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Super Bowl liveblog: Broncos vs. Seahawks

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Super Bowl XLVIII Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of Super Bowl XLVIII from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.) If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet…

Championship liveblog: Patriots at Broncos

AFC Conference Championship Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the Patriots-Broncos conference championship from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.) If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this…

Chippy games can make officials look bad

Cheffers’ divisional playoff crew in a near no-win situation NFC Divisional Playoff: 49ers at Panthers The divisional playoff game last week between the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers was a frustrating game to watch through the eyes of an official as both teams were determined to use physical and emotional intimidation to defeat…

Divisional playoff liveblog: Saints at Seahawks

NFC Divisional Playoff Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the Saints-Seahawks Divisional Playoff game from CenturyLink Field in Seattle. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.) If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet…

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Is the coach’s challenge system the advantage that separates the master tacticians from the also-rans? This season that is not the case: not only did only four playoff teams fare better than even, but three teams that beat the house fired their coaches. In fact, all but one of the teams earning a first-round bye are in the bottom five in red-flag success, with those teams combining in a 2-for-15 success rate.

The Ravens’ John Harbaugh saw a dozen calls he didn’t like, but he also had the most reversals (tied with four other coaches). Cowboys coach Jason Garrett followed up his 5-for-5 season in 2012 with an “oh-fer” on two replay challenges.

The percentage of overturns that are on reviews initiated by the replay official are shown about two-thirds down the list at 38%. Of course, there is no disadvantage for the replay official to be wrong (loss of timeout), nor is the replay booth limited in the number of challenges.

  Coach     Reversals Challenges Success %
1 Leslie Frazier MIN 1 1  1.000
2 Andy Reid * KC 7 8  .875
  Joe Philbin   MIA 7 8  .875
4 Chuck Pagano * IND 6 7  .857
5 Jim Schwartz DET 4 5  .800
  Tom Coughlin   NYG 4 5  .800
7 Marvin Lewis * CIN 7 9  .778
8 Pete Carroll * SEA 7 10  .700
9 Bruce Arians   AZ 4 6  .667
  Mike Tomlin   PIT 4 6  .667
  Mike Smith   ATL 2 3  .667
12 Mark Trestman   CHI 3 5  .600
  Gary Kubiak/Wade Phillips HOU 3 5  .600
14 John Harbaugh   BAL 7 12  .583
15 Rob Chudzinski CLE 3 6  .500
  Chip Kelly * PHI 3 6  .500
  Mike Shanahan WAS 3 6  .500
  Sean Payton * NO 2 4  .500
  Mike McCoy * SD 2 4  .500
20 Doug Marrone   BUF 3 7  .429
21 Mike McCarthy * GB 2 5  .400
Replay Booth   NFL 90 237  .380
22 Jeff Fisher   STL 1 3  .333
23 Gus Bradley   JAX 2 7  .286
  Rex Ryan   NYJ 2 7  .286
25 Jim Harbaugh * SF 2 8  .250
  Mike Munchak TEN 2 8  .250
  Dennis Allen   OAK 1 4  .250
28 Ron Rivera * CAR 1 7  .143
  John Fox * DEN 1 7  .143
30 Bill Belichick * NE 0 1
31 Jason Garrett   DAL 0 2
  Greg Schiano TB 0 2
Coach’s total     96 184  .522

Totals including replay official: 186/421, .442. *- Qualified for 2013 playoffs. †No longer with team. Source: NFL game statistics, regular season only. Image: NFL coaches at the offseason owners meeting; Bill Belichick and Sean Payton are not pictured (NFL handout photo/Brian McCarthy).