Eagles scouting officials “to understand what they like to call”

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The Eagles have been penalized eight times in their two playoff wins this year and they’d like to keep that number from growing too much when they take on the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Part of their attempt to do that has involved watching video of the penalties called by the members of this year’s officiating crew. Referee Gene Steratore will head up the group, which does not work together during the regular season.

“We kind of use that to understand what they like to call, know what they are looking for, and pretty much just help us play a cleaner game so we know what to expect from them and they know what to expect from us,” Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham said, via Sal Paolantonio and Tim McManus of ESPN.com.

Paolantonio and McManus note that Steratore’s crew was fifth-highest in pass interference, defensive holding and illegal contact calls and that four of the other six officials were on crews that ranked in the top half of the league in those calls. Their colleague Bill Barnwell points out that two of the three officials assigned to watch for pass interference — side judge Scott Edwards, field judge Tom Hill and back judge Perry Paganelli — were on crews that threw fewer flags for those infractions than the league average.

Barnwell also points out that there has not been an illegal contact penalty in the Super Bowl since 2005, which was the last time the Patriots and Eagles met in the game. Patriots linebacker Roman Phifer was the guilty party and the flag wiped out an Asante Samuel interception, although the damage was minimal as Rodney Harrison intercepted Donovan McNabb one play later.

34 responses to “Eagles scouting officials “to understand what they like to call”

  1. I can tell you what they DON’T like to call: holding against the Patriots.

    Not to be that “conspiracy” guy or anything, but when Tom is on the field there is more leeway afforded to his blockers than anyone else in the league. Proof is on tape. 2nd half against the Jags, they were able to grab and pull whoever they needed to keep Tommy untouched and the refs wouldn’t even flinch. Even that game clinching run on 3rd & 10, there was 1 or 2 blatant textbook holds that allowed the edge to be set.

    Touch one of Tommy’s receivers or god forbid Tom himself, and it’s laundry day on the field. But if you’re preventing someone from getting a hit on Tom, you basically have free reign to do whatever you gotta do. There’s your scouting report.

    No “conspiracy”, just blatant favoritism. You have to be blind not to see it.

  2. Wait. An IC call wiped out a Patriots turnover in a playoff game? I thought NE got all the calls?

  3. idislikespeciousness says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm
    Wait. An IC call wiped out a Patriots turnover in a playoff game? I thought NE got all the calls?
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    The refs forced McNabb to throw a pick on the next play to make up for their mistaken call against the Pats.. duh lol

  4. Can’t just look at what they do call. You have to look for penalties that weren’t called to find out what they don’t call.

  5. Steratore’s crew is the one that called an “inadvertent whistle” during a Pats/Bills game a few years back that resulted in a play blown dead that would probably have resulted in a Amendola TD. Video that focused on Brady and Belichick as the officials tried to unscrew that pooch showed a QB telling his offense to move to where the ball had been spotted to get ready for the next play and the coach calmly nodding his head as the side judge explained the situation to him. And that’s the Pats: they don’t dwell on “we got screwed out of six points”; it’s “we’re on to first and ten at their thirty five”.

  6. I can tell you what they DON’T like to call: holding against the Patriots.

    Not to be that “conspiracy” guy or anything, but when Tom is on the field there is more leeway afforded to his blockers than anyone else in the league. Proof is on tape. 2nd half against the Jags, they were able to grab and pull whoever they needed to keep Tommy untouched…

    ———————————————————————

    I’m not sure I buy a lot of conspiracy theories, but you are right. There was a LOT of holding by the Pats OL that was not called in that game.

  7. Of course they are and well they should. All due ‘consideration’ to the trolls and their ridiculous conspiracy theories, scouting officials tendencies and educating their players accordingly is the real reason the Patriots take so few penalties. There are dozens of stories on the subject for anyone that would take the time to look rather than just troll.

  8. halfcentaur says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:09 pm
    I can tell you what they DON’T like to call: holding against the Patriots.

    Not to be that “conspiracy” guy or anything, but when Tom is on the field there is more leeway afforded to his blockers than anyone else in the league. Proof is on tape. 2nd half against the Jags, they were able to grab and pull whoever they needed to keep Tommy untouched and the refs wouldn’t even flinch. Even that game clinching run on 3rd & 10, there was 1 or 2 blatant textbook holds that allowed the edge to be set.

    Touch one of Tommy’s receivers or god forbid Tom himself, and it’s laundry day on the field. But if you’re preventing someone from getting a hit on Tom, you basically have free reign to do whatever you gotta do. There’s your scouting report.

    No “conspiracy”, just blatant favoritism. You have to be blind not to see it.
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    You just described every game in the NFL this year AND everything wrong with the game today. Blatant favoritism. LOL The only way that is the case is if you don’t watch football every week.

  9. Eagles survived Pete Morelli during their thursday night game against the Panthers, I think they’ll be ok. If an idex card is used in the Superbowl to measure a first down, does it go to the hall of fame?

  10. doulos31 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:36 pm
    I can tell you what they DON’T like to call: holding against the Patriots.

    Not to be that “conspiracy” guy or anything, but when Tom is on the field there is more leeway afforded to his blockers than anyone else in the league. Proof is on tape. 2nd half against the Jags, they were able to grab and pull whoever they needed to keep Tommy untouched…

    ———————————————————————

    I’m not sure I buy a lot of conspiracy theories, but you are right. There was a LOT of holding by the Pats OL that was not called in that game.

    Funny, I watched the same game and felt the same way about jags o line. Or is there a new rule that allows you to ride a defender by wrapping your arms around his neck from behind. At least that’s what the tape shows. The refs kept the jags in that game boys.

  11. halfcentaur says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:09 pm
    I can tell you what they DON’T like to call: holding against the Patriots.

    Not to be that “conspiracy” guy or anything, but when Tom is on the field there is more leeway afforded to his blockers than anyone else in the league. Proof is on tape. 2nd half against the Jags, they were able to grab and pull whoever they needed to keep Tommy untouched and the refs wouldn’t even flinch. Even that game clinching run on 3rd & 10, there was 1 or 2 blatant textbook holds that allowed the edge to be s

    Number of holding calls on Jacksonville O line in that game
    ZERO

  12. “Proof is on tape. 2nd half against the Jags, they were able to grab and pull whoever they needed to keep Tommy untouched and the refs wouldn’t even flinch. ”

    Oh please. They called zero holding calls on the Jags too. And during the first 2 scoring drives the Jags had there were multiple plays where the Jags Olinemen tackled and pushed Pats pass rushers to the ground from behind, and at least one play where a Jags Olineman had a Pats rusher in a choke hold from behind.

    They were letting the lines play all game long, both of them, not just the Pats.

    Your comment reflects a double standard by the way, or you would have also pointed out the Jags had no holds called on their line and got away with a lot also.

  13. halfcentaur says:

    February 2, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I can tell you what they DON’T like to call: holding against the Patriots.

    Not to be that “conspiracy” guy or anything, but when Tom is on the field there is more leeway afforded to his blockers than anyone else in the league. Proof is on tape. 2nd half against the Jags, they were able to grab and pull whoever they needed to keep Tommy untouched and the refs wouldn’t even flinch. Even that game clinching run on 3rd & 10, there was 1 or 2 blatant textbook holds that allowed the edge to be set.

    Touch one of Tommy’s receivers or god forbid Tom himself, and it’s laundry day on the field. But if you’re preventing someone from getting a hit on Tom, you basically have free reign to do whatever you gotta do. There’s your scouting report.

    No “conspiracy”, just blatant favoritism. You have to be blind not to see it.

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    Watch the Giants O-line holding on the Helmet catch again. There’s proof on that tape. And the Jags got a freebie on the Dion Lewis “fumble”. If Doug Baldwin’s “leg catch” was legit, and I believe it was, then Lewis didn’t fumble it. If you can pin the ball to your leg, you can pin it to your hip (or your helmet for that matter).

  14. LOL, yeah, the NFL who suspended Brady for 4 games for something disproven by middle-school science is carrying NE’s water.

    JACKSONVILLE COMMITTED MORE PENALTIES THAT’S WHY THEY GOT MORE FLAGS.

  15. So if one team is committing more penalties than the other, the refs should throw the same number of flags for both teams because it’s “fair”? What a bunch of snowflakes.

  16. I’m an Eagles fan and just looked up the accepted holding penalty stats for this year. The range was from 13 (Denver) to 32 (Miami) with the league average being 21. NE had 15 and the Eagles had 20, so hopefully this isn’t an issue. I’d actually rather the refs just let them play on Sunday.

  17. doulos31 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:36 pm
    I can tell you what they DON’T like to call: holding against the Patriots.
    Not to be that “conspiracy” guy or anything, but when Tom is on the field there is more leeway afforded to his blockers than anyone else in the league. Proof is on tape. 2nd half against the Jags, they were able to grab and pull whoever they needed to keep Tommy untouched…
    ———————————————————————
    I’m not sure I buy a lot of conspiracy theories, but you are right. There was a LOT of holding by the Pats OL that was not called in that game.

    —————-

    Jags had zero calls against their OL either. There were plenty of holds there too. It was called fairly.

  18. Translation: are the refs going to let us strangle Gronk on national television, or are we just going to have to use “hand checks” where two guys pin his arms down before the pass is even in the air.

  19. I see that the Patriots beat a lot of teams.

    I hear that talent, coaching, execution and disciplined play never have anything to do with it somehow.

    Oh well. Time to get back to clandestine ref payoffs, warm Gatorade, stolen playbooks, and whatever the balls are up to nowadays. You know, all the things that actually determine outcomes.

    Man do I feel bad for you guys.

  20. No “conspiracy”, just blatant favoritism. You have to be blind not to see it.
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    Really. You want to play that game. Ok. Forget the part where there were no holding calls on the Jags either. When the Jags were trying a comeback drive in the 4th, I saw a lineman push a Pat’s defender to the ground in front of Bortels (likely legal) then when that defender was getting up to tackle Bortles or maybe affect the pass he was blatently blocked in the back. Result… no call.

  21. The Eagles coaching staff is working hard to do everything that the Patriots coaching staff has done for years. I almost think there’s a leak on the Patriot side feeding information to the Eagles on what they should do like the extended break during practice to simulate halftime at the Super Bowl, and this issue with scouting the refs. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    Billy Billy let’s beat Philly!

  22. birdgang11 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:19 pm
    idislikespeciousness says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm
    Wait. An IC call wiped out a Patriots turnover in a playoff game? I thought NE got all the calls?
    __________

    The refs forced McNabb to throw a pick on the next play to make up for their mistaken call against the Pats.. duh lol

    ———————-
    So how did that work? The refs went over to McNabb and said “you have to throw a pick this next play” and McNabb just said “ok” and did it?

  23. lanman11 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    The Eagles coaching staff is working hard to do everything that the Patriots coaching staff has done for years. I almost think there’s a leak on the Patriot side feeding information to the Eagles on what they should do like the extended break during practice to simulate halftime at the Super Bowl, and this issue with scouting the refs. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    Billy Billy let’s beat Philly!
    _____________________________

    No need for there to be a leak. Both Long and Blount played in the SB for the pats last year and now play for the Eagles

  24. I’m very proud of this Eagles team and especially of Doug Pederson. He’s covering all of his bases as well he should. These may seem like trivial things to look at but it instills discipline into this team. He’s more than excelled in his position as coach. GO E A G L E S!

  25. Here’s all they need to know. They love calling fouls on whoever the Patriots are playing. They love NOT calling fouls on the Patriots. Good luck getting the game called fairly when you’re playing the Patriots. It won’t happen. There’s no point in even watching the game because it’s fixed. If the Eagles are winning, the refs will step in and take control of the game.

  26. If the Pats lose, Pats fans can always trot this out as proof the refs loved them some Eagles. Isn’t that how the backwards logic works of some of these posters?

  27. LOL at the whining about ref favoritism towards the Pats. For every call they got there is one that went against. Just like every team. Even if Pats fans were to agree to such a ridiculous notion it does little to change the fact the teams that didn’t get the call wilted and lost the game anyway. Raiders … Steelers … Jaguars … etc etc Suck it up and stop the Pats when it counts. They didn’t. They lost. You’re whining.

  28. 2014..When the Patriots were 4th in the league in penalties with 124-126..beat the seahawks in the SB…NEXT.Early in this year they were calling OPIs on gronk like crazy,he adjusted and 1000yds later is playing in the SB against a team that witten feasts on…good luck.

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