Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Pereira: Jay Cutler scored TD
Former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira said Tuesday that if Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith would have challenged a call Sunday, it would have resulted in a touchdown that could have lifted the Bears over the Washington Redskins.
"None whatsoever," Pereira said when asked if he had any doubt the call would have been reversed.
On the opening drive of the third quarter with the Bears leading 14-10, quarterback Jay Cutler tried to sneak the ball in from the one-yard line, but it was knocked loose and recovered by the Redskins. Replays seemed to show that the ball may have broken the plane of the goal line, but Smith -- who unsuccessfully challenged a call on the previous play -- did not throw the flag. Smith admitted on Monday that he made a mistake.
The Redskins won 17-14.
"Fox gave you the two looks from both sides, from both pylons basically," Pereira said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "It was pretty clear on the first one, distinctly clear on the second shot.
"They would have reversed it to a touchdown."
Smith said he felt his team was in control of the game and was confident the Bears were going to force the Redskins to punt, which they did.
Interestingly, the Bears are 0-for-10 this season from the one-yard line, which seemingly would make a coach more eager to challenge a call at the goal line.
"It's tough," Pereira said. "I feel for Lovie, because the coaches are put in this challenge situation.
"But I think you have to look at this whole procedure and your philosophy of challenges. I've had several coaches tell me they feel they can waste a challenge and waste a timeout in the first half, but you can't do it in the second half, because timeouts are too critical at the end of the game. And so is the challenge, so you're not left without one."
Pereira is in favor of providing more technology for head coaches to decide if challenging is the right call.
"I think the coaches are so disadvantaged here that they have to look at the play in real time, can't slow it down, and even if they show a replay on television, all they can do is watch what they show without the ability to slow it down and run it back and forth like the replay assistant does," he said. "I've recommended for years to give them some recording equipment in their coaches booth so somebody can look at a play closer and make the determination ala Lovie Smith style that this has to be challenged, because they could have stopped the video when the ball broke the plane."