Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 Dec 2013

MMQB: The Blurst Of Times

That's what you get for that lead-in, PK.

Anyway ... PK puts superlatives on the week that was, discusses your boy Jeff Triplette and a theoretical centralized review process, and talks to Matt Prater about his new NFL record.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 09 Dec 2013

15 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2013, 10:50pm by jebmak


by Sifter :: Mon, 12/09/2013 - 3:52pm

For some reason I always read superlatives as superlaxatives!

Anyway...I would support the centralizing of replay. As an Aussie and follower of the 'Commonwealth' sports: cricket, rugby league and union - all those sports have off-field officials at a booth at the ground who do the replay reviews. To some extent they are specialized officials as well. Interestingly, in rugby league in Australia they have both an ex-referee and a ex-player in the review booth. Both look at the replays and both need to agree on a decision before the original on-field call can be changed.

You get different replay officials for every match in those sports, but at least the process is quicker. For speed, the NFL could at very least have a guy who's job it is to sort out the down, distance, ball spot and gameclock of each potential scenario while the head referee works out his decision. It's very annoying to hear the typical: 'oh he's made his decision, now lets take another minute to work out where the ball needs to be spotted'. That stuff can be handled by an assistant.

by mshray63 (not verified) :: Mon, 12/09/2013 - 4:37pm

Peter King throws Adam Schefter under the bus! I don't follow closely enough to judge if this is deserved or not, but I'm having a hard time recalling when one NFL insider/journalist named another as being integral to a owner/coaching dispute.

Please help me out if I missed one.

by Kyle D. (not verified) :: Mon, 12/09/2013 - 10:48pm

I don't see how he really throws Schefter under the bus, he simply points out a known fact. Schefter and Shanahan are pretty tight, dating back to Schefter working for the paper in Denver when Shanahan was coaching there. Would it have been throwing PK under the bus a few years back to have noted that he was tight with Favre?

by Kyle D. (not verified) :: Mon, 12/09/2013 - 10:55pm

I didn't see the Bengals-Colts. How on earth can Triplette keep his job after the past two weeks? First time I saw the replay I thought maybe he'd decided Green-Ellis had scored before his knee touched, but he's well short. To take that replay and decide there was no contact and the diving defender just happened to have his hand right there when Green-Ellis tripped all by himself is simply absurd.

by Dennis :: Tue, 12/10/2013 - 1:28am

"I’m a few days late on that drones-delivering-packages story, which truly is amazing."

Does he mean it's amazing that Amazon is testing drones, or it's amazing that he's late on a story? I hope he means the former, because the latter is par for the course for him.

by PaddyPat :: Tue, 12/10/2013 - 5:22am

The grammar on that does tend to imply the latter--"I'm late" being the operative phrase modified by the addendum. He would need to reinsert a noun reference to the story, ie. the clumsy "a story that is truly amazing" to mean what he thinks he means. I love references like this. Have you ever seen the movie poster for Apocalypto? "No one can escape their fate." It's a picture of a guy running from a bunch of amorphic baddies. Literally, it implies that "their fate" is coming to get you...

by Kyle D. (not verified) :: Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:36am

It's a weekly column, so he isn't all that late. The amazing part is that anybody takes the idea seriously. There are so many obstacles to a drone bringing you a package it's not even worth discussing at this point. Cost, liability, sabotage, airspace regulations, the fact that Bezos said it'd have to be 30 minutes from an Amazon warehouse, which would disqualify almost everywhere....

by Anonymousse (not verified) :: Wed, 12/11/2013 - 6:23pm

I agree with most of what you're saying, but there are 14 fulfillment centers in the US, most near major cities. I'm within about 10 miles of the one in Richmond that they discuss. They could cover almost all of New England, and cover NYC, and thats a lot of customers.

They're already doing it in china.

by jebmak :: Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:50pm

I think that it is amazing that anyone would completely dismiss the possibility.

by fmtemike :: Wed, 12/11/2013 - 8:17am

a. all HECK broke loose? Is this 1813?
b. Want to speed up games? Dont centralize replay(Your call is important to us, but Mr. Blandino is busy on another replay, please hold) but eliminate replay altogether. It's a game not a tort lawsuit.

by Jerry :: Wed, 12/11/2013 - 9:49am

The way to speed up games, which will unfortunately not happen, is to cut out some commercial minutes.

by Anonymousse (not verified) :: Wed, 12/11/2013 - 6:25pm

Eliminating replay at this point would probably lead to baseball style manager/coach kicking dirt in front of the referee style shenanigans. It wouldn't speed up the game at all.

Replay doesn't really slow the game down. It's almost always used in situations where the coach would be yelling at the ref if it wasn't there.

What they need to get rid of is running 80 yards to the television.

by PatsFan :: Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:17pm

Not to mention the dreaded touchdown-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence.

by Noah Arkadia :: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 12:44am

Oh, yeah! "Here's your kickoff, now sit. Good boy!"

The man with no sig

by steveNC (not verified) :: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 11:08am

If the average NFL team gets better at the D&D offense, moving slowly down the field, with the average drive length creeping up, then this TD/FG-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence will get more and more common. They have to get their 5 breaks in per quarter.