Dallas Cowboys: Clete Blakeman

Cowboys to ask NFL to look at replay review

December, 24, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Every week teams ask the NFL to review plays they deem to be questionable, and the Cowboys will ask about Walt Coleman’s overtime review of Marques Colston’s 9-yard catch and fumble that led to New Orleans’ game-winning field goal attempt Sunday.

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“That probably will be one of the ones we send in,” coach Jason Garrett said.

The Cowboys were hurt by replay reviews in back-to-back weeks on similar plays that led to different conclusions.

Against Pittsburgh, referee Clete Blakeman reversed a fumble by Pittsburgh’s Emmanuel Sanders after it appeared he got two feet down before losing the ball on a hit from safety Eric Frampton. On Sunday, Morris Claiborne punched the ball free from Colston after he got two feet down and turned upfield.

In the scramble, tight end Jimmy Graham was able to recover the fumble at the Dallas 2, and the Saints kicked the field goal for the winner.

“He had two feet down, had possession of the ball, and turned upfield and got hit as his third step was coming down,” Coleman said to a pool reporter after the game. “He had possession and time enough to do something with the football -- a football move.”

The Cowboys just want clarification on the difference in plays, not that it will change the outcome.

Official explains OT replay review

December, 23, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Last week against Pittsburgh, the Cowboys lost a turnover after an officials’ review. In overtime Sunday against New Orleans, the Cowboys had a similar play again not go in their favor.

Saints receiver Marques Colston was ruled to have made a 9-yard catch, which he then fumbled down to the Dallas 2. Referee Walt Coleman confirmed the call on replay.

“He had two feet down, had possession of the ball and turned up field and got hit as his third step was coming down,” Coleman said to a pool reporter. “He had possession and time enough to do something with the football -- a football move.”

The Cowboys lost a turnover against the Steelers when referee Clete Blakeman ruled wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders did not have possession or make a football move as he was being hit by Cowboys safety Eric Frampton.

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was able to recover the fumble to set up the game-winning field goal attempt.

“I thought it was an identical play,” coach Jason Garrett said. “That was something I tried telling the officials. It didn’t go in our favor.”

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he believed it was a catch and fumble.

Said Coleman, “He doesn’t have to tuck it. So long as he has possession of it and moving it from one and to the other, he doesn’t have to tuck it away. He just has to have possession of the ball to be able to do something with it, like a normal football act. But he doesn’t have to tuck it against his body.”

As for the ball being placed at the 2, Coleman said fourth-quarter rules are in place for overtime, so the ball does not go back to the spot of the fumble outside of the final two minutes of the extra session.

Officials breakdown: Clete Blakeman

December, 11, 2012
12/11/12
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IRVING, Texas – Clete Blakeman’s crew will work Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh, marking the first time the Cowboys will see Blakeman since Oct. 31,2010 against Jacksonville.

The Cowboys were embarrassed, 35-17, by the Jaguars but committed only three penalties for 20 yards on the day.

Last week, Blakeman worked the Denver-Oakland game and called 17 penalties with 14 accepted. The Broncos were penalized three times for 25 yards. The Raiders were the Raiders with 11 penalties for 94 yards.

The breakdown:

Defensive holding – 2
Offside – 1
Offensive holding – 7
Illegal use of hands – 1
False start – 2
Defensive pass interference – 2
Illegal motion – 1
Illegal contact – 1

Quarter by quarter:

First – 2
Second – 2
Third – 7
Fourth – 6

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