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After Further Review

After Further Review: 4 crews in snow, flaky calls elsewhere



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Field judge Craig Wrolstad (pretty sure, can you tell?) helps on the spot and measurement [Hunter Martin/Philadelphia Eagles].

Here’s what is in the news this morning:

  • Quick calls from Week 14 [Football Zebras]
  • First, the good news. Did you see what was perhaps the call of the year from field judge Scott Edwards? [Ben Austro, Football Zebras]
  • Review by Jeff Triplette on potential down by contact of Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    • “We reviewed the goal line,” but did not review potential contact in the offensive backfield. [Ben Austro, Football Zebras].
    • Colts general manager Ryan Grigson “had just witnessed one of the most egregious officiating decisions in recent league history. ‘Obviously it was a critical, critical call,’ Grigson said of referee Jeff Triplette’s mind-boggling overturn” [Bob Kravitz, Indy Star]
    • ” ‘I hit his foot when he came through,’ said [Colts defensive lineman Josh] Chapman, who started celebrating his play. Green-Ellis said he felt someone trip him” [Joe Kay, AP]
    • “I don’t understand that. You have to review all aspects of the play to see if Green-Ellis was not tripped up. If he didn’t see the shots, then that is the replay official’s fault for not showing him. But even if he didn’t, Triplette should have asked for them because you can clearly see that Green-Ellis was stumbling.” [Mike Pereira, Fox]
  • “For 57 minutes, rookie defensive back Leon McFadden could not have had a more uneventful afternoon against a legendary quarterback.” [Tom Reed, Cle Plain Dealer] “McFadden and Boyce were hand-fighting down the field. There was not enough contact for defensive pass interference to be called. I’ll go to my grave saying I don’t like the rule, but the NFL won’t listen.” [Pereira] “Said Browns linebacker Paul Kruger: ‘I feel like we got robbed a little bit.’ ” [Mary Kay Cabot, Cle Plain Dealer] 
  • “It wasn’t the first time this season that the Pats have found themselves at the center of officiating controversy late in a game.” [WBZ 98.5/Boston]
  • Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman: “They got the benefit of a few calls tonight throughout the game, and that helps you especially on third down.” [Janie McCauley, AP]
  • “The Eagles’ director of grounds, Tony Leonard, was in contact with referee Ed Hochuli. The plan for clearing snow from the sideline, yard lines, goal lines, and borders came with Hochuli’s consultation.” [Zach Berman, Phi Inquirer]
  • “Referee Ed Hochuli had to call an official timeout, saying, ‘I’ve got to stop the game a moment and clear the goal line. We can’t see the goal line.’ After the guys with the leaf-blower backpacks had scurried on and off, Hochuli turned his microphone back on to say, ‘Thank you.’ ” [John Niyo, Det News]
  • “How about Scott Green today? Wind chill -7 in Denver and high temperature of 9.” [34fan, Behind the Football Stripes]
  • “Most of us are held accountable. NFL officials are exempt. But the time has come for them not to be caught and released.” [Nick Canepa, U~T SD]
  • Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was not happy with anyone not wearing purple:
  • Of course:
  • And, Boris Cheek and Scott Helverson got to call history with Matt Prater’s 64-yard record-setting field goal in Denver [NFL video]. Nov. 8, 1970: I don’t know who had the call under the posts, but Jim Tunney signaled “good” from roughly the Saints 30-yard line when Tom Dempsey set the record of 63 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. Don Criqui had the call.

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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