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Quick calls: Week 11

Check this post for a breakdown of calls made by the officiating crews today. Did you see something that is controversial or have a question about a rules interpretation? Respond in the comments section of this post or tweet us @footballzebras.

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6 thoughts on “Quick calls: Week 11

  1. Complete blown calls on back to back plays in Browns Cowboys game. Delay of game no call followed by obvious false start on next play with another no call. Second worst call of year behind Seattle-Green Bay game.

  2. For the non-review in ATL/ARI…the rules do not simply say a review cannot be initiated after ‘a foul’…they state ‘a foul to prevent the next snap’. I’m not sure you can argue that Mike Smith threw his flag to prevent the next snap…It was a TV time out and he threw it as they went to commercial. To me the wording applies to penalties that occur when both teams are lined up (off-sides, etc). The rules committee specifically used the words ‘a foul to prevent the next snap’ when they could have said ‘any foul before the next snap’…which is how it appears it is being interpreted.

  3. I initially read it that way, but I personally checked it with Mike Pereira and Jim Daopoulos, and they concur: once the foul is charged, it shuts down any review that can benefit your team.

    I agree that it is written very poorly, but I think they wrote it in a way to exclude continuing-action fouls. This was probably discussed in depth at the annual officiating clinic the year the rule went into effect (2010 or 2011).

  4. Yeah, they are right. My wording was from 2011 rule book. Just noticed that 2012 was changed to say any foul ‘that delays’ the next snap – which basically means any foul.

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