League admits error on Derek Carr quick whistle

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The weekly officiating video is getting slightly more useful. Or slightly less useless.

This week’s video includes an acknowledgement by senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron that referee Walt Anderson blew the whistle too quickly on a sack of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr that resulted in an apparent fumble.

The ruling on the field was that Carr’s forward progress had been stopped.

“This is not forward progress,” Riveron said in the video. “Obviously, this is a fumble. We should not have blown the whistle.”

It appears that Anderson simply didn’t see the ball squirt up and over Carr’s left shoulder, presuming instead that the ball was still in Carr’s possession.

The error didn’t ultimately impact the game. The Raiders punted on the next play, and within several plays after that the Browns scored a touchdown.

Recent videos by Riveron have not admitted officiating errors. Former referee Terry McAulay, now an NBC rules analyst, said last month on the #PFTPM podcast that the habit of calling out mistakes can impact morale among the roster of NFL game officials.

35 responses to “League admits error on Derek Carr quick whistle

  1. “Former referee Terry McAulay, now an NBC rules analyst, said last month on the #PFTPM podcast that the habit of calling out mistakes can impact morale among the roster of NFL game officials.”

    True professionals take criticism with a grain of salt and use it to improve their craft. The league should be more worried about improving officiating than the feelings of people getting paid over 10k a week to do their job.

  2. Oh no, wouldn’t want to hurt the officials feelings. I can’t recall a season in history where the officiating was so blatantly biased and incompetent. Not even the replacement refs were this horrendous.

  3. Just an example of how the NFL was determined to give Gruden a win as part of Project Vegas. It might have had a huge impact like the one denying Browns that 1st down to close out the game.

  4. At first I thought to myself, what would he not admit the mistake. Then the past month flashed before my eyes and I realized that yes this is indeed a big deal story.

  5. streetyson says:
    October 5, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Just an example of how the NFL was determined to give Gruden a win as part of Project Vegas. It might have had a huge impact like the one denying Browns that 1st down to close out the game.
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    The league, as a rule, does not help the Raiders in any way, shape, or form. Every NFL fan with a clue knows this….

  6. These refs are the best in the world. Remember when we couldn’t wait until we got them back during the strike? Have any of you been to a high school game lately? I don’t need super slow motion replay to see their mistakes, like I do the NFL refs. It’s actually amazing how well the refs really are. If you people are focusing too much attention on the refs, and these are the greatest in the world at their craft, you’re missing out on some really awesome football. Patrick Mahomes. Saquon Barkley. Alvin Kamara. Trubisky and the Bears. Andrew Luck is back and playing well. Drew Brees. Tom Brady making history. Jon Gruden back in the saddle. And ya’ll are talking about officials? Wow!

  7. Referees should be held accountable, but not fined. They’re human, and at that speed, mistakes are gonna happen. Balls are gonna be called strikes and strikes are gonna be called balls. Lighten up.

    Meanwhile, Gruden will continue to whine about the correctly called tuck rule, and forget about this gift.

  8. I hate seeing games affected by bad calls.

    On the other hand, if it was so easy to get better refs, the league probably would have done so years ago. The truth is officiating football is very hard. There is a lot going on and you might not be positioned exactly in the right place, or there might be someone blocking you. Refs at lower levels are probably A LOT worse.

    It doesn’t make it ok to make mistakes, but realize its very hard to be a good ref.

  9. “the habit of calling out mistakes can impact morale among the roster of NFL game officials”

    Wah! They’re professionals and they’re supposed to get it right. If they can’t be called out for their mistakes, then they shouldn’t be considered professionals.

  10. Yes it did impact the game. A defensive turnover ran back for a touchdown and a force punt and offensive score ARE NOT EQUAL in terms of momentum shifting in the game. It changed the entire dynamic of the game.

  11. What are the statistics on game changing calls and or no-calls that aren’t commented on by this VP Riveron vs the ones he admits were errors yet didn’t affect the game

    It may be his way if saying “Harmless error “🙄

  12. These people are a disgrace, but worse yet in the administration that continues to employ them. No ref should be over 50. Sorry, too slow on the feet and the eyes are shot.

  13. I remember the day when officials were basically invisible for the great portion of the game, and especially during the last few minutes of a close game. Rue for that day…

  14. yes it was a bad call….anybody saying it would have scored a td, needs to watch the play again. Jalen Richard would have tackled him between the 25, and 30 yard line….big boys lumbering down the field is great to watch, but they go down ever so easy. On the other hand Marshawn Lynch quick whistle took a td a way…he had nothing but green grass in front of him.

    as far as still whining about the carlos hyde over turn, there has been conclusive pictures from the side angle that confirmed he was short. The only thing tv showed was from up field. …bottom line the refs sucked, great game, go but some kleenex , dry your eyes, and move on. Browns and Raiders both need to win

  15. The whistle blower didn’t see the ball come out. Replay should have awarded the Browns the ball at the point of recovery. College wouldn’t have allowed this to happen.

  16. Autumn Wind says:
    October 6, 2018 at 3:14 pm
    It didn’t matter anywa. Raiders punted and Browns scored.
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    You obviously have no clue about the factor that MOMENTUM plays in a game. The Raiders knew they got away with one yet again and it gave them life.

  17. joebarfalo says:
    October 5, 2018 at 8:31 pm
    Since the Raiders have been screwed by incompetent officiating more often than I care to rehash please excuse me for not shedding a tear.
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    Nobody sheds a tear for a 55 ID username troll.

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