Upon further review, some suggestions for wiser use of replay
In the first season instant replay was voted in on a permanent basis, the NFL needs to go under the hood of the replay machine for a long review, John Clayton writes.
In the first season since the instant replay was voted in for good, the NFL needs to go under the hood of the replay machine for a long review.Last spring, NFL owners voted in replay on a permanent basis, which is good. Replay is a necessary element of modern sports. The technology allows all willing sports to fix officiating mistakes that affect the outcomes of games. Replay supporters worried for years that the emotions of a season would switch two or three owner votes in the NFL and kill replay.
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Those who fought replay for years warned of this day, though. They predicted replay could become too much because it could get to the point at which every play can be reviewable. That's wrong. The closing of two games clearly made me wonder about where replay was heading.In the overtime of a Browns-Seahawks game and the final two minutes of a Chargers-Colts game, the replay official in the booth overturned first downs by challenging the placement of the ball. That's going too far. The Colts and Seahawks lost those games because of those reversals.
John Clayton, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame writers' wing, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
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