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    ANSWER FOR NFL REPLAY REVIEW IS UP IN THE BOOTH

    "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
    inspection.)</p>


    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
    that.</p>


    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>
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    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>

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      Re: ANSWER FOR NFL REPLAY REVIEW IS UP IN THE BOOTH

      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)?

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