Report: Officials erred in safety ruling, costing Miami two points

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First, it was Tennessee that got jobbed by officials. Then, it was Washington. Now, we find out the Dolphins did, too.

Needless to say, it was not a good weekend for the league’s officiating crews with three high-profile blown calls.

Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post reported Tuesday that the NFL has determined officials cost the Dolphins a safety when Jordan Phillips tackled Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the end zone Sunday. Tony Corrente’s crew ruled Fitzpatrick’s forward progress carried him out of the end zone before Phillips tackled him in the end zone.

But Fitzpatrick ran into the back of his teammate and guard Demar Dotson pushed Fitzpatrick back into the end zone. Since Fitzpatrick was not “pushed or carried backward by an opponent,” as stated in Rule 3, Section 13, Article 1, his forward progress was not stopped.

“If you looked at the film, you tell me what you thought,” Phillips said.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase challenged the ruling, and it was upheld on replay. Replay cannot be used to determine whether the forward progress ruling was correct, according to a source, with replay focused solely on the ball in relation to the goal line at the time forward progress was ruled.

On Monday, Titans coach Mike Mularkey called for public accountability of officials, and Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins said a private apology doesn’t help.

62 responses to “Report: Officials erred in safety ruling, costing Miami two points

  1. Is this the part when we get to talk about the 2006 title game being a bagjob by Goodell where they apologized for a made up cal to the Pats and Ellis Hobbs for a “faceguarding” penalty that doesn’t exist in the NFL, giving the Colts a free TD from the 1 yard line?

    Or, is this not a good time in the face of Goodell and the owners’ cheating measures we’ve seen against the Pats since Goodell took over in 2006?

    How come creepy penalties and game-fixing from Goodell on down to the officials didn’t happen as regularly as it does now?

    Could it be ratings related or is that a big secret we shouldn’t talk about here?

    lmao

  2. Nice try NFL, but you are going to have to work a lot harder to beat Flacco’s “forward progress was stopped” non-fumble against the Patriots last year, which was called when he took a three step drop and then got hit by the Flowers express. Fun fact: by calling it this way, the refs not only negated an obvious strip sack deep in Ravens territory early in a game later decided by a touchdown, but by rule it was also could not be reviewed or challenged. Now that’s craftsmanship.

  3. “Is this the part when we get to talk about the 2006 title game being a bagjob by Goodell where they apologized for a made up cal to the Pats and Ellis Hobbs”

    Oh, even more fun fact: that year, the Colts D somehow had zero DPI calls all season.

  4. The officiating league wide is putrid.The replay system isn’t helping as thought. The sad thing is while the NFL says” sorry we screwed up” it never gets fixed. Another reason the NFL game is losing viewers!

  5. Just go back to the old football rules, like when the NFL knew what a catch was. All these unnecessary rules are killing the game. Between the disrespectful players, all the stupid rules, and the idiot replay official in NY, the game is almost unwatchable! Anyone wondering why their ratings are going down?

  6. tylawspick6 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Could it be ratings related or is that a big secret we shouldn’t talk about here?
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    You couldn’t make a stronger argument against game fixing having to do with ratings if you tried. Nobody even went to, never mind watched, that game.

  7. The officiating all around this season is a joke, How can a QB go back to pass over 30 times and there not be holding penalties called. They call them when they feel the need to call them. Or in some cases NEVER call them because of the QB in question. ( i wont mention any names here of course) Some of the flags thrown on Miami were ghost penalties to the point the clowns calling the game even were confused. But of course they can not be critical because they will lose their jobs. The refs need to be held accountable such as fines and game checks. Each game should be reviewed afterwards just like coaches look at game film and they refs should be fined for missed calls and calls that shouldn’t be. Players and coaches lose their jobs for wins and losses and some of these calls league wide cost many teams losses and hand wins to others.

  8. “Who will lose their job for this?”

    No one. We will be told “all the refs are graded and they may lose an opportunity to ref during the playoffs or Super Bowl as a result of missed or blown calls”.

    Oh gee thanks. So you won’t let the worst of an incompetent bunch ref the playoffs or Super Bowl. Whoop dee doo !!!! All that means is the somewhat less incompetent refs will get those games, it doesn’t mean in any way shape or form they will be competent either.

  9. “The officiating league wide is putrid.The replay system isn’t helping as thought.”
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    Replay hurts officiating in both perception and reality. The perception part is obvious because every review turns into a 5-minute debate on whether the call was blown. Even when the call stands the viewer still comes away feeling like the refs are bad just from the debate. And there is now so much pressure on the refs to err on the side of letting review fix things they’re hesitant to make calls. In certain cases they’re literally being told now to worry less about the accuracy of the original call and more about what call would be easier for replay to fix. And that is not a recipe for good officiating.

  10. Bring em back! Now! We must convince the NFL to settle this Referee strike and get rid of these replacements. We’ve been told that the ones out on strike are SOOO much better that these horrible ones.

  11. Not that it mattered in the final score but both the on field and New York officials blew a call in Green Bay as well. The ravens punted and stopped the ball on the Green Bay 1 yard line but the officials thought that a ravens player touched the ball while on the goal line, giving the packers the ball at their 20. Replay clearly showed that the ball stopped on the 1 on its own and was never touched by the Raven player. Why have replay review if the officials ignore it? Another weekend another list of blown calls.

  12. Jags lost a touchdown on a sack fumble return this weekend as well. The refs blew the whistle during the play only to find during replay that the play should not have been called dead.

  13. iamkillerfin says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    woo hoo so it would be 22-30
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    Obviously you did not watch the game. With plenty of time left the Dolphins would have been down 20-15 and getting the ball back at mid- field or less. Also, they lost a critical Timout on the Challenge and finally the last Bucs TD was nonsense on final play lateral circus which it would not have come down to.. That bad call along with others is changing the game way too often. No, the Dolphins are not SB contenders, but not one real fan with any knowledge would have said that wasn’t a Safety.

  14. The Cousins thing was the result of a bad rule, not a bad call. Last year Derek Carr was called for grounding and you could hear on the ref’s mic where he said “he ran the wrong route.” Like many other rules, there had to be some some room for interpretation.

  15. The Cousins thing was the result of a bad rule, not a bad call. Last year Derek Carr was called for grounding and you could hear on the ref’s mic where he said “he ran the wrong route.” Like many other rules, there had to be some some room for interpretation.

  16. Replay hurts officiating in both perception and reality. The perception part is obvious because every review turns into a 5-minute debate on whether the call was blown. Even when the call stands the viewer still comes away feeling like the refs are bad just from the debate. And there is now so much pressure on the refs to err on the side of letting review fix things they’re hesitant to make calls. In certain cases they’re literally being told now to worry less about the accuracy of the original call and more about what call would be easier for replay to fix. And that is not a recipe for good officiating
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    Also, remember there has to be visual evidence to overturn, so replay doesn’t always fix an incorrect call. Ever notice that now anything close to the goal line is almost always called a touchdown because all scoring plays are automatically reviewed. Your right that’s not good.

  17. All these Pats fans whining about game fixing need to keep in mind that cheating is the only thing that’s kept NE relevant over the years.

  18. On the Cousins thing: Who decides what “imminent danger” is? The officials and the QB who threw the ball 20 yards away from the nearest receiver. The officials got that one right. The only thing they did wrong was they took too long to throw the flags. It was a busted play and Cousins didn’t want to take a sack.

  19. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s impossible to have an intelligent discussion about officiating since every yahoo in here is convinced his team got jobbed every week.

  20. iamkillerfin says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    woo hoo so it would be 22-30
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    No. That’s idiocy. You can’t IFTT a football game. That call stole 2 points, stole momentum, and stole a needed timeout. Those factors are certain but the rest of the game could have played out much differently. Assuming the rest of the game played out the same as you suggest then it would have been 23-22 with extra time on the clock from that burned timeout and the likelihood of the ridiculous last play lateral-fest fumble TD would have been considerably lower as well.

    Again, that was the worst officiated and worst broadcast production of an NFL game I have seen in quite a few years. That says a lot considering just how bad officiating has been in recent years.

  21. bjwbrown2011 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm
    Aren’t the people in charge of replay the same ones issuing the report?

    90 1 Rate This

    Is that one thumbs down you Mrs. Goodell?

  22. Folks, consider what happened on that call. The game officials missed the safety and gave TB the ball at the 1 to punt. Gase challenged and then the referee consulted with the guys in NYC and said it wasn’t a safety. Same guy now says the call was wrong. My question is simple: what exactly were they looking at/discussing during the replay consultation? The excuse that they can’t change forward progress via replay is complete BS. They do it all the time on replay and that is basically the only thing they are allowed to review on a safety. Any average football fan knows the ball must be completely out of the end zone to avoid a safety. There was no angle that could prove that happened…but there were plenty of replay angles that showed he was not touched by a Miami defender until he was about 2 yards deep in the end zone. No whistle was blown so that excuse is out. They could easily tell that Fitz was in the end zone when first contact was made and he went backwards from there. That call after review means the game referee and the NFL’s head of officials who was on that call are hopelessly corrupt or grossly unqualified to hold their particular jobs. Neither is a good look for the NFL. Two drunk fans of unconcerned teams could have done a better and faster job with a cell phone and access to google.

  23. finzfan49 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:33 pm
    The officiating all around this season is a joke, How can a QB go back to pass over 30 times and there not be holding penalties called. They call them when they feel the need to call them. Or in some cases NEVER call them because of the QB in question. ( i wont mention any names here of course)
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    Hmmm well dont leave us hanging. Was it a guy who does a bunch of state farm commercials? Does he wear a green jersey with the number 12 on it?

  24. bystanderhere says:
    November 21, 2017 at 7:16 pm
    Gronk had a TD called off against Denver even though the TV replay showed a good catch. What the refs were looking at?
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    Wasn’t a catch, clearly. Pats fans vs the world as always

    wib22 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 6:54 pm
    the pats homers victim complex is laughable!
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    And their delusion is uncurable

  25. Good idea bringing all replays to a central site, such as New York. But this falls apart when the last person that should be making these decisions is the one in New York with all the power. The sport suffers greatly that the league is so stubborn not to deal with the toxic situation related to the the New York mission control has been staffed. Just a giant middle finger to all fans.

  26. “Replay cannot be used to determine whether the forward progress ruling was correct”

    This ‘stuff can’t be replayed’ crap is getting really, really old. Make everything reviewable. What is the big deal?

  27. Miami is worried about 2 points vs. the Bucs?

    Hell, you could give Miami 2 GAMES, and they’d still be bottom-feeding with the Jets!

    Wait until The Genius, Quarterback Whisperer, Gase leads you to relevance….then whine about 2 points.

    ************SPOILER ALERT*********************************

    It ain’t gonna’ happen.

  28. so what is it next year as far as a fumble or bobble or whatever blah blah blah hitting the pylon, but the ball moved 1/1000th of an inch..ridiculous!! the only little satisfaction i get watching is when a rb or wide receiver goes right into the middle of the end zone without a defender within 10 yards of him. then i say to the tv ” so.. is he in far enough?? does he have to run out the ramp, into the parking lot, and down to the courthouse and get it ok’d by a federal judge”!!!!

  29. ‘fartweasel says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Not that it mattered in the final score…’

    It absolutely mattered! When Miami later scored don’t you think that up by one they would have gone for two point conversion–potentially putting them up by the three points that reflected the real score before 68 laterals on final play resulted in the 10 point outcome that you noticed having not watched the game?

  30. ncphinsfan says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    iamkillerfin says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    woo hoo so it would be 22-30
    ——————————————

    Obviously you did not watch the game. With plenty of time left the Dolphins would have been down 20-15 and getting the ball back at mid- field or less. Also, they lost a critical Timout on the Challenge and finally the last Bucs TD was nonsense on final play lateral circus which it would not have come down to.. That bad call along with others is changing the game way too often. No, the Dolphins are not SB contenders, but not one real fan with any knowledge would have said that wasn’t a Safety.

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    ncfinfan NAILED it!

  31. The “forward progress” cover up is also bs. The play had finished long before forward progress was determined–and with Fitz in end zone after getting pushed there by HIS OWN lineman. This “forward progress” story is fake news–and absolutely offensive to fans!

  32. Those claiming that the Cousins call was correct need to go watch it again. Cousins begins to throw the ball almost immediately. When he releases the ball the nearest defender is on the near hash mark and being blocked, and Cousins is on the far hash mark. That is 6 yards away. The truth of the matter is that, because it was an immediate pass, there was no time for imminent danger of losing yards from a defender.

    Anyone who says that he was about to be sacked is just making it up.

  33. “Assuming the rest of the game played out the same as you suggest then it would have been 23-22…”

    Iamkillerfan, you really don’t get it. Perhaps Miami has 21, perhaps Miami has 23, but Miami never would have had “22”. Dude, late in a game a team goes up by a point after td……they NEVER would kick an extra point, they clearly go for two pts.

  34. “Jags lost a touchdown on a sack fumble return this weekend as well. The refs blew the whistle during the play only to find during replay that the play should not have been called dead.”

    Miracle cover for Jax betters on late d score–taken away by a really wrong call by officials that should have let play run its course and are supposedly instructed to do so. But guess what! After going three and out Jax handed the ball back to Cleveland qb and you guessed it! Another defensive td in final minute gave Jax betters the miracle cover!

  35. tylawspick6 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:07 pm
    Is this the part when we get to talk about the 2006 title game being a bagjob by Goodell where they apologized for a made up cal to the Pats and Ellis Hobbs for a “faceguarding” penalty that doesn’t exist in the NFL, giving the Colts a free TD from the 1 yard line?

    Or, is this not a good time in the face of Goodell and the owners’ cheating measures we’ve seen against the Pats since Goodell took over in 2006?

    How come creepy penalties and game-fixing from Goodell on down to the officials didn’t happen as regularly as it does now?

    Could it be ratings related or is that a big secret we shouldn’t talk about here?

    lmao

    ————————
    As a Pats fan I was bummed out to see a rant about how the Pats have been treated as the second comment on an article that had nothing to do with the Pats. Noted your die hard committment to the team, but please dont embarass us.

  36. sammievee says:
    November 21, 2017 at 8:51 pm
    ‘fartweasel says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Not that it mattered in the final score…’

    It absolutely mattered! When Miami later scored don’t you think that up by one they would have gone for two point conversion–potentially putting them up by the three points that reflected the real score before 68 laterals on final play resulted in the 10 point outcome that you noticed having not watched the game?
    **************
    Reread my post. I was referencing the packer/raven game.

  37. The only non-reviewable situation should be when the whistle is blown. With all the camera views and the visual evidence standard, what’s the problem?? Get the call right!!

  38. Not sure how the refs missed that safety call. I’m not really sure how that call could have been easier. Who looked at the tape after the game and decided that it was in fact a safety because that person should have been there Sunday in real time to correct the call which the on field refs shouldn’t have botched in the first place.

  39. LSUStrong says:
    November 21, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Also, remember there has to be visual evidence to overturn…
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    Not since Al Riveron took over.

  40. Oh so we did take the Bucs behind the wood shed and gave them a good pasting after all. I have never known a season like this one. If Gase can come through this still keeping his marbles he can get through anything.

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