Troy Vincent: Pipeline of officials for sky judge job is a challenge

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Among the proposed rules changes that NFL team owners will be considering this week are a pair that deal with the addition of an eighth official who would have access to video and be able to communicate with the officials on the field in order to catch any obvious missed calls.

The Competition Committee has endorsed further analysis of the proposal and there’s been a lot of talk about a preseason trial of what’s often referred to as a sky judge. One reason why things seem unlikely to go further this year was laid out by NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent in an interview with Peter King for Football Morning in America.

“The concept of the eighth man in the booth has some merit,” Vincent said. “But we just don’t have the pipeline [of officials] today. Can we get there? Yes. But today, it could be a challenge.”

Another reason came when Vincent explained why the one-year experiment with pass interference replay review wasn’t extended. Vincent said the league failed because they rushed to implement the rule and you “can’t rush and just shove something in there without knowing all the consequences.”

The desire to have a mechanism in place to ensure that no egregious calls are missed has remained through that failure, but it may be some time before it is fully implemented.

4 responses to “Troy Vincent: Pipeline of officials for sky judge job is a challenge

  1. “But we just don’t have the pipeline [of officials] today.
    So how did the XFL pull it off? They did it and it worked seamlessly. The XFL wasn’t perfect, but they got a lot of things right. I liked the transparency of showing the replay officials watch the replays and hearing how they got to their conclusions…And the kickoff alternative they had looked like a decent compromise to keep the kickoff as part of the game…if a startup league could figure all this stuff on their own, surely even a little mom and pop operation like the NFL could find the resources to make it happen…

  2. It doesn’t matter. We saw last year that the review system is flawed because of the people conducting it. The made such a mess out of it last year that it was a total joke. Who actually believes it’s going to be any better this year?

    They need to demand full-time officials and have a pool of extra officials. Then, only give them one-year contracts that renew every year. That way when they make some of the terrible calls like last year then remove them from the rotation. If they make lousy calls, they don’t get paid. Maybe that’ll give them some incentive to call the game correctly instead of making some of the egregious errors like they made last year.

    Nothing is going to fix it unless you fix the buffoons in stripes.

  3. Just let coaches challenge ANYTHING they want. Calls or non-calls. Why limit what can and can’t be challenged?

  4. You’ve got entire teams of people ready to go – every TV network that broadcasts games could be up and running with very little time and effort.

    Personally, I think they like it the way it is. Blown calls lead to controversy and keeps people talking. Which means more dollars in their pockets.

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