NFL will interview Vernatchi as part of clock-error probe

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In the aftermath of Monday night’s bizarre error in the Steelers-Chargers game, which saw the official clock start at a time when it was stopped and should have remained stopped, the NFL is doing more than suspending side judge Rob Vernatchi and downgrading the rest of referee Pete Morelli’s crew.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL will be bringing Vernatchi in for a formal interview.

While the NFL has nothing more to say beyond the contents of Thursday’s statement, it appears that the NFL is officially investigating the incident. On one hand, that’s a new approach for the NFL; clock errors happen from time to time, without suspensions or investigations. On the other hand, the NFL’s handling of the #DeflateGate scandal has created an expectation that the league will explore situations that suggest the possibility of foul play.

That’s not to say foul play happened. But there has to be a reason the clock started when it was stopped and should have remained stopped, a reason for the fact that 18 second elapsed before the clock was stopped, a reason the officials didn’t notice the situation, and a reason the clock operator did nothing to alert anyone about the error.

Unlike #DeflateGate, the NFL shouldn’t presume guilt and work backward. Still, it’s important that the NFL determine whether this was an accident or something more than that.

Per the source, the NFL Referees Association will send a representative to the Vernatchi interview. The NFLRA has not responded to a request for comment on the Vernatchi suspension or the investigation.

17 responses to “NFL will interview Vernatchi as part of clock-error probe

  1. Will he be required to turn over his personal cell phone and records of his calls? Lol

  2. Goodell will go down as the worse Commissioner ever. Maybe.

    Even though he makes money for the owners, he cannot control the intangibles of the game.

    The funny part is, he could be avoiding all this crap if he surrounded himself and the NFL Office with people that have a clue.

    Either he won’t do that or anyone with any self worth won’t work for him.

    The owners need to lose him or at the very least have him redraft his fantasy team.

  3. They should also investigate into why the clock did not move at all prior to the end of the first half when Rivers took a snap and threw a quick pass out of bounds to the left flat. The clock remained at 12 seconds.

  4. no one is going to investigate why Atlantas last TD against the Redskins was allowed to stand even though the play clock was at ZERO before the ball was snapped?

  5. Between these never before seen inquiries into their own officials, and the fantasy gambling issues, the feds must be getting really close to some truths into this corrupt league.

    The NFL is a sham.

  6. enoughofthatalready says:
    Oct 15, 2015 8:02 PM

    They should also investigate into why the clock did not move at all prior to the end of the first half when Rivers took a snap and threw a quick pass out of bounds to the left flat. The clock remained at 12 seconds
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    I noticed that also so I went to the official play-by-play and it shows the pass play starting at the 14 second mark and ending at the 12 second mark.

  7. I blame ESPN. Mort and Schefter did it on purpose so they would have another week of controversy to talk about. Jaworski is innocent in all of this because it’s not about Rodgers, Brady or Manning.

  8. It is amazing how many excuses whiny Patriots fans can find to complain about deflategate. Somewhere there are stories about puppies and flowers, and Patriots fans finding some way to illustrate how Brady was mistreated in the comment sections.

  9. About time the refs are held accountable. I would like to see more refs become full time employees so they wouldn’t look so much like the three stooges on the field.

  10. Having fully alienated many players with his capricious form of punishment, Goodell has now moved onto the refs.

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