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CoryWinget81
09-28-2015, 08:33 PM
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/09/28/referee-jeff-triplette-having-a-hard-time-remembering-the-rules/

Referee Jeff Triplette having a hard time remembering the rules

Posted by Michael David Smith on September 28, 2015, 6:57 PM EDT

Referee Jeff Triplette wrongly announced the enforcement of a penalty on Sunday night in Detroit, the second time this season that he misunderstood a rule and needed to be corrected by a colleague.

Triplette’s mistake on Sunday night came when the Broncos were flagged for taunting after a touchdown. Triplette initially turned on his microphone and announced that the Lions had chosen to enforce the Broncos’ penalty on the extra point attempt. Eventually someone corrected Triplette and told him that taunting penalties after touchdowns can only be enforced on the ensuing kickoff, not on the extra point.

Triplette also made a mistake in Week One, when he wrongly announced that the Seahawks would re-kick in overtime following a Rams invalid fair catch signal. Eventually that got straightened out, likely because the replay assistant violated protocols to give Triplette a hand. But it never should have come to that because Triplette should have known that an invalid fair catch signal penalty is enforced from the spot of the foul and doesn’t result in a re-kick.

To be clear, these issues aren’t about Triplette missing a call. Every referee misses a call sometimes. These are issues about Triplette not knowing the rules. And the referees are expected to know all the rules. Twice in three weeks this season, Triplette has turned on his microphone and publicly revealed that he didn’t know the rules.

Triplette has long been recognized as one of the league’s worst referees. It was a Triplette blunder that led to the NFL changing its instant replay system to allow the league office to help the referees get the calls right. But there’s only so much that the league office and the replay assistants can do to bail Triplette out. If he can’t remember the rules of the NFL, perhaps he shouldn’t be an NFL referee.

VenomousDB
09-28-2015, 08:38 PM
This dude sucks. Hes on par with Vincovich. Both need to be out of the league. Im curious what play it was that he called incorrectly for them to reinstate instant replay. Was it that run in the super bowl where the player was like a yard in front of the goal line and they called TD?

CoryWinget81
09-28-2015, 08:44 PM
This dude sucks. Hes on par with Vincovich. Both need to be out of the league. Im curious what play it was that he called incorrectly for them to reinstate instant replay. Was it that run in the super bowl where the player was like a yard in front of the goal line and they called TD?

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/09/triplettes-blunder-highlights-the-need-for-centralized-replay-review/

As the NFL ponders whether to export the replay function from stadiums to a central location such as the league office, Sunday’s bungling of a Bengals touchdown call provides the best evidence that change is needed.

With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Cincinnati running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis hit the ground short of the goal line and then skidded across. Ruled not a touchdown on the field, the replay assistant activated the replay function by buzzing referee Jeff Triplette.

The question then became whether indisputable visual evidence existed to overrule the on-field decision that Green-Ellis was down. Triplette, who presided over the Week 13 Sunday night first-down clusterfudge in Washington, determined that the call on the field was wrong.

Triplette’s decision seemed to ignore the possibility that Green-Ellis was tripped up in the backfield by a Colts player, causing Green-Ellis to stumble and ultimately fall. As it turns out, Triplette’s decision did ignore that possibility; Triplette said after the game that he looked only at the end of the play.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Tom Pelissero of USA Today that Triplette had the authority to review the entire play. Triplette, however, admitted to a pool reporter after the game that Triplette didn’t.

“It was a judgment call,” Aiello explained to Pelissero. “Jeff determined in the review that the runner was not down by contact.”

But that’s not the standard. The question is whether Triplette detected indisputable visual evidence that Green-Ellis wasn’t tripped up or otherwise touched by a defender on the way to the ground. Triplette necessarily failed to apply that standard because he didn’t even consider the visual evidence regarding the events that caused Green-Ellis to stumble and fall.

It’s easy to see why Triplette erred. Efforts to make a detached, clinical assessment of film becomes difficult if not impossible for officials who are attached to the playing field; a voting-booth curtain hardly transports the official to an environment that is conducive to a proper assessment of the video. These review need to be conducted in a place where reliable, consistent, and efficient decisions can be made by specialists who are sensitive to the applicable standard and in turn equipped to overturn only those rulings that are clearly incorrect.

Triplette’s mistake proves once again that the current system isn’t working. With replay mistakes being the easiest officiating gaffes for casual fans to identify and criticize, the NFL needs to find a better way to implement the replay system.

Taking it out of the stadiums and sending it to New York is the best way to do that.

VenomousDB
09-28-2015, 08:50 PM
Ohh i thought it said he helped reinstate the replay system. He was BAD yesterday.

My favorite ref is probably Mike carey

Dennis.1960
09-28-2015, 09:05 PM
Triplette also made a mistake in Week One, when he wrongly announced that the Seahawks would re-kick in overtime following a Rams invalid fair catch signal. Eventually that got straightened out, likely because the replay assistant violated protocols to give Triplette a hand. But it never should have come to that because Triplette should have known that an invalid fair catch signal penalty is enforced from the spot of the foul and doesn’t result in a re-kick..

I watched that game and that's actually not what happened. Triplette (or someone on his crew) called an invalid fair catch penalty because they believed the Seahawk on-sides attempt was kicked at the top of the ball and bounced off the ground before getting airborn (as is often the case in many on-sides attempts). In that case, a fair catch would have been a penalty and not allowed because the ball had hit the ground. Turns out on further review they picked up the flag and gave the Rams the ball because the Seahawks kicker did not bounce the ball off the ground but floated it off the tee directly in the air. Because it didn't hit the ground, the fair catch was legal and the Rams were awarded the ball at the spot of the fair catch.

Triplette still sucked last night, but we can't pin the Ram-Seahawk call on him not understanding the rules, it was because the ref's thought the on-sides had bounced off the ground when it actually did not ;)