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Replay successes are inching back up toward 50%

2016 final replay statistics

For the second year in a row, the replay reversal rate among head coaches has climbed following a steep drop coinciding with the introduction of connecting the referee to the New York command center in 2014. The success of the red flag has not yet exceeded, or even reached, the halfway point like in years prior to 2014, but coaches are nearing that mark, finishing over 48% in a the regular-season reversal rate of calls made on the field.  

Update 2/6: Including the postseason, the total was  one failed challenge under 50 percent. The final challenge of the season was two plays before the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, which confirmed the call on the field.

Five coaches who will no longer be with their respective teams for the 2017 season placed at the top of the list among all coaches, winning more than half of their challenges from the year. Notably, Gary Kubiak, who has stepped down as the head coach of the Broncos, challenged and won four time this season — the highest perfect record in the last four seasons. On the other hand, coaches who made the postseason ranked near the top or the bottom of the list. Bill Belichick, Jack Del Rio, Dan Quinn, and an improving Ron Rivera are among the best challengers, while Bill O’Brien, Ben McAdoo, and Mike Tomlin are down at  the bottom. Only two coaches challenged ten or more times this year, and neither of those teams (Eagles and Rams) made the playoffs. Conversely, in 2015, the most frequent red flag tossers were in the postseason.  Los Angeles interim coach John Fassel was the only one of the three interim coaches to make any challenges.  

Ironically, Marvin Lewis, a member of the Competition Committee who had six reversals last season, finished 2016 as the only coach shut out this season with three unsuccessful tries.

Jason Garrett and Andy Reid, whose coaching staffs led the NFC and AFC, respectively, in the Pro Bowl each challenged once during the all-star game. Garrett won his challenge and Reid lost his. The replay official also buzzed down for a ruling review near the end of the game that stood.

The rate of reversals by replay officials has fluctuated over the last four seasons. Successful reviews initiated by the booth are down slightly this year compared to 2015.

   Coach       Reversals Challenges Success % Postseason Challenges Overall %
1 Gary Kubiak † DEN 4 4 1.000         
2 Bill Belichick * NE 1 1 1.000 0 0 1.000
3 Ron Rivera    CAR 4 5 .800         
   Mike McCoy † SD 3 4 .800         
5 Gus Bradley † JAX 5 7 .714         
6 Jack Del Rio * OAK 4 6 .667 0 1 .571
   Dan Quinn * ATL 2 3 .667 4 5 .750
   Adam Gase *  ¹ MIA 2 3 .667 0 0 .667
9 Doug Pederson  ¹ PHI 7 11 .636         
10 Todd Bowles    NYJ 5 8 .625         
11 Mike McCarthy * GB 3 5 .600 0 0 .600
   Chip Kelly † SF 3 5 .600         
   Jay Gruden    WAS 3 5 .600         
14 Rex Ryan † BUF 5 9 .556         
15 Chuck Pagano    IND 3 6 .500         
   Mike Zimmer    MIN 3 6 .500         
   Jim Caldwell * DET 2 4 .500 0 0 .500
18 Sean Payton    NO 4 9 .444         
19 Pete Carroll * SEA 3 7 .429 1 1 .500
20 John Harbaugh    BAL 2 5 .400         
   Hue Jackson    CLE 2 5 .400         
— Replay booth    NFL 66 177 .373 5 11 .378
22 John Fox    CHI 2 6 .333         
   Jason Garrett * DAL 1 3 .333 0 0 .333
   Andy Reid * KC 1 3 .333 0 0 .333
   Ben McAdoo *  ¹ NYG 1 3 .333 0 0 .333
   Mike Tomlin * PIT 1 3 .333 1 2 .400
   Dirk Koetter  ¹ TB 1 3 .333         
28 Jeff Fisher † LA 3 10 .300         
29 Bill O’Brien * HOU 1 4 .250 0   0   .250  
   John Fassel †  â€¡ LA 1 4 .250         
31 Bruce Arians    AZ 1 5 .200         
32 Mike Mularkey    TEN 1 7 .143         
33 Marvin Lewis    CIN 0 3 .000         
— Anthony Lynn † ‡ BUF 0 0            
— Doug Marrone ‡ JAX 0 0            
— Coach’s total       84 172 .488 6 9 .497

(2015 final replay statistics) Totals including the replay official: 160/359, .446  (regular season and postseason)
 ¹-First-year head coach, not including interim assignments. *-Playoff team. †-No longer with team or head coach. ‡-Interim coach. Source: NFL game statistics, regular season only.

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Cameron Filipe
Cam Filipe is a graduate student at Boston University and has been involved in football officiating for ten years. Cam is entering his second season as a high school football official. This is his seventh season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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  1. Not a surprise, the NFL officials are the best of the four major pro sports and it’s not even close .

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