CarlosinKC says – Bob, I can’t believe there hasn’t been more made in K.C. about the horrible officiating in from the game in Oakland. I don’t want to whine, but it was just #*&@% bad. How can the NFL allow that kind of work by the referees?

Bob says – Carlos, I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been covering NFL games for the last 35 seasons, watching them with interest for another 10 on top of that and that may have been the worst officiated game I’ve seen. There were three different occasions in that game where Jeff Triplette and his crew lost control of the game. It happened when they didn’t know what down it was. It happened again on a fumbled punt. For a third time it happened on a replay booth review in the final moments of the game.

Forget the fact that the officials just destroyed any flow to the game with the 27 penalties that were walked off against both teams. There were a handful of other flags called but were declined. I don’t think the way the Raiders normally play pulled the Chiefs into the gutter with them. I think the way they play changes the perspective of the officials and the striped shirts are more prone to chuck the yellow hanky.

So a replay challenge by Raiders coach Tom Cable takes a TD pass to TE Tony Moeaki off the scoreboard as it was ruled on the field. The replay shows Moeaki down at the one-yard line, making it 1st-and-goal at the one. But Triplette and his crew had no idea what down it really was. They thought it was fourth down. Why? Who knows? Those types of explanations are not made public.

But none should be necessary. What’s more basic for the guys in control of the game than keeping track of the downs? The sideline markers showed the No. 4, but those people are not with the officials; they are hired by the home team. It’s not their job to correct mistakes. It’s their job to show the down and location as ordered by the zebras.

Luckily, their error was corrected before another snap of the ball, but only after a great deal of chatter between Todd Haley and the game officials. At one point, the CBS-TV sideline microphone picked up Haley telling Triplette he would be embarrassed by this mistake if it wasn’t corrected.

The next one came on a fumbled punt by the Raiders. There was a mad scramble for the ball. Early in the scrum, an official signaled Raiders ball. Moments later, another official pointed in the Chiefs direction. The pile of players just go bigger, the pushing and shoving got more pointed and still no ruling.

Finally, Triplette indicated it was the Chiefs ball. Cable and the Raiders bench went crazy and that started a several minute huddle between Cable and Triplette for which there was no reason. Cable couldn’t ask for a replay review because he was out of challenges.

Then on the drive that led to the FG that tied the game, the replay assistant decided there needed to be a review of a completion to WR Jacoby Ford. There was no obvious reason for looking at it twice; the ball seemed a clear catch. But the booth has that right.

The only problem was Triplette didn’t signal for a pause in play before the Raiders spiked the ball to stop the clock. Once that snap went off, there should have been no replay. But Triplette turned back the clock, in effect giving the Raiders a timeout without using a down.

Officiating an NFL game is tough business. That’s why they are supposed to be the best in the business. But these were not bang-bang decisions. This was administrative stuff and it was so completely botched that Triplette and his crew should get slapped with a fine or suspension or a week.

Had this clown show actually affected the scoreboard or outcome, we would have heard a lot more in the aftermath. In the end, the Chiefs played as poorly as the officials and that’s why they lost.


Chuck says – Bob, I fully agree with all of your grades (after the Raiders game.) When do we get Dexter back???? This team is not a playoff team. I thought we looked very inept against the Raiders. We couldn’t run the ball worth a darn. Both J. Charles and T. Jones had miserable days. Hope Charles is OK as he did suffer an injury. I thought Bowe looked like his usual self as he dropped a pass that probably would have won us the game. We’re just NOT THERE YET.

Bob says – No, the Chiefs are not there yet, and if anybody was drinking the Kool-Aid and bought Super Bowl tickets to see the red and gold in Dallas come February, they must be very disappointed. This team is improved, but they have not reached a point where they can be considered legitimate contenders. Right now, they remain pretenders. That doesn’t mean they can’t continue their progress over the last eight weeks. But the equation right now hasn’t changed from the start of the season – they don’t yet have enough talent. They have a chance to be a good, and you are right they are NOT THERE YET.


BOBp says – You seem to be very hard on the Chiefs in your analysis. Everybody knows this is a rebuilding situation. Shouldn’t they get some grace period or something? They are better, they just aren’t good enough.

Bob says – Robert, here’s my position as succinctly as I can put it: this is professional football, where the only constant is change and things happen quickly. There is no grace period. There are no red-shirt seasons. All I’ve done is point out the reality of the situation, which is yes they are better, and yes they aren’t good enough. We are in total agreement on that point.

When they’ve been good, I’ve written about why. When they haven’t been good, I’ve written about that as well. Despite what some people think, this is how I’ve always written about the Chiefs, even when I was penning columns for Nobody in the old regime ever had a problem when I wrote they stunk, when they stunk.

The Chiefs don’t stink right now. They are still trying to find their way back, but there’s no grace period in observation. I’m not going to be like my media brethren and the way they approach the Kansas City Royals; they give them a pass because they are supposedly competing in a flawed system, even though they now get tens of millions of dollars each year in revenue sharing.

Clark Hunt blew up his organization two years ago. Scott Pioli blew up the football operation once he was hired. To warrant those massive changes, they need to produce. They wanted change and they need to show results from that strategy and they need to do it quickly.

Some of that is already visible. For that they deserve credit. But there’s a long way to go and nobody gets medals before the results are visible on the field.

9 Responses to “ANSWER BOB: Nov. 10”

  • November 11, 2010  - aPauled says:

    …and that’s why we subscribe to…to get Bob’s honest perspective. Thanks for what you do Bob!

  • November 11, 2010  - Rick says:


    Yes, they aren’t good enough yet – BUT they are relevant. That is a long way from where they have been. Having said that, I read your columns because you keep it real.

    Rick W

  • November 11, 2010  - scott.go says:

    Bob, you mentioned that the officiating did not affect the outcome of the game, but I recall a clear holding “non-call” where the Raiders had a handful of Tamba’s jersey on the long completion to Ford. We were all screaming holding but no flag. Seems like that would have meant 10 yard penalty rather than 40+ yard completion. No FG.

  • November 11, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    On the penalty comment. I have always “believed”, no facts, that any team playing the raiders are probably called for more “penalties” themselves! There were some HUGE calls against us that I wondered if they were really penalties! Another thing is I don’t remember seeing very many replays of alot of these “penalties”. For instance, the block in the back call on berry that called back the return by arenas. Did they show a replay??? I might have been too mad at the time! :) I’m not saying any of these calls against the chiefs weren’t legitimate, but considering how bad the crew was and considering how disciplined we have played in the previous 7 games, I find it interesting that now all of a sudden we become undisciplined! And some of that could have been because they were playing the raiders and stooped to their level a little.
    @ scott.go- good catch, i saw it too. In fact I see it ALOT against Hali. I would say that he is prob the one guy in the league that has the most non calls on the guy “blocking” him! Once he gets a bigger name, he’ll start getting them.

    On the team, I would agree that we are better and not there yet! We have one 5 games in the 1st half and that can’t be chalked up to “luck”, not in the NFL! We have something going and I’m trying to stay positive, but they really need to start playing better ball than they have the last two weeks!

  • November 11, 2010  - Justin says:

    Hali get mauled or held on nearly every snap. I often see guys with their left or right arm clotheslining him and still no call. What is the deal?

  • November 11, 2010  - JohnNdallas says:

    Dan, your right, they didn’t show a replay of the illegal block in the back on Berry,(not an isso view anyway) but you can see Berry in the upper corner make the block and it looked like a legit block to me. Think Berry got screwed on that one. You can get NFL Rewind free this week, go ck it out, see if you too think it was a good block.

  • November 11, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    thanks john, I was probably still running down the hallway and thought I had missed it!

  • November 11, 2010  - TX_ChiefAN says:

    I completely agree w/ Carlos, and Bob thanks for your in-depth response to the poor officiating.
    Several times that game my wife asked if the officials were paid off. The sorry thing was they were calling bad calls on both sides. My question to you Bob, is will Tom Cable get fined for talking bad about the officiating? I am watching the NFL replay of this game (with much despair) and at least twice he has called out the officiating (and they won!). Grant it, I haven’t heard all of Todd’s commentary since the game but I have yet to hear him complain on the officiating. Like I alluded to earlier, the officiating sucked on both sides of the ball, but I don’t hear us blaming the refs…and we lost!

  • November 11, 2010  - TDKC says:

    Thanks a lot Bob. I was over the raiders game but your comments were so right on that I’m pissed again. (sarcasm)

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