From Jeff Triplette’s calls to Al Michaels’s frustration, NFL replay has another bad day
On the first day of the NFL playoffs, the last thing anyone wants to talk about is replay and officiating and yet here we are, back in the same place we’ve been so many times this season.
All of that was enough to pull the conversation away from the game itself after a season in which officials struggled to parse and apply the catch rule. Replay review by suits in New York has brought the game to a halt as its purpose is subverted from simply trying to make calls correctly and fairly. This is no longer officiating, it’s litigating and no one wants that, especially in the NFL’s biggest games of the season.
After a call went against his team two weeks ago, Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula admitted that owners have to fix this problem, which won’t help with the few remaining games. At that time, Pereira went on to note how irritating it is to have people in Park Avenue breaking down calls and undermining officials on location around the country.
Regarding the Buffalo no touchdown, nothing [is]more irritating to an official than to make a great call and then someone in a suit in an office in New York incorrectly reverses it, he tweeted. It is more and more obvious that there isn’t a standard for staying with the call on the field.
The Texans have the better offensive line and running game, at least at this point. But they’d have to admit their mistake last offseason in signing quarterback Brock Osweiler in free agency and work around Osweiler’s $18 million-per-season contract. The Broncos would have to put the development of young quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch on hold, although they perhaps could trade Siemian if Romo comes aboard.
Romo’s release changes nothing about the league-wide quarterback dynamic, unless he ends up in Denver and the Broncos trade Siemian. That could be solution to another team’s quarterback woes.