A sub-story that emerged from the Eagles-Giants game this past Sunday was the botched challenge – or, in this case, non-challenge – by Andy Reid on the DeSean Jackson fumble early in the fourth quarter. Addressing the media on Tuesday, Reid made no excuses and took full responsibility for the blunder. But it seems like there was a very legitimate excuse at his disposal (as transcribed by Phillly Sports Daily):
“Now as it was all said and done it all worked out for us. But that’s my responsibility to do that. And we weren’t getting the replays, so I’ll look into that part too. But some of those were bang-bang shots that were a little tough to see a guy touch the back of his little hand warmer. So, unless you see a replay it’s tough to figure out.”
The Eagles were the visitors at the New Meadowlands Sunday, so obviously the stadium’s videoboard operator was not going to help them out. But it sounds like assistant coaches up in the booth weren’t getting good looks at the play either. This is unusual because there is generally a television somewhere in the booth with the game’s broadcast on. In this case, there wasn’t. The NFL may have to consider altering the way replays are controlled. As it stands, the home team tends to have an unfair portion of power.
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