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Why Andy Reid didn't challenge the Jackson fumble

Posted on: December 22, 2010 9:42 am
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:36 pm
 

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Why Andy Reid didn't challenge the Jackson fumble

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Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:39 pm
 

Why Andy Reid didn't challenge the Jackson fumble

I know what the article said. I just find it amazing that in this day and age, with the stakes as high as in that game that the guys who advise the head coach on these matters don't have a TV. Billion and  a half dollars and no TV (or one that doesn't work) in the visitors booth? Seems to be just a little strange, hopefully an isolated aberration. If I am a visiting coach to the Meadowlands, I think I'd have one of my guys check that one out.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:15 pm
 

Why Andy Reid didn't challenge the Jackson fumble

It say right in the article that there was no game broadcast in the coaches booth:

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.



Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Simple technology right in one's own backyard

Reid's explanation is absurd.

Why? TV replay (yes DVR) showed immediately to me, the amateur, that he was OBVIOUSLY touched and not just on the hand warmer. He was clearly, unequivocally down. The "fumble" would have been overturned. Obviously.
Can the listener to Reid's explanation infer that his guys in the booth don't have a TV and DVR capability? If that's true, then I'm a little perplexed. I honestly have seen numerous occasions during this season that a simple DVR rewind answers many of the challenge mystery. And I'm a little mystified why these pros can't get this as timely as I can from my living room. For those who don't believe this, try it sometime. You'll scream at the screen too.



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:21 am
 

Why Andy Reid didn't challenge the Jackson fumble

Well said @Floydfan. 

I recall on more than one occasion Chris Collinsworth making mention of the "home" team's video personnel delaying replay  review by the visiting team's coaching staff, not only in the coach's booth, but also on the stadium's jumbotron. In some cases, replays aren't even shown on TV until after the next play since the offense may be in a hurry up mode to avoid a potential challenge. Something's gotta be done to make it fair for both sides. 



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:01 am
 

Why Andy Reid didn't challenge the Jackson fumble

This isn't the first time I heard of the replay becoming a home team advantage.  Earlier this year, Packers at Atlanta, refs ruled Tony Gonzales caught a 4th down pass for a first down.  Replays showed he dropped the ball.  Clearly would have been reversed.  However, according to media, the replays do not get shown in the coaches booth or the media area until after approx. a 30 second delay.  By the time the replay occurred, the next play was already in progress, and therefore unchallengable.

Not blaming the Falcons or Giants in this.  I am sure the Packers, Eagles, etc. all do it as well.   Its just the way the league is going.... favoring the home team.  Sadly, kind of like the NBA.


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