Dallas Cowboys: Walt Coleman

Officials breakdown: Walt Coleman

December, 11, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys will see Walt Coleman referee Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. It's the first time Coleman has worked a Cowboys game since Week 16 last year, a 34-31 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The Cowboys were penalized five times for 32 yards and the Saints were flagged six times for 42 yards.

Last week Coleman worked the St. Louis Rams-Arizona Cardinals game and his crew was active. They threw 19 flags with 17 accepted penalties for 121 yards. The visiting Rams were penalized 11 times for 90 yards and the Cardinals were flagged six times for 31 yards.

The breakdown:

Personal foul -- 5
False start -- 3
Defensive pass interference – 3
Illegal formation -- 1
Unsportsmanlike conduct -- 1
Defensive holding -- 1
Illegal contact -- 1
Offensive holding -- 1
Unnecessary roughness -- 1
Delay of game -- 1
Illegal use of hands -- 1

Quarter by quarter:

First -- 5
Second -- 8
Third -- 3
Fourth -- 3

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: Walt Coleman

December, 18, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will see Walt Coleman’s officiating crew for the second time this season.

Coleman will work Sunday’s game against New Orleans. He worked the Cowboys’ 38-23 win at Philadelphia on Week 10 in which Dallas was penalized 13 times for 75 yards. It was the third time the Cowboys have been penalized 13 times in a game. Remarkably, they have won all three.

Coleman’s crew is coming off a short week having worked the Monday game between the New York Jets and Tennessee. They called 20 penalties (18 accepted). The Jets were penalized four times for 23 yards. The Titans had 14 penalties for 111 yards.

The breakdown:

Defensive holding - 1
Defensive pass interference - 1
Face mask - 1
Encroachment - 3
Delay of game - 1
Offensive holding - 9
False stat - 2
Offside on free kick - 1
Roughing the passer - 1

Quarter by quarter:

First – 3
Second – 6
Third – 6
Fourth – 5

Officials breakdown: Walt Coleman

November, 6, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – Walt Coleman’s crew will work Sunday’s game at Philadelphia.

It will be the first time the Cowboys have seen Coleman since Week 13 last year at Arizona, which ended in a 19-13 overtime loss and sent Dallas on its late-season skid.

Coleman’s crew worked the Arizona-Green Bay game last week and called nine penalties for 62 yards. The Packers had one false start penalty. The Cardinals were flagged eight times for 57 yards.

The breakdown:

False start – 2
Offside – 2
Illegal formation – 1
Neutral zone infraction – 2
Personal foul – 1
Horse collar – 1

Quarter by quarter:

First – 3
Second – 2
Third – 1
Fourth – 3

The Cowboys were penalized seven times for 49 yards by Coleman’s crew against Arizona last season. They had two false starts, and Orlando Scandrick was twice flagged for illegal blocks above the waist on punt returns. They also had one illegal formation, defensive holding, delay of game and defensive pass interference penalties each.

Officials breakdown: Walt Coleman

November, 29, 2011
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IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will have Walt Coleman’s officiating crew for the second time this season when it works Sunday’s game at Arizona.

Coleman worked the Oct. 16 matchup at New England, and the Cowboys were penalized 10 times for 77 yards in the loss. The Patriots had five penalties for 35 yards.

Last week the crew worked the Houston-Jacksonville game and called 15 penalties. The Texans were flagged seven times for 80 yards and the Jaguars were penalized four times for 30 yards. Of note, three of the 15 penalties came on special teams.

Here’s the breakdown:

Offensive pass interference – 1
Personal foul – 2
Illegal formation – 1
Intentional grounding – 1
Illegal block above the waist – 1
Roughing the passer – 1
False start – 3
Offside – 1
Player out of bounds on a punt – 1
Defensive pass interference – 2
Offensive holding – 1

Quarter by quarter:

First – 4
Second – 1
Third – 4
Fourth – 6

Officials breakdown: Walt Coleman

October, 11, 2011
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IRVING, Texas -- Walt Coleman’s crew will work its second straight NFC East-AFC East game Sunday when the Cowboys visit New England. He worked the Philadelphia-Buffalo game last week and called 10 penalties with nine accepted.

The Eagles were penalized five times for 46 yards, and the Bills were flagged four times for 40 yards.

The breakdown:

Offside – 2
Face mask – 2
Roughing the passer – 1
False start – 1
Illegal use of hands – 1
Holding – 2
Neutral zone infraction – 1

Quarter-by-quarter breakdown:

First – 2
Second – 3
Third – 1
Fourth – 4

The last time Coleman worked a Cowboys game was Week 9 last year at Green Bay, which was Wade Phillips’ swan song in a 45-7 loss to the Packers. The Cowboys were flagged five times for 40 yards with every penalty coming on the defense or special teams.

And for those with a long memory, Coleman was the referee in the “Tuck Rule” playoff game when the Patriots beat Oakland in 2001 on their way to their first Super Bowl title.

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