Atlanta controversy won't lead to rules change

October, 31, 2008
10/31/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Yes, Atlanta fans, you have a legitimate gripe. That call in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia, in which officials ruled Adam Jennings muffed a punt return, sure looked like the wrong one. If you look at the replays, you never see Jennings touch the ball. The play never was reviewed.

But you might as well let it go because nothing's going to change -- now or in the future. Colleague Paul Kuharsky asked Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher, who is the co-chairman of the league's competition committee, if the incident in the Atlanta game might prompt the league to look at expanding on the two-minute rule for booth replays.

"No, replay's been voted in the way it's been voted in," Fisher said. "It's very difficult to make changes to replay. You're not going to make changes to the whole replay system just because of one particular play."

The situation was made worse for Atlanta because the Falcons were out of timeouts. They're not going to get any sympathy from the competition committee for that.

"That's why we protect our timeouts and everybody knows if you don't have timeouts you can't challenge," Fisher said. "That's why they are so valuable. I don't know what led to them using their timeouts. This is one play that happened to come up where someone didn't have a timeout."

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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