Replacement referees gave Titans extra 12 yards in overtime
9/24/2012 7:05:16 AM
Replacement officials erred Sunday when they incorrectly spotted the ball after a personal foul on Tennessee's only possession of overtime, and Lions coach Jim Schwartz said they ignored his pleas to re-mark the ball, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
"I kept on trying to alert them to that fact," Schwartz said after the Lions' 44-41 loss. "It's overtime, I can't challenge anything.
"Obviously, there was a miscommunication, I don't know what you call it from an enforcement standpoint. As soon as the play was declared incomplete, it should have been a 15-yard (mark-off) from the play before."
Instead of a 15-yard penalty, officials marked off a 27-yard penalty on linebacker Stephen Tulloch for a helmet-to-helmet hit on tight end Craig Stevens.
Officials ruled Stevens caught the pass on the play, but overturned that call on replay.
The Titans' drive ended with a 26-yard field goal, the final points.
An NFL spokesperson did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.
Both sides met over the weekend in what were some of the more intense talks yet, sources familiar with the situation said, but the sides aren't close.
Sources said the NFL Referees Association made concessions in both compensation and pension requests, but those concessions were rejected by the league's lawyers. No counteroffer was made to the officials, a source said.
One NFL source told CBSSports.com: "There has been no discussion of owners getting directly involved. They are fully apprised and supportive of our goal to improve officiating long term and our bargaining position. We did not view what occurred yesterday as concessions. There are significant differences on a full range of issues [economic and non-economic]."
So it appears the two sides are as far apart as ever.