Thursday, October 4, 2012
Good stuff from MNF replacement ref Elliott
By Mike Sando
Wayne Elliott, the referee for the Seattle-Green Bay game featuring Golden Tate's disputed touchdown, offers new information during an interview with "Inside the NFL" on Showtime.
Among the highlights from Elliott:
Elliott thought the ruling for simultaneous catch was reasonable and that Mike Tirico's use of the word "simultaneous" in calling the play for ESPN showed as much.
Elliott did not make the call on the play, but if he had been the nearest official on the play, "I would probably call interception."
Also, Elliott said the NFL's training for replacement officials included instructions to refrain from making pass-interference calls in Hail Mary situations. Tate pushed off before the play, but as we've noted, officials rarely call interference in those situations.
Elliott admitted an error in the San Francisco 49ers-Houston Texans preseason game, noting that he learned from it. Elliott: "I learn a rule by screwing up a rule. ... I learned the two-minute, five-minute, if there is a penalty, the clock doesn't start no matter what the play before was, by screwing it up in the San Francisco-Houston preseason game."
Elliott on the replacement experience overall: "I had the time of my life."
Packers coach Mike McCarthy called Elliott last week to offer support after hearing Elliott was having a rough week. Elliott appreciated the call and the class McCarthy showed in making it.
We've covered this ground sufficiently, but this interview was illuminating and entertaining. I also enjoyed the colorful piece on replacement officials from ESPN's Liz Merrill and Wayne Drehs. That one includes notes from Elliott's crew surrounding the Packers-Seahawks game.