Referees From Giants Redskins Sunday Night Game Should be Suspended
The down dial says "1" for first down. Mike Shanahan wanted a measurement, but was told it was a first down and a measurement was not needed. So, on what the Skins thought was first down, the Skins call a pass downfield that is dropped by Fred Davis. It comes up on what they thought was second down, but in fact it was FOURTH. Because Triplette, the referee, never signaled first down, the chains were moved incorrectly. The fourth down play ended with Garcon catching a pass for a first down, and the ball wrestled away from him to end the game.
No, Washington did not lose this game because of the refs. If Davis doesn't drop the pass right in his hands, the "non first down" is moot, same thing if Garcon hangs onto the fourth down pass. But, that doesn't make Triplette's handling of the situation any less appalling.
No matter whether the ref called a first down or not, when you move those chains, you have signaled a first down. The whole building knows that to mean, first down. It affects the play call. If it is third and one, there is no way on God's green earth that Kyle Shanahan calls a downfield pass. The play he called was a first down call, made based on the chains being moved, and the down updated to "1".
This is the NFL, ladies and gentlemen. You cannot have these types of mistakes. If the chains are moved, Triplette needs to go ahead with the mistake, rather than taking a first down away from the Redskins. At the very least, stop the game, and fix the mis-communication. This is the NFL. Get it right.
But, according to Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network, these guys aren't going to be suspended. It's not unprecedented for referees and crew members to be suspended over calls on the field. If EVER a ref deserved to be suspended, it's Jeff Triplette. If not for the call, for the call, and his explanation of why they wouldn't stop the game.
Jeff was asked that very question, and his answer was, stopping the game would have given an unfair advantage to the Redskins. Seriously?! It would be an unfair advantage for them to, I don't know, know WHAT DOWN IT IS? THAT IS TOO MUCH TO ASK? Triplette didn't want to admit that as the referee, it all comes back on him, and he screwed up. There is your real answer.
That is why this crew should be suspended. Because they refused to do what was right. It's a joke if they don't receive serious discipline.