Cowboys 4 life wrote:pvt1863 wrote:Bottom line is the ref should be aware of everything happening on the field. Its like not seeing a face mask penalty when it happens right in front of you because you are looking the other way. Simply unacceptable in my opinion.
The only way to challenge a play is to throw out the flag which Saban did. Sure he could have yelled and screamed which I feel he should have but at the same time all the ref has to do is double check the field real quick before the snap. And what about the back judge or refs on the other side of the field. Someone should have seen it.
How is the ref supposed to scan the field right before the snap if he never knows for sure when the snap is coming? How many teams routinely inform the referees of the snap count before they line up for the play? A ref should not be looking anywhere other than at the players on the field when the players are set and ready to snap the ball.
The bottom line is that it is the coach's job to make sure the flag is seen by the refs. It is the same way with a timeout. If you are going to throw the flag just seconds before the ball is snapped, you had better make sure you do it in a manner that will be seen. Underhanding it five yards out onto the field thirty yards behind the play and doing so in a way that it never travels above shoulder height does not qualify as such.
On a somewhat related note, this only adds to my belief that touchdowns should be reviewable after the extra point.
Easy. Just look up for a second and scan the field. We are talking 1 second. Plus the guy he threw the flag by didn't even have the best vantage point. The ref on the other side or back judge should have seen it.
If that is the refs job then something needs to be changed so they can hear if someone wants to challenge maybe an ear piece. We clearly saw the flag before the snap. There is no doubt there. I already sad he should have done something to get the refs attention. The Fins should have gotten the challenge either way because this type of thing should not happen. Hopefully something changes in the near future to fix the problem.
Did you even watch the play??? He threw it out there just moments before the ball was snapped, for all we knew they scanned the field several times and were then just watching the play which was their job. If you're going to throw the challenge flag out that late, you better make sure that they know you want to challenge it. I think at that stage, it's no longer the refs responsibility to be looking all over the place like that.