Who will show leadership on replay expansion?

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The storm clouds are hovering regarding the question of expanding replay in order to avoid a recurrence of the uncorrected bad call that marred the NFC Championship.

In one corner, the folks who realize that a failure to improve procedures can create all sort of problems for the league, in an age of legalized gambling and, come 2020 if not sooner, enhanced governmental regulation of private business. In the other corner, those who regard the incident as a freak event, a 100-year storm that won’t happen again during their lifetimes.

The right approach is to implement a fix. The question is whether the league will do the right thing on Tuesday.

And the biggest question within that question is whether someone will show leadership when the time comes to take up the subject among the league’s owners.

The Commissioner would be the obvious person to do it. But with his career moving toward a conclusion and with his political capital arguably better saved for negotiating a new labor deal and new TV contracts, there may not be a desire to roll up sleeves and clunk heads together on something that most likely won’t repeat itself during his remaining tenure, however long (or short) it may be. It’s a problem, as a practical matter, for the next Commissioner.

But it’s also a problem for the current 32 franchises. And if the Commissioner won’t be twisting arms to get there right thing done, a push from within ownership becomes critical. For Tuesday, that’s the question that lingers in the hot, dry (still hot even if dry) air of Arizona: Who will make the owners realize the business and political dangers of complacency and inaction on this critical issue?

As Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday, inaction means that “ownership is saying they’re comfortable with what happened.” Ownership shouldn’t be. When the owners get in the room on Tuesday, one or more of them will need to be willing to push back against those who scoff at the idea that recent history will repeat itself.

40 responses to “Who will show leadership on replay expansion?

  1. Interesting how one can only “show leadership” by doing what one side wants. Is there not another side of this argument (or many?) that are valid?

    Perhaps showing leadership would mean NOT infiltrating the game we love with constant replays and stoppages.

  2. “The right approach is to implement a fix. The question is whether the league will do the right thing on Tuesday.” Once again, only Florio dictates what the “right thing” is?

  3. “Not everyone agrees with you Mike Florio.”
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    Do you ever notice that Florio thinks the only way to think about anything is the way he thinks?

  4. Blah blah replay, blah blah compensatory picks, blah blah…..

    Just let it go for heavens’ sake

  5. I will fix it for you. End replay unless it is the 4th quarter. Better yet limit it to the last 2 minutes of a game but allow coaches 2 challenges for anything while still allowing officials to use replay but only in those 2 minutes.

    This idea that one call or one non call effects the outcome of an entire game is a made up creation of people that regularly bet on games and don’t get the outcome they were expecting or wanting or just fans that don’t like the outcomes and need something to pin the blame on. The closer to the beginning of the game the bad no call or call was made the more ludicrous the idea that it affected the outcome more than anything else that happened. If you want to argue that bad calls or no calls right at the end of the game have more of a chance to impact a game you have a little better argument.

    Replay by the networks is just part of the technological growth of the game but its use by officials is not making things better and even more officiated replay options is only going to make it much worse not better.

  6. It is actually quite simple. Make all plays reviewable and allow coaches to throw the challenge flag on all plays.

    Done…BB has only been proposing that like….forever!!!

    And pilon cameras…

    No need for sky jusges…no need for high tech…you got a timeout…throw the red flag…

    Full stop.

  7. Watch the play again. The fact that the defender was able to interfere with the receiver well before the ball got there tells you the pass was awful to begin with. If the corner had his head turned, that might be going the other way for six.

    If that wasn’t enough proof that Brees was awful in that game, he threw that pick in overtime. Let it go.

  8. And allow coaches to throw the damn flag when they want…could never understand the two minute warning thing!!!

  9. Legalized gambling will not create issues for the NFL. Why? Because with legalized gambling this is a hard and fast paper trail. It would be so easy to connect the dots and anyone involved in a game that would even try that would just be burying themselves. The black market gambling is and will always be there and if there are any shady adventures, that’s where they will occur. If you are worried about gambling you become more strict with disclosures in regards to your officials and league employees.
    But again this is just another article that postures poor opinion as undeniable fact.

  10. There’s no perfect fix. Every suggested fix has some pretty major downstream effects that aren’t great for the game. I’m not saying that nothing should ever change, but rushing into something just to show they’re not satisfied isn’t a smart approach.

    Officiating is, was, and always will be imperfect. No amount of replay and extra officials is going to change that.

  11. Making everything challengeable will not fix all the problems. Because next year a call will occur late in a big game and the opposing coach will have no more challenges left and it will stand. Then next offseason that coach and his owner will be grandstanding for more challenges so that “this never occurs again to our poor team”. It’s a rabbit hole that you will never find the end of.

  12. Florio is right. The rules and what passes for enforcement of them are unsustainable as they now exist. The NFL is rapidly becoming WWE. The owners need to show that they realize that and are willing to make changes to bring some integrity to the officiating process. I won’t tune in on Sundays to see a reality show, and if they can’t provide competent officiating and a level playing field, that’s all the games will be.

  13. jman967

    Agree it’s not a perfect solution, the case you mention being a prime example where this would not ‘fix’ the egregious errors that everyone I believe would like to abolish.

    But it does promote a culture of rigor. Use your timeouts wisely and if you’re sure about that red flag…you don’t loose it!

  14. I do find it cute that there are people who believe the NFL could expand replay and NOT make things worse than they already are. These guys have never, since the dawn of replay, been able to hold themselves to the “clear and obvious” standard. Think things can’t get any worse? Just wait until there’s a 5-10 minute delay as New York finds some phantom penalty that changes the outcome of a game.

  15. Fans of big market teams want to see their wresting teams be granted tainted wins. See above.

  16. Hail Mary plays will determine games.

    Add this to the 4th and 15 onside and football will officially be a new game.

  17. @Jose
    Which is the same thing that’s done now.
    I’m not in favor of expanding replay for judgment calls. I’m not in favor of expanding replay to call penalties. It will not solve all the problems and by your own admission, we will be right back where we are now, admitting that there are still problems. Unless you take every human decision out of the game, there will be errors. It’s part of every sport. To remove the human equation removes the sport from itself.
    I’m not going to side with a coach who benefitted from poor calls in one game and decides when they go against him it all must change.

  18. Been a fan for a long time – Have had my Packers on the good side of calls (Dez Bryant) and bad side of calls (Seahawks)…

    With that being said, this past year was ridiculous with all the penalties and replays. At the end of the day you can’t have a replay or a penalty on every single play – you have to draw the line somewhere. I don’t have a solution for that but I like the idea of having an “Eye in the Sky” to make judgement calls taking it off of the guys on the field.

    Regardless, I love all the comments about Florio loving himself some Florio… Starting to smell like a NFL version of Jim Acosta

  19. Your article sounds like you view there as being only two things in this world “What you think” and “wrong”. But thats a consusing of opinion for fact. And whats happened here is that among the voters too many disagree with you so your opinion is not prevailing. In a case like this where one feels the majority is wrong and wants someone to take charge of the campaign to convince them the duty typically falls to the person that wants to see minds changed. So go for it and the best wishes for good luck in the endeavor.

  20. Since PI is always a judgmental call, with human error inevitable and the level of human error is based on how bad the pundits need clicks. Florio wants to eliminate the possibility of human error through replay so the best option is simply to end the NFL because there will always be discontent no matter what. Another option would be to get rid replay, the owners could save a little cash so they would be happy.

    Whatever is done will be a stupid idea no matter what, but I think most are in agreement one simple fix is to do away with the 50 plus year old refs (World Cup soccer has a 45 year old max, because their ability to keep up and call the game drops off kind of like 28 seems to be the end of RB’s) and hire full time refs that train year around, hell you could set-up a farm system with refs all the way down to junior high, Mike Pereira has a great program for Vets. Maybe having a drill sergeant as the head ref might be a good idea.

  21. Everything inside 2 minutes should be reviewable…certainly in a darn championship game!

  22. As Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday, inaction means that “ownership is saying they’re comfortable with what happened.” Ownership shouldn’t be.
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    I respect Coach Payton for acknowledging the non-call of the facemask committed by his defense.

  23. “Your article sounds like you view there as being only two things in this world “What you think” and “wrong”. But thats a consusing of opinion for fact. And whats happened here is that among the voters too many disagree with you so your opinion is not prevailing.”
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    This! You win the Internet today sir!

  24. Part of the damn problem is the constant whining of Payton. He still wants the play overturned and the game replayed! What a dumb ash! Bad calls , questionable calls and or missed calls have been part of this sport for many many decades! It is and should be accepted as one of the many uncontrollable variables related to professional football. ” We should have won that game! We were cheated! That’s not fair!” Those are the words of 12 year olds playing sandlot .

  25. tinye67 says:
    March 26, 2019 at 9:20 am
    “Not everyone agrees with you Mike Florio.”
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    Do you ever notice that Florio thinks the only way to think about anything is the way he thinks?
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    People insist expanding replay isn’t the answer which conveniently dismisses the fact that it is the current answer. Unless you missed it, replay has been instituted by the NFL and it’s constituents some time ago and has not changed much since that happened. I fail to see how an article that highlights it’s administered flaws dismisses the possibility of other options. It’s merely holding a spotlight on the current solution. Probably to help motivate the owners and a fan base that absolutely refuses to hold the NFL accountable for the crappy product it’s quickly becoming.

  26. Florio is right. It’s time to bring the game into the 21st Century. Technology is now, and has been available to correct this damning call and others, with a replay booth. It will speed up the game, as well.

  27. Florio sounds like he’s about ready to lead the replay expansion protest,

    NOT MY REPLAY SYSTEM! NOT MY REPLAY SYSTEM!

    Oh, and as someone who gambles regularly, for years now, I can sit on my couch and in every game just about there will be a missed call or a flag not thrown that if you go back and look at it once the game ends, it could have flipped the game and the spread. So let’s not try and hide behind ‘gambling issues with bad calls’ as a need for a fix … don t gamble if you are worried about things like that, after all it is a GAMBLE.

    Keep crying with Payton, NO and whoever else tho Florio … it’ll probably eventually pay off, knowing the way things work these days.

  28. The right approach is to implement a fix.
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    Very debatable. I like being able to replay where there is a flag thrown. But allowing any non-flagged play to be challenged is not a good idea. Hail mary? Throw the challenge flag, bound to have been some contact downfield. Other sports are dealing with unintended consequences also. Hockey, goal gets scored. Other teams says hold on now, that guy was offsides like 30 seconds before the goal. Goal reversed. Baseball, guy slides into bag at 2nd. Safe. Hold on now, his momentum took him off the bag for a millisecond while my guy still had the tag applied. Runner out.

  29. I Understand The Catch Rule says:
    March 26, 2019 at 2:57 pm
    Florio sounds like he’s about ready to lead the replay expansion protest,

    NOT MY REPLAY SYSTEM! NOT MY REPLAY SYSTEM!

    Oh, and as someone who gambles regularly, for years now, I can sit on my couch and in every game just about there will be a missed call or a flag not thrown that if you go back and look at it once the game ends, it could have flipped the game and the spread. So let’s not try and hide behind ‘gambling issues with bad calls’ as a need for a fix … don t gamble if you are worried about things like that, after all it is a GAMBLE.

    Keep crying with Payton, NO and whoever else tho Florio … it’ll probably eventually pay off, knowing the way things work these days.
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    So in short, keep the same crappy flawed (which you even admitted to) system.

    Deflecting this as crying won’t change the fact that complacency won’t solve those flaws either.

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