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Louisiana Governor calls for NFL to expand replay

First, a lawsuit over the Saints-Rams game. Now, a politician is getting in the act. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards sent NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a letter Tuesday, expressing his “deep disappointment” and calling for the league to expand replay. The Democratic governor was, of course, upset that officials didn’t call pass interference on Rams [more]

Rule 17 does not prevent Commissioner from taking action over judgment errors

Some have suggested (actually, insisted) that the exclusive authority given to the Commissioner in Rule 17 to rectify extraordinarily unfair results does not encompass judgment errors made by game officials. Those taking that position have relied on Rule 17, Section 2, Article 2. But while a quick and simple reading of Rule 17, Section 2, [more]

John Elway: Reviewing pass interference “won’t work”

Because the Saints just got jobbed out of a trip to the Super Bowl because of a missed pass interference call, and because we have 12 more days to fill until then, there will be plenty of talk about the feasibility of using replay review to fix an obvious problem for the NFL. While other [more]

Timing of initial hearing makes NFC title game do-over impossible

The chances of a court ordering the Commissioner to order a do-over of the end of the NFC Championship game were slim. The chances have now slid as a practical matter to none. Lawyer Frank D’Amico, who when he isn’t copying and pasting our content as a press release is recording videos that taunt Commissioner [more]

Rams-Saints outcome fuels lawsuit seeking a Rule 17 do-over

A Sunday night item explaining a rule that, in theory, gives the Commissioner the power to order a do-over as the remedy for extraordinary unfair outcomes apparently has fueled one lawsuit, and counting. Via WDSU.com, a New Orleans lawyer has filed a lawsuit seeking to compel Commissioner Roger Goodell to invoke Rule 17 of the [more]

End zone angle shows how bad the Rams-Saints non-call was

The coaches’ film from Sunday’s Rams-Saints game shows how badly out of position defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman was before the snap that ended in him blowing up receiver Tommylee Lewis. An angle of the play from a fan in the Superdome end zone shows how perfectly in position the official who failed to throw the [more]

Three Saints added to NFC Pro Bowl roster

The Saints saw their season come to an end in the NFC Championship Game, but three of the team’s players are set to play one more game in Orlando this Sunday. The team announced that running back Alvin Kamara, left guard Andrus Peat and right guard Larry Warford have been added to the NFC’s Pro [more]

Will Jerry Jones finally make a run at Sean Payton?

Last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made reference to opportunities that may arise next week when discussing his coaching staff. Well, next week is here. Some insist that Jones was referring not to coach Jason Garrett, but to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. The fact that the Cowboys fired Linehan last week would tend to undermine [more]

CFL replay rules could have saved the Saints

Everyone knows it was wrong. The NFL has suggested it will explore the possibility of correcting the wrongness in the future. Of course, a solution exists, and has worked — in Canada. John Kryk of the Toronto Sun does a good job of explaining the CFL’s version or replay rules in this story, an idea [more]

Gayle Benson essentially dares NFL to fine her

Saints coach Sean Payton easily could have teed off on the officials after Sunday’s NFC title-game loss, happily paying whatever fine came his way. He didn’t. On Monday, Saints owner Gayle Benson essentially dared the league office to impose a fine on her via a statement that, while not blistering on the surface, was the [more]

Sean McVay on missed call: Football is an imperfect game

The Los Angeles Rams will play in the Super Bowl in two weeks while the New Orleans Saints watch in large part due to Sunday’s missed pass interference call in the NFC Championship game. While his team benefited from the missed call on Sunday, Rams head coach Sean McVay says teams must control all they [more]

Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper named to Pro Bowl in place of Drew Brees, Michael Thomas

Quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper of the Dallas Cowboys were named to the Pro Bowl on Monday. Prescott and Cooper will take the place of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Michael Thomas, who bowed out of the game due to injuries. The trade of Cooper to Dallas from [more]

Report: NFC title game officials changed hotels after harassment

Walt Coleman will retire without having ever worked a Raiders game since being the referee in the “Tuck Rule” game 17 years ago. The officials who worked Sunday’s NFC Championship Game likely will not want to work a Saints game for a long, long time, if ever again. The officiating crew from the NFC title [more]

Teddy Bridgewater contemplating his future

Teddy Bridgewater made a free agent decision a year ago. It didn’t work out. Now, he gets a second chance. “Who knows how it will all play out?” Bridgewater said Monday, via Luke Johnson of the Times-Picayune. “I’m just taking it one day at a time and trying to swallow what happened yesterday. . . [more]

Gayle Benson: NFL must commit to providing fairness and integrity

Saints owner Gayle Benson has weighed in for the first time since Sunday’s overtime loss to the Rams ended her team’s season short of the Super Bowl. Much of the statement released through the team is focused on thanking the fans for their support in a season that was “especially meaningful” because they honored her [more]

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