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Week 1 officiating field report

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  1. What’s it going to take for Al Riveron to be fired? His replay decisions are inexcusably bad. The DPI challenge by Tampa Bay is one. That’s Pass Interference 101, and Riveron blew it.

    Another call you should post about is the badly, badly blown “confirm” on the clear incomplete pass at the end of the Bengals-Seahawks game.

  2. @Denis

    One was. One wasn’t. He got both of them wrong.

    Here’s the one that was called, despite it being uncatchable:

    https://twitter.com/NFLOfficiating/status/1170801389494243331

    He’s the one that wasn’t called, despite the defender running into the receiver and grabbing the receivers arms while not playing the ball at all:

    https://twitter.com/NFLOfficiating/status/1170863317826572289

    Here’s another head-scratcher:

    https://twitter.com/NFLOfficiating/status/1170779473157009410

  3. @Denis

    There were two in that game, both incorrect.

    First review, overturned to DPI despite it appearing to be uncatchable. Bad overturn:
    https://twitter.com/NFLOfficiating/status/1170801389494243331

    Second review, no DPI call stands despite clear evidence of contact and arm grabbing by a defender making no attempt to play the ball:
    https://twitter.com/NFLOfficiating/status/1170863317826572289

    Bonus clip, Jets TD wiped out by an OPI call on a receiver simply running a route:
    https://twitter.com/NFLOfficiating/status/1170779473157009410

    Clips like the ones above in addition to the Confirm call on what was clearly an incomplete pass by Dalton at the end of the game are clear evidence that Riveron has no idea what he’s doing. It’s a continuation of what he’s already shown the past two years.

  4. There were two in that game, both incorrect.

    First review, overturned to DPI despite it appearing to be uncatchable. Bad overturn:
    https://twitter.com/NFLOfficiating/status/1170801389494243331

    Second review, no DPI call stands despite clear evidence of contact and arm grabbing by a defender making no attempt to play the ball:
    https://twitter.com/NFLOfficiating/status/1170863317826572289

    Bonus clip, Jets TD wiped out by an OPI call on a receiver simply running a route:
    https://twitter.com/NFLOfficiating/status/1170779473157009410

    Clips like the ones above in addition to the Confirm call on what was clearly an incomplete pass by Dalton at the end of the game are clear evidence that Riveron has no idea what he’s doing. It’s a continuation of what he’s already shown the past two years.

  5. @hbk314
    I didn’t know there were two plays with DPI in this game.
    The call on Sherman is correct for me. He grabs the jersey and the receiver can’t get to the ball an the ball is catchable. To be uncatchable it has to be really far away.

    On the second on I agree with the no call. Either you call it on both players or nothing because there is contact by both players.

    For me is the OPI a little bit technical. I think the receiver is trying to get in the way of the defender and then he tries to block. I understand why you don’t agree to the call and I understand the call.

  6. @Denis

    I’m not going to call the receiver for trying the create some separation from a defender clearly committing a foul.

    Sherman was all over him while not playing the ball. That’s as automatic as it gets.

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