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 Post subject: Itchy trigger lips
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:55 pm 
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It seems like over the last couple years, the refs are blowing the whistle just a little too quickly. Making snap judgments. It seems a lot of players, and coaches are saying "let them play." Take the Super Bowl last year. The ref behind Eli said after the game he almost called the play dead when Eli was scambling to make one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history. Can you imagine if he did call the play dead? Also, last nights Cowboys/Eagles game when it was signaled DeSean Jackson made a touchdown when in fact he didn't. I don't see anything wrong (sometimes) with just letting a play unfold. Have a little chit chat, review upstairs and then make the right call. Is calling the play dead quickly supposed to help protect the players or something?


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 Post subject: Re: Itchy trigger lips
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:51 pm 
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I currently officiate (not in the NFL) but I can tell you at all levels that the same coach that says "let them play" will be the first one to yell "blow the whistle" when his star players forward progress has stopped.

When a player is wrapped up and forward progress is stopped, officials are taught to blow the play dead. It is a safety issue...to protect the players.

In regards to the dallas/philly play... It was a very long play and the WR had passed the Back Judge on his way to the endzone. With the Back Judge behind the play it was impossible for him to tell that the ball was dropped before the WR passed the goalline. (It took a couple of replays in slow motion before it was clear.) Therefore the official blew the ball dead when he believed the ball crossed the goalline. He would have no reason to do anything else.


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