I’d rather clean the garage.

  37. giantsfanlewis
    Oct 31, 2017, 12:56 PM CDT
    Aintasinner

    They wouldn’t have gone for the tie with a 2 point conversion? Do you not watch football or did you simply forget teams still had that option. However you seem to know the rules enough to be an official
    ———————————————————————————————————
    You’re talking about hypotheticals. If they had gone for 2 and HYPOTHETICALLY made it then HYPOTHETICALLY the Saints would have gone for 2 and if HYPOTHETICALLY they got the 2 points, then the score would have been 21-20 in the Saints favor
    And thank you for noticing that I could qualify to be an official. HYPOTHEYICALLY, even you could qualify to be an official. But just HYPOTHETICALLY.

  38. I bet the Bears don’t even get an apology out of this. The bottom-tier teams always get screwed the worst.

  39. What?? I didn’t even realize that was over turned. I saw the play, cringed, and got distracted (the Pack wasn’t playing so I was only half paying attention to this game), but that was FOR 100% SURE a touchdown. Wow. Season after season after season, I just don’t understand why obvious calls called right on the field continue to get overturned. I hate getting into the conspiracy thing, but it’s really hard to not go there when these kinds of things continue to occur. Dude earned that TD and it wasn’t even a close call. This kind of thing hurts the NFL. How do they expect new fans to get hooked when it doesn’t even make sense to the rest of us who have been watching for years?

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