Hail Mary ref: 'I learned a rule by screwing up the rule'
By Gregg Rosenthal
Around The League editor
Published: Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:47 p.m.
Updated: Oct. 4, 2012 at 05:49 p.m.
Ten days after the "Inaccurate Reception" heard around the world, the replacement refs remain in the news.
In a fascinating interview on Showtime's "Inside the NFL," replacement referee Wayne Elliott admits that his crew erred in calling a touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks. The show is
Elliott was not in the end zone and did not make the initial call on the play. It was obvious his crew was not positioned correctly and Elliott admits that their grasp of the rulebook was not great. It sounds like the officials were devastated after the game. It's a fascinating interview that will re-air Friday night at 11 pm ET on Showtime and is available on demand.
"It was quiet. It was like a losing locker room, very little conversation," Elliott said.
It's surprising that Elliott admitted his mistake publicly. What Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy did last week is even more surprising.
"(McCarthy) called me at my house last week because he had heard I was having a rough week with all the calls and everything," Elliott said. "Wanted (me) to know that he thought what I did -- controversial and maybe he didn't agree with it -- (but he thought) I handled it with class."
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