Make the Call: A Towel, Fake Spike and Altered Outcome

In The 33rd Team’s new series Make the Call, former NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino and former NFL head coach Dirk Koetter discuss the most influential and head-scratching decisions made by referees in Week 1. Can a player really be penalized for using a towel? Did the Bengals cost themselves a win by refusing to challenge a play? Should the Browns have lost due to a late penalty that was overruled?

Find out the answers to these questions and more, in the inaugural episode of Make the Call. For reference, here are the plays discussed by Blandino and Koetter, and timestamps for when the discussion happens.

1. Trenton Gill Uses A Towel (1:00)

2. Why Didn’t the Bengals Review This Play? (5:20)

3. Why Was the Flag Picked up in Carolina? (10:17)

Training Camp

How Coaches Teach Their Players to Adapt to NFL Rule Changes

Rule changes come with growing pains for all parties involved. Officials have to understand and adjudicate them, and coaches and players have to learn and adjust to them. Former NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino sits down with coaches Chuck Pagano and Dirk Koetter to talk about rule changes and how to prepare players for dealing with them.

“Just like you’re scouting the officials—the officials are scouting the team,” Blandino said.

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