Schiano Offers Fix For NFL’s “Flawed System”December 3rd, 2013
“There is no foul for defensive pass interference. The ball was intercepted in front of the contact.”
Those were the words barked by referee Ron Winter during the third quarter of the Bucs-Panthers game Sunday. Trailing 17-6, and driving on their own 46 yard line, the Bucs threw deep on 2nd-and-1 to Vincent Jackson. The zebras flagged Panthers cornerback Drayton Florence for holding Vincent Jackson as he came back for the underthrown ball.
But the flag was picked up negating a roughly 45 yard penalty because officials didn’t think Jackson could have successfully come back to the intercepted ball. It was a horrible call (you can watch it here), especially involving an elite athlete like Jackson, who has come back for much tougher throws.
Greg Schiano expressed his frustration with the NFL’s “flawed system” of replay review on WDAE-AM 620 last night. Schiano would like to see the league fix what’s needlessly broken.
“In real-time things get explained and things get seen, but, you know, when you watch it on the tape you can see. And it’s unfortunate,” Schiano said.. “But in real-time, that’s the way things are called. You have to call it like you see it and there’s not the benefit of replay. I’ve said since I got into this league that I do think we have a flawed system with the replay. If you’re gonna have replay, then leave it up to the coach. It puts more pressure on the coach. But let the coach challenge whatever he wants, and if you give him two challenges, that’s it. You got two a game and maybe you earn a third by being correct the first two times. But don’t limit what you can challenge.
“And then it’s up to the coach. The coach knows that a defensive pass interference may have to take a resounding play for you to get it overturned. But you know what, you’ll learn that. There’s just so much at stake. I actually do feel for the officials because there’s only seven of them and the height-weight-speed of these players has increased exponentially in the last 10 years. Yet the officials, they’re not changing. And some of them are getting older, actually. So the reality is that we have the technology to do it. And I don’t mind the added pressure on the head coach to make those decisions. I actually would like it because then at least you feel like, you know what, if there’s a bad miss, that you have a chance to get it right.”
Schiano detailed that the head-shaking flag pick-up involving Jackson was as much about Jackson’s ability to break up the pass as his chance to catch it.
“Whether he can catch the ball or not, I don’t know, but can he knock the ball down so the defensive back can’t intercept it,” Schiano said. “Because still then we have good field position. You know, that was a 2nd-and-1; we had run the ball for a nine-yard gain. We have 3rd-and-1 at midfield. Go ahead. That’s fine. But that’s the way it goes.
“And I don’t say that in any way to try to [dismiss] what I said about replay. I just think that’s where we are now in today’s [game.] With the media coverage that is on each game, there’s enough cameras to give you great views. It’s not like the old days where there was only a couple of games that were televised. I mean every game is televised with multiple cameras. Why not use it. Because there’s a lot at stake now. It’s not like the old days the other way, either. I mean we’re talking about billion dollar franchises. This is big stuff.”
Joe’s 100 percent behind Schiano with this. Having plays and calls that are unreviewable by league rule is ludicrous.