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Week 12Quick calls: Week 12

Quick calls: Week 12

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12 thoughts on “Quick calls: Week 12

  1. Dino Paganelli is working as the back judge on Anderson’s crew today replacing Todd Prukop. Also, isn’t Veteri already on Triplette’s crew?

  2. Bad job on the officials of not blowing a play dead when a Seahawk with the ball was pushed back and held up by half the Steelers team until he fumbled. Forward momentum had clearly stopped, and we can’t let six guys continue to hold someone upright until they pry the ball out. A similar thing happened to Green Bay’s James Jones in the Denver game.

  3. Seattle gets an interception at the end of the game even through the defender doesn’t maintain possession all the way through the play… anyone know what a catch is or isn’t anymore? Cause I sure don’t.

  4. JW, I’m not sure how it _wouldn’t_ be an interception. How long do you have to hold the ball while rolling around on the ground? Or is the play somehow not over when they hit the ground? Steelers receiver didn’t even get his arm in there until long after they were down….

  5. BPM–I don’t think it would be an interception if Kam C. didn’t have control of the ball as he went out of bounds (just like the Steelers receiver who bobbled the ball as he went out of bounds). He clearly lost it when he was out–was it firmly in his control before then? I’m guessing that the “call stands” had to do with the lack of evidence–the ball wasn’t really visible as KC hit the ground.

  6. The defensive holding game in the OAK-TEN game that extended a drive seemed very dubious, and a very poor time to call a small infraction. OAK had just failed to convert a 4th down, essentially ending the game but then defensive holding, away from the action or even focus of the QB was called. OAK scored later on that drive.

  7. 2 plays concerning the Steelers/Seahawks game bugged me yesterday. Richard Sherman clearly initiates contact past the 5 yds allowed (about 15 yds downfield) which knocks Antonio Brown down and results in an easy interception. Penalty would have given Steelers the ball back. Instead, Seahawks keep the ball and on the ensuing drive Timmons is flagged for a late hit on Wilson while he was still inbounds (confirmed by replay). Side judge standing right there did not throw a flag but the Referee came in after and threw the flag. What’s up with that? If not Wilson(QB), is penalty called? Penalty stands and Seahawks score TD on the drive.

  8. I’ve watched and read about all of the games you have referenced. I’m just wondering if any of you saw the ridiculousness in the Colts Buccaneers game? I’ve never been one to blame a loss on referees. But that game was one of the worst referee-ing performances I have ever seen in my life.

  9. The Chargers appeared to get a free first down at the end of the second quarter against the Jags. Instead of 3rd & 1 at the 13 after the Chargers called timeout, it was 1st & 10 at the 12. Has anyone acknowledged this? Not a game changers, but bush league nonetheless.

  10. There is now some reporting coming out of NE about Gronk and OPI. Specifically, that he “rarely extends his arms” (and they are coaching him that way)–and the Pats are therefore mystified about the number of calls against him.

    ESPN version of the story here: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4788137/josh-mcdaniels-on-rob-gronkowski-very-rarely-if-ever-extends-his-arms

    After browsing the rule book and “So You Think You Know…” all I come up with is that this is a very grey area.

    Is there anyone with a more clear take on whether what Gronk did in Q4 of the Broncos game was in fact a good OPI call or not?

  11. What we have in NE-DEN 4th time-out situation? Neither players nor coaches don’t know the rules perfectly. That is the main problem! We can accept that situation for the fans or tv-commentators but not for professionals involved in a game. Why Corrente should explain the rules to mr. Belichick? What else officials should explain? How to snap? What is the line of scrimmage? How not to deflate? The holding rule? Or may be a tuck rule?
    There are two type of referees in the NFL: silence refs and talking refs. Silencers don’t talk at all (“the ruling staaaaaands”) which is understandably blamed by the loosing side . The second one such as Hochuli, Corrente or Steratore every time try to explain the ruling. And they do it brilliantly. But every time they explain there is someone who called them bla-bla-heads or cryed to shut up. So you talk or you do not talk you are always a problem.
    The Corrente’s case happened because he have announced the excess TO trying to explain whats happened. And they blamed him for that (because if he didn’t they don’t thought it was a TO), they blamed him for naming it a TO (no matter it is called so by the rules), they blamed him for not explaining the rules, for not hearing the starting whistle by themselves, for not knowing the rules by themselves.
    So. Till you are a NFL referee you will be blaming for everything from the loosers.

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