John Mara is skeptical replay will change

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If you were hoping the controversy in the NFC Championship Game would result in the use of instant replay on penalties, prepare to be disappointed.

That’s the word from Giants owner John Mara, who met with fellow Competition Committee members today and told reporters afterward that he’s “skeptical” the league can come up with any replay plan that will be approved by 24 owners. Rules changes require three-fourths of teams to vote for them.

After a missed pass interference penalty cost the Saints late in the NFC Championship Game, there’s been a growing call to expand instant replay to allow penalties that were missed on the field to be corrected in replay. But those calls aren’t coming from inside the Competition Committee.

It’s likely that some type of proposal for improving instant replay will be considered by ownership this offseason, but don’t expect three-fourths of those owners to approve a big change.

45 responses to “John Mara is skeptical replay will change

  1. Well, that’s the most depressing thing I’ve read today. Officiating has been a bleeding mess for years, and a Band-Aid won’t fix it. Leave it to NFL owners and the Competition Committee to be ridiculously out of step with reality and the fans. 😠

  2. Yeah.. Lets slow the game down even more for commercials. Sorry Saints but I hope it happens to you again next year… At which point you might be a missed call or two away from breaking even on your tainted SB win when your head coach got suspended for a year (which everyone seems to forget) for Bountygate.

  3. Can we maybe skip the usual comments about him … just to save bandwidth? They’re pretty tiresome anyway.

  4. NFL Competition Committee Members

    Rich McKay- Falcons

    John Mara- Giants

    Mark Murphy- Packers

    Stephen Jones- Cowboys

    Ozzie Newsome- Ravens

    Mike Tomlin- Steelers

    John Elway- Broncos

    Sean Payton- Saints

    I’ve always felt they should add one current player to the committee. I think a current players perspective is important when discussing these issues and making decisions.

  5. Lost in all this discussion is that the Redskins got royally robbed in the Houston game when a missed pass interference call cost them the game. Had the Skins won that game they would have been in playoff contention and had a reason to play and beat the Eagles in the last game of the season (at home!) Although we will never know for sure, I would like to believe that Josh Johnson, with a few more practices under his belt, would have acquitted himself better than did Goff in the Super Bowl, making for a more enjoyable game for all fans. A long-winded way of saying — let’s revamp the replay system.

  6. Obvious solution is Belichick’s “challenge anything” proposal. Enabling coaches to make a judgment call to expend one of their limited number of challenges to fix an obvious officiating error or other problem will be efficient and not prone to abuse, and will also make for added entertainment value when folks like Andy Reid or Pete Carroll try to make a snap cost-benefit analysis under late game pressure.

  7. Belichick has the right idea about replay. You have a limited number and, with indisputable visual evidence as the standard, a coach should be able to challenge any play or call he wants to. What does it matter which play or call he wants to review? Would also help cut some of the theatrics used by QBs and kickers. Also, the Saints/Rams call would have been much faster to get right than trying to determine where a runner was down in a mass of bodies.

  8. And Mara leads the Commissioner around by the nose.
    Congratulations on your upcoming losing season, Mr. Mara and all Giants fans.
    Last year’s draft screwed you guys for at least two more years. Second pick in the draft in a QB rich environment, let’s pick a running back.

  9. I don’t know why the pundits and scribes keep saying “missed call”. It wasn’t a missed call. The official saw the foul(s). It happened right in front of him. The official simply did not want to call what he saw. Thus an unworthy team went to the super bowl and we were treated to the worst super bowl ever played.

    How does replay fix that?

  10. Mara will change his tune when the Giants lose a big game due to missed call and replay would’ve fixed it. Although given their current situation, I don’t think they’ll be playing in any big games any time soon.

  11. Figures..they will leave it as it is so they can sway the outcomes of games like they always have. Too many reviews/challenges,etc. means less control over the outcome. Who cares if the games are longer? I’d rather the outcome of the games be legit and not swayed towards the more marketable teams that are always in the SB. If you don’t like commercials, too bad….go be with your kids or significant other for a few minutes…take a leak…whatever you need to do. Too many teams have been screwed in the past…lift the veil and not through beer goggles.

  12. I’m skeptical of the validity and integrity of the game. That no call was intentional…

  13. freefromwhatyouare says: “I’ve always felt they should add one current player to the committee. I think a current players perspective is important when discussing these issues and making decisions.”
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    Players and referees are often consulted with. For example, the sub-committee that changed the ‘catch rule’ included HOF Steve Largent & Tim Brown, as well as a few current receivers. Terry McCauley was also part of it from the officials point of view on mechanics of calling the play at game speed.

  14. It shouldn’t change.
    The game will never be perfect. You can either accept that now or change every rule along the way in the futile pursuit of perfection while burying the game under more and more rules, replays, reviews, and regulations.

  15. “Obvious solution is Belichick’s “challenge anything” proposal.”

    Yeah, lets come up with a rule that places absolutely no parameters to it. Challenge a missed false start, PI, HC too far on the field, ball spot. That won’t open any can of worms.

  16. 49ersfury says:

    I don’t know why the pundits and scribes keep saying “missed call”. It wasn’t a missed call. The official saw the foul(s). It happened right in front of him. The official simply did not want to call what he saw.

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    It happened right in front of two officials who didn’t call it, and there has never been a reasonable explanation for that. I’m not a conspiracy theorist and don’t believe games are fixed. But I’d like someone in the head office to explain how such a blatant foul in such an important game could be ignored by two officials and why no one in league ownership or management seems to want to address these issues. Are those two officials still employed by the NFL? None of this makes sense.

  17. “Mara will change his tune when the Giants lose a big game due to missed call and replay would’ve fixed it.”

    It’s happened multiple times. Probably to all teams.

  18. The so-called “unintended consequences” problem with a rule allowing no-calls to be reviewable can be easily remedied. Just don’t make the whole play reviewable. Such challenges can be limited by requiring head coaches to state specifically which SINGLE no-call during the play is being challenged. Nothing else about that play should be reviewable. For the umpteenth time, this approach wouldn’t needlessly lengthen an already long game because all of this can be governed by the limited number of challenges currently allowed. This sound approach can spare the league from any embarrassment on game-changing no-calls in the future.

  19. ghlatty says: “Belichick has the right idea about replay. You have a limited number and, with indisputable visual evidence as the standard, a coach should be able to challenge any play or call he wants to.”
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    And what is the “standard” pass interference? The WR/CB hand fighting all the way down the route? How about the WR very slightly pushes off just to give himself that extra two inches so the CB can’t tip the ball away? Will officials call every ticky-tacky penalty now because they know under instant replay slo-mo, it’s a foul by the letter of the law?

    Seriously, all this knee-jerk reaction without thinking about the actual consequences.

  20. iplaywheniwannaplay- how could anyone forget when we have people who continue to believe such foolishness? I still haven’t figured how Payton arranged to move the Vikings out of field goal range by putting 12 men in their huddle. Genius!

  21. Belichick has the right idea about Replay. – The NFL had better “Get with It” or Lose us Fans, forever! – Integrity of the Sport is Important! – We spend Tons of Money every year on the NFL. – We are thinking about “Boycotting” the NFL this coming season due to all the “Extremely Bad” Officiating during the Playoffs! – Major League Baseball wants are Money, too! …lol

  22. Roger Alamode says:

    February 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    And Mara leads the Commissioner around by the nose.
    Congratulations on your upcoming losing season, Mr. Mara and all Giants fans.
    Last year’s draft screwed you guys for at least two more years. Second pick in the draft in a QB rich environment, let’s pick a running back.
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    Because Saquan Barkley is just an average rb and and Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen are transcendent stars right? When your in a multi year rebuild there’s no reason to draft a qb who you hope can be average just to have your qb in place. If the qb is any good you end up picking in the middle of round 1 for years rather than the top and then your stuck paying big money to your qb before your team is really competitive.

  23. No Rule Changes! — We are “Cancelling” our NFL Season Tickets for next Season. – We will be Purchasing “Major League Baseball” Season Tickets. – We are Done with the NFL and will be “Boycotting” the NFL!

  24. jimmyjohns01 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 3:20 pm
    Mara will change his tune when the Giants lose a big game due to missed call and replay would’ve fixed it. Although given their current situation, I don’t think they’ll be playing in any big games any time soon.

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    Jokes on you. It already happens. All. The. Time.

    To. Every. Team.

  25. There’s just way too much money being bet on NFL games to let the players control the point spreads, etc. Just too much money. NFL football is still the best entertainment in the world, and by far the most watched TV programming. I don’t bet on games, so I don’t care. Even if you do gamble, I’ll bet you don’t mind when the refs hand you a win. Regardless, the NFL will continue it’s streak of breaking their own revenue records every year. I have no problem with that. I guess I could go out in my front yard and pull weeds on Sunday, but then I’d have to hear all the yelling and screaming coming from my neighbors who are watching the games. Cutting off my nose to spite my face doesn’t seem like a good idea. I’m all in on NFL football. We live in an imperfect world. Why hold the NFL to a higher standard than everything else? If any of you guys want something else to do, you can come over and pull my weeds.

  26. nflintegrity1 says:

    February 26, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    No Rule Changes! — We are “Cancelling” our NFL Season Tickets for next Season. – We will be Purchasing “Major League Baseball” Season Tickets. – We are Done with the NFL and will be “Boycotting” the NFL!
    ————
    Hold your fake animosity and threats. 1st off if you haven’t bought MLB season tickets yet your not going to since games start in a month. 2nd The price comparison is nowhere close. 3rd MLB regular season only overlaps football for about 3 weeks not including playoffs so even if you weren’t full of it you’d be back watching by week 4.

  27. the cost of a missed challenge is a lost timeout. let teams challenge anything as long as they have a TO to lose. officiating has become terrible and games shouldnt be lost because of it.

  28. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman a Nobel Prize winner for Economics. The book is a summary of decades of academic research, and concludes that we put far too much confidence in human judgement.

  29. Not one , but two officials, looking directly at the play, unobstructed view right in front of them.
    They refused to call either PI or helmet to Helmet, and then walk away with no discussion.
    Officials huddle together all the time to decide if the QB was out of the Tackle box for intentional grounding, if a DL was offsides, etc.
    No huddle to discuss if either foul warranted a flag.
    An honest and fair minded person would rightly be suspicious of this.

  30. ahzroc says: “No huddle to discuss if either foul warranted a flag.
    An honest and fair minded person would rightly be suspicious of this.”
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    There a video clip of the back judge looking at the side judge saying “bang bang” – meaning in his opinion it was close. In fact if you look at the replays from the top, the ball is just a foot away from the receiver at the initial contact.

    It was certainly a lot closer than all the screaming would suggest. I think people were getting fooled by the sideline camera angle when the football in coming at them and it seems the ball is just hanging in the air.

  31. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    February 26, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    Bunch of smart, rich guys deciding not to introduce a short-sighted change as a knee-jerk reaction to one really, really, really bad call.
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    Really? The league has made “short-sided” changes for less. MUCH less. In 2010, the rules for overtime were changed because the Saints won the OT coin toss and scored without Brett “Gunslinger” Favre ever getting to touch the ball. Now, in 2019, they want to allow each team to get a possession in OT even if the team with first possession gets a TD. Why? Because NOW we apparently can’t stand an overtime game to end without Patrick “gunslinger II” Mahomes ever getting to touch the ball. The NFL is ignoring obviously bad calls so that bankable players or teams don’t get denied a chance to weave their football magic on the field and drive up TV ratings and the massive amounts of TV money that follows….even if other players and teams get screwed over in the process. Once again, it’s just all about “the Benjamins”.

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