NFL Nation: instant replay
INDIANAPOLIS -- We may revisit some of this in the coming days in more detail, but I feel compelled to hit you with the gist of the other comments made by Colts president Bill Polian Sunday afternoon.
Overtime: His feelings as a member of the competition committee on overtime are not based on the team's overtime playoff loss in San Diego when the Colts did not get the ball in extra time.
He credited the Chargers, but said "we should have won that game [in regulation], all we needed to do was make four yards in two downs and we didn't do it."
Those who created the overtime rules were smart to do what they did, he said, and Polian did not sound like a backer of a change.
Tampering talks: He said he is concerned about the degree of discussions at the combine between agents of pending free agents and club personnel, but doesn't know how what technically may qualify as tampering can be staunched.
"I don't know if there is a remedy for it that's enforceable, it just may be human nature," he said. "I wish it were otherwise but I don't know of any way to make it change."
Coaching transition: The transition from Tony Dungy to Jim Caldwell has been as seamless as Polian had hoped.
"Jim has already put his mark on the daily operations, the way he wants things done, which is a little different than what Tony did and that's to be expected and understandable but we've gone ahead without any interruption at all," he said. "...He's taking a little bit different approach to the offseason camp and perhaps the camp, we haven't solidified that yet."
Family ties: Asked what makes his son Brian, an assistant at Notre Dame, such an effective recruiter, Polian was at the ready.
"He has his mother's personality," Bill Polian said.
Opening the combine: Polian doesn't like the idea but wouldn't rule out the idea that the combine may someday be open to both the media and the public.
"Never say never," he said. "Let me tell you there is no groundswell on the part of the competition committee to do it... I think the potential distraction is an issue."
Play clock: Jeff Fisher, the co-chairman of the competition committee, said Friday he didn't expect the play clock to be tied to replay despite a bad mistake that hurt his team in its playoff loss to Baltimore.
"It has to do with the number of camera placements for various games throughout the league," Polian said. "Every game does not have the same number of cameras, therefore you do not have the same number of looks at various part of the stadium or the field from week to week, from game to game. That's one mechanical issue we have no way of addressing. There are other issues that have to do with that too, but that's the most glaring one.
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Replay officials have challenged rulings more frequently since the last time we pointed out wide disparities in replay rates during the final 2 minutes of halves.
Four referees hadn't faced a single booth-initiated challenge through Week 13. Those four referees have faced five such challenges in the last two weeks.
The challenge Walt Coleman faced in Baltimore was only the third raised against him this season in the final 2 minutes of a half, according to information I have tracked since 2003. Referees Gene Steratore, Ron Winter, Tony Corrente and Ed Hochuli have faced a combined 40 such challenges.
The NFL assigns the same replay officials to the same referees as part of an overall effort to foster continuity among crews.If replay officials applied the same standards each game, we might expect referees to face a similar number of booth-initiated challenges over time.
That was not the case in past seasons and it isn't the case in 2008. The inconsistent numbers raise the possibility of inconsistent standards for challenges.
The chart shows booth-initiated challenges by referee. NFL games featured 33 total challenges in Week 15, a season high even without the Monday night game. Total challenges have risen each week since Week 12 (from 19 to 25 to 27 to 33).
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Scott Green's crew assessed zero penalties against the Patriots. Al Riveron's crew assessed one penalty against the Browns.Those figures helped bring down the overall numbers for Week 8, despite the Rams' protests.
The chart breaks down crews by referee, penalties assessed per game, replay challenges and replay reversals.The number of replay challenges per game increased every season from 2003 to 2007, but the numbers are down to their lowest levels since 2004 this season. Fewer challenges mean fewer interruptions, generally a good thing in my view.
John Parry and Jerome Boger remained the only referees without a replay reversal this season. Peter Morelli joined Green with a league-high five reversals after initially disallowing a Chiefs touchdown pass against the Jets.
Available for download: full crew-by-crew breakdowns for penalties and replay.
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A follow-up on Mike Nolan's hotly contested replay challenge against the Eagles in Week 6: His overall challenge record is 12-18 in three-plus seasons as a head coach, but the record is only 6-14 for home games. He lost two challenges during the 40-26 defeat at Candlestick Park.
These numbers are according to me. I have tracked replay reversal information by team, coach, referee and replay official for all games since 2003. I check the numbers against certain league totals each offseason.
By my count, the Cowboys' Wade Phillips is the only head coach with a winning reversal rate among coaches with at least 10 coach-initiated challenges since 2001. I've got Phillips at 8-3 since 2003 after he won two challenges Sunday (this includes 4-0 on the road).
Mike Shanahan is next at 25-26 (.490), followed by Jeff Fisher (13-14, .481), Marty Schottenheimer (12-14, .462), Mike McCarthy (6-7, .462), Dick Jauron (11-13, .458), Bill Parcells (10-13, .435), Scott Linehan (8-11, .421), Tom Coughlin (16-24, .400) and Nolan (12-18, .400).
Coaches have initiated more challenges at home. They have succeeded in a lower percentage of home challenges. Perhaps they take chances challenging calls at home because they feel more confident about winning those games.
Nolan isn't the only one with a particularly poor challenge record at home. I've got Romeo Crennel with an 0-13 challenge record at home, but 4-6 on the road. Gary Kubiak is 0-6 at home and 4-9 on the road. Jim Haslett is 1-11 at home, 3-6 on the road.