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[Blogs] Late For Work 1/24: NFL Backs Non-Call On Steelers TD

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NFL Backs Non-Call On Steelers TD

As they do after every game, the Ravens sent to the NFL for review a list of questionable calls made by referees during Baltimore’s divisional playoff loss to the Steelers.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, one the Ravens’ questions was why a false start wasn’t called on Steelers tight end David Johnson on Pittsburgh’s game-winning touchdown. But the NFL backed referee Jeff Triplette and his crew’s non-call.

PFT.com’s Gregg Rosenthal said that after watching the play repeatedly in slow motion, he also believes the officials made a good non-call.

“The confusion comes because Johnson flinches or falls out of his stance,” wrote Rosenthal. ”At full speed, it looks like he may have jumped early.  But Johnson flinches right when the ball is snapped, not before.  If anything, the flinch causes Johnson to be a second late to the play.”

You can check the play out and judge for yourself in this NFL.com video. A good view of Johnson’s flinch starts at the 50-second mark.

“Getting this one right doesn’t mean that Triplette’s crew had a good night,” added Rosenthal.

The PFT writer pointed to a “clear hold” by Johnson on defensive tackle Terrence Cody moments earlier, but Cody was called for defensive holding.   He also said the holding call on Baltimore during the Ravens’ punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter was “questionable.” 

The Ravens never pointed to the referees as the reason for their loss.

“I’m not in any position to rate the referees,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said after the game.  “It’s not something I’m qualified to do.  I don’t have a problem with that right now.”

Rehashing the play may just be pouring salt on old wounds. Just like watching the Steelers beat the Jets, 24-19, in the AFC Championship last night.

The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck says watching Pittsburgh advance to the Super Bowl was tough for Ravens fans to stomach … unless seeing Pittsburgh take on the Packers serves as validation for Baltimore’s season.

Reed’s Brother Possibly Found, Not Recovered

After 17 days of uncertainty, the Reed family had hoped they would finally get answers about their missing relative Brian Reed.

But after a volunteer group, Texas Equusearch, found a body in the Mississippi River around 3 p.m. Sunday using sonar, divers weren’t able to recover it because river currents carried it away, according to FOX 8 News. The volunteer team had to call off the search at 6 p.m. when they were losing daylight.

“Sometime during the time they were getting their equipment ready, and the time that they had the sonar reading and positively placed the body in the water… they believe the body has broken loose and is no longer in that spot,” Kenner Police Lt. Wayne McInnis told reporters.

Now the Reed’s are still left without the closure they were looking for.

“I’m just shocked that after all of this time, we find him … hopefully … and he’s gone … again,” said Shenata Jackson, a cousin of Reed.

Reed reportedly jumped into the river while trying to evade police.

Brian is the brother of Ed Reed and family members told FOX 8 that the Ravens safety was at the scene along the river after being alerted his brother may have been found.

The search will resume Monday, but there’s concern where the river could take the body next because of heavy river traffic and a strong current.

Mattison On Leaving For Wolverines: Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

Ravens former Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison unexpectedly left Baltimore to take the same role for the Michigan Wolverines.  Mattison returns to Michigan after serving as its defensive line coach and coordinator from 1992 to 1996.

Mattison wasn’t able to give parting comments to Ravens fans, but he recently spoke with mgoblue.com, saying that he was thrilled to return to Michigan.

“I guess you never realize how much you miss it till you come back,” said Mattison. “My wife and I were saying that coming up the stairs today. It’s like coming home.”

Asked if it was difficult to leave Baltimore, Mattison said it took a special set of circumstances to leave a great situation with the Ravens.

“I definitely wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for [Michigan Head Coach] Brady Hoke. I was at a great situation, but when it became Michigan, and it became Brady Hoke, it was too hard to pass up.

“I’m glad; it’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made, based on my feeling right now, being here.”

Turns Out, McClain Does Want To Return

When he was cleaning out his locker in Owings Mills for the offseason, Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain sounded like he didn’t think he would return to Baltimore.

“I felt like I would have been used a little more this season. It is what it is,” McClain said on January 17. “I’m over that now. It was four great years in Baltimore, and I’m looking forward to the future. It’s out of my control.”

But McClain has posted messages on his Twitter account that suggest he wants and plans on being back in purple in black.

I want to come back and play for the ravens so bad. This is home to me, but I just want to be involved more,” he tweeted later that same day.  ”Ravens we’ll be back next year…. #FACT.”

Three days later, McClain followed up with another tweet, “Baltimore Ravens all the way to Indy next year,” he wrote. “Gone head and book your flights and hotels…. #Ready2GetBackStarted”

Michael Oher Signing

While most are familiar with his life story depicted in The Blind Side, for the first time Ravens tackle Michael Oher has released the account of his journey in his own words.

In his book entitled I Beat the Odds, Oher gives more detail and his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life.

Oher will be at the Power Plant Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. to sign copies of his new book.

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Book flights and hotels to Indy?? C'mon, as long as Cam's still in town, I'll just keep my money in the bank. Can you spell inconsistency? I can...C A M.

The wound from two terrible losses to the Steelers is still fresh...knowing that we gave them both games and they didn't beat us makes me absolutely sick. Hearing (because I won't watch) that they keep winning, makes it even worse.
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The Jets need to complain as well. There were obvious non-calls in that game. we all know the league loves the Steelers.

"Its hard to win at heinz field for any team when the refs are Steelers fans and getting a nice secret bonus"....
Also agree with this comment I read .
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The Squeelers always seem to have the refs in their favour i just dont get it. Where can i get Ohers book!!!!
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@TDubbs Oher will be at the Power Plant Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. to sign copies of his new book.
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I would rather have them call attention to that stupid holding on Webb's TD. It was so obvious that the Steeler player let himself fall backwards.
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Of course they did. What else would we expect from the league regarding their darling Steelers.

The refs could have made a couple of other good no-calls. Like not reversing a game changing play on the punt return based on a flop and not giving the squealers 5 shots at the end zone from inside the 5 with the first defensive holding call I've seen in 40 years.

Of course the team didn't point to the refs as the reason they lost. They aren't supposed to. That's our job :-)
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I read an interesting article in SI about the real reason behind home field advantage. The article goes on to state that home field advantage has nothing to do with crowd noise, playing on familiar turf, traveling, or where you slept in the hotel. Ultimately the article concludes that home field advantage rests with referee bias.

Now the article does go on to say this may be a subconscious thing, and making a snap judgment can be influenced by the crowd's reaction. But that being said there is an obvious statistical advantage on referee decisions going in the home team's favor that can't be ignored. This is even more true with the more people at the game, and the bigger the game is and this is especially blatant in Baseball, and Soccer.

So what do you really expect from the refs? They are part timers that are over-worked and underpaid. They are obviously working for fringe benefits like being able to see the game up close, or influencing a close game. Are we as Baltimore fans really surprised at all by the questionable, and missed calls? The '08 championship game is actually probably the best example of referee bias in football history.

As a football fan first and foremost all I want is to not see a game that is decided by refs. As a football fan I enjoy the game for the spectacular plays, and I don't enjoy watching refs throwing little yellow hankies everywhere.
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[quote name='BirdsofPrey' timestamp='1295880538' post='622963']
Book flights and hotels to Indy?? C'mon, as long as Cam's still in town, I'll just keep my money in the bank. Can you spell inconsistency? I can...C A M.

The wound from two terrible losses to the Steelers is still fresh...knowing that we gave them both games and they didn't beat us makes me absolutely sick. Hearing (because I won't watch) that they keep winning, makes it even worse.
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Get ready for another year of a frustrating, underachieving offense. Not sure why the organization has a love affair with Cameron.
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who cares bout turning in plays bout refs what DOES that help we already out and IM NOT WATCHING the superbowl i'll c who won.. but have no need help the nfl ratings i dcnt care if it dont matter i refuse watching a BORING GAME
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I dont think organization has a love affair with cam if the cba wasn't set to expire i think they wouldve fired him the day after the steelers loss. its just that with a new off coord you need to learn new plays and terminology and with a lockout they are not permitted to have meetings with any team staff. I want cam fired as much as the next person, itll b interesting to see what happens when new cba is signed.
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Tired of the possible excuses we try to come up with. Yes the steelers are dirty and yes it seems like the refs go against us...but it is no excuse. The steelers beat us . We just need to move on and get our crap together and win its time for us to start man handling the steelers. We had our chance to beat them and we let it slip away....as far as i see it were the only team that could beat them and it looks like our superbowl belongs to them now.
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ummm....

Ravens are up 21-7 at the half....come out in the 3rd qrtr....Ravens have 3 turnovers in their own territory...Steelers capitalize off of all 3....Ravens lose the game to the Steelers.....again!

the refs had NOTHING to do with that!

it's over! let it go! move on!
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how can we move on if pitt wins the superbowl its gonna sting for quite sum time 3 in 6 years they won it and 2 been againist us for lettin them move on to beat a crappy cardinals team when that could been us to now we could have beaten the jets at least @ home WOW ravens u blew 2 superbowls
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You can say it was our fault that we turned the ball over 3 times and should not have made this game close enough for the refs to ruin.

You can say we lost, its over and we just have to move on.

But don't say that an 8-point turnaround in the final 4 minutes of a 3-point game based on the flags has nothing to do with the outcome. That's a noble view - but simply ridiculous.
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Well I guess Im a Packers fan now.
I beated against the Steelers the whole playoffs and lost big money.
Black and Yellow is killing me.
When I hear the song on the radio it makes me crazy.
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We did'nt blow any Super Bowls, tsizzlefan55, in order to blow a game, you have to be in it! Get over it and move on. 3 years ago, if we had made it, our team was so tired from not having a true bye week, we probably would have gotten stomped by the then high powered Cardinals offense. But thats hindsight and its always 20\20. In response to this article, I would love to see McClain back in a Ravens uniform healthy and more of a part of the offense, but he needs to learn to pick up blitzes better and open better running lanes. The advice I have for McClain is work hard and don't assume because you have been a pro-bowler in the past, that you will automatically get the playing time you want. Earn it.
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corey; i think any radio station that played that song here would get blown up!!


If you listened to B's press remarks - basically keeping Cam was Harbs' decision, one that he will either live to fight another day or they will both be unemployed. Thus, being one of the decisions Harbs is now being involved with "building" a new playbook so just incase he has to fire Cam during the season he knows what the offense is about, cause as it is now for both O & D Harbs has no clue what's in the playbook!!!

Also, as for Pagono gtg promoted don't forget this is the very same guy who coached our secondary all year; the very same secondary that gave up leads in the 4th qrtr - cough cough, a 3 and 19 to Pitt in the Divisional round cough cough - and we are supposed to be excited about him coordinating our entire defense - GREAT!!!!! I can see this franchise moving in the wrong direction rather quickly...
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Terrible... I won't get back into football until the draft. Hopefully our next draft picks won't fall down steps because of "Narcolepsy"
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The reason Pagano's secondary gave up so many big plays in the second halves of games this year is because there was no pass rush. You can't expect a corner or safety to cover 100% of every play. No pass rush= corners and safeties having to run around a lot more than you want them to. Meaning they get tired in the second half quicker. Not to say, players like Fabian Washington dont suck because he does, but give Pagano a chance, and with him not coaching the secondary, maybe our new secondary coach will do a better job.
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Here are my top 5 priorities:
1) Same- rework O-line - it takes 1 player either a stud LT and Oher back to right or a stud RT - moves Yanda back to RG and gives us depth (hopefully Birk doesnt retire
2) Find someone who can develop Flacco's progressions and field vision - Bottom line, Joe is our QB for years, just needs one shortcoming corrected, but this is big
3) Rework WRs - Hopefully Mason returns, use Boldin more on slants, Housh and Stallworth keep only if cheap, work Reed and Dickson in more - would like to see is Dickson can't be more of a hybrid TE/Wr - caught a number if 20-25 yd passes and see if he cant win jump balls in end zone - see if Reed cant be a Welker, Stokely type of posession type receiver
4) Flat out pay and sigm Asomugha - completely solve defensive backfield
5) Use McClain as the change of pace, hard pounding RB with the quick Rice - I love McGahee, but he isnt that bull we need - find a backup pure FB
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