03-27-2012, 09:07 PM
ANSWER FOR NFL REPLAY REVIEW IS UP IN THE BOOTH (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/answer-for-n-f-l-replay-review-is-up-in-the-booth/?ref=football)

"All of the N.F.L. power players are in Florida for the owners’ meetings.
Being discussed, among other things, are possible rule changes for 2012 and
beyond. One proposal from the Buffalo Bills is for the replay process to be
confined to the booth. This idea is long overdue. It was <a href="http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/packers-raiders-too-long-for-replay-too-long-to-play/">written
about in the Fifth Down blog</a>in December after a replay procedure took over
10 minutes in a Raiders-Packers game.

Also on the table is a rule change that would mandate automatic replay for
all turnovers. Last year, the N.F.L. put in automatic reviews for all scoring
plays. Those reviews were often efficient and unobtrusive because…they were
confined to the booth! (Although they became annoyingly long whenever the booth
ruled that the head official needed to go under the hood for a closer

Finding a quick, painless way to review all turnovers is a good idea, but
here’s a better one: just make all plays automatically reviewable up in the
booth, and give the booth official the power to override any on-field call. This
is the direction the N.F.L. is going in anyway.<span id="more-102703"></span></p>

The understandable concern is prolonging the game. College football has an
out-of-control replay setup; every play is subject to booth review and each team
has one challenge. But the N.F.L. could instruct replay officials to be
judicious with their powers. The league could publicly trumpet its goal of
officiating perfection while privately telling the booth lords that it’s better
to have a minor missed call or two and maintain the flow of a game than to
nitpick for 3 hours 45 minutes.</p>

When you think about it, red challenge flags are dramatic and fun, but it’s
senseless to have a system that saddles a head coach with the responsibility of
monitoring his team and the officiating crew. Why should arguing calls
be a built-in element of strategy? In every sport, the goal with officials is to
make them unrecognizable. Having replays quickly take place automatically and in
a booth rather than in deliberate fashion on the field is the best way to do

With the turnover review rule change likely to receive the 75 percent of
votes needed to pass, just about every significant on-field situation would now
be subject to automatic review. By still leaving teams with a pair of challenges
(and a third if the first two are successful), the N.F.L. is just inviting
coaches to be more aggressive with their red flags. It would suddenly be less
harmful to, for example, challenge a 3-yard catch near the sideline.</p>

Referees are plenty prominent as it is. In a heavily-flagged game, they get
as much full screen time as the coaches and quarterbacks (which is why most
football fans now know who Ed Hochuli is). This needs to change. That can happen
with one final all-encompassing correction to the system: the automatic reviews
of all plays from the booth."</p>

03-28-2012, 10:45 AM
Sorry, but I disagree.</P>

I think the red flag is good for the teams to havebecause when the coach throws it, play stops. It prevents a team from running the next play before the play could be reviewed upstairs. </P>

Reviewing the plays upstairs instead of thebooth, I am all for. I am just not for taking away the red flag.We as fans would be screaming "WHERE'S THE REVIEW", instead of "THROW THE FLAG." With the flag we have someone to "blame" (the coach), where without it, it's just this mistery person somewhere "upstairs" who we hate.</P>

RagTime Blue
03-28-2012, 11:22 AM
OK, so people think turnovers should all be reviewed. . .what about "non-turnovers"? Aren't they just as important? What about spotting of the ball?

Teams should have a right to go to the line without worrying that EVERY SINGLE PLAY is going to be delayed by a review.

In my mind, the current system works well for blatant errors on the officials. Beyond that, just play the game. If the call was so close, you don't deserve it.

Does anyone hear old-time players complaining about missed calls (like back in the 1960's)?