Some hate the fact Sunday's game ended in a tie, some don't mind it, but I think we can all agree on one thing: the officiating was downright awful. More than once, there were a couple of questionable spots and calls, yet that wasn't even the officials' biggest blunder.
While measuring a play in the first half they allowed one minute and 19 seconds to run off the clock, and not one officiating crew member recognized what was happening. Unfortunately, another play took place after the measurement so they couldn't go back and reset the clock.
By rule, “Once the next snap occurs, there is no mechanism to adjust the clock. Matters of timing are not reviewable by instant replay.” (Via ProFootball Talk). Can't we all agree that matters of timing should be reviewable by instantly replay? Just think if either the 49ers or Rams would have had the opportunity to possess the ball during that extra 1:19. A team might have actually won the game.
If you couldn't sleep Sunday night, luckily the NFL issued a statement yesterday admitting it screwed up. Which of course should now put you at ease, right? Regardless, at least it owned up to its mistakes, it's more than it did when the replacement officials were still hanging around.
Scab refs or no scab refs, everyone is prone to mistakes no matter what they do. The point is that the "real" officials have made far less mistakes than the replacement officials, which is exactly the way it should be.
Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com says head coach Ken Whisenhunt is prepared to tweak the lineup in order to win games.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press reports on Pete Carroll's decision to give his team the entire week off during the bye.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explains Jeff Fisher's clock management and the Rams' alignment gaffes.
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