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Additional Minnesota Viking Commentary

The NFL ... just doesn't care.  Officiating is not about getting it right ... it's about absolute power.  Absolute omnipotent power corrupts absolutely. 

The home team has an absolute advantage over instant replay & by definition that gives the home field an absolute advantage over a coaches red flag challenges.  By rule, the head coach has to throw out the challenge flag before the next ball is snapped & if no replay is shown in that stadium, the head coach must risk using his very valuable challenges, maybe prematurely, without the benefit of seeing any replay.  On the other hand, any incident that occurs on the field that might benefit the home team, they will get to see every possible camera angle, and maybe multiple replays of the best camera angle before having to throw that challenge flag. 

It is for this reason that the challenge rule must be changed.  To give the away team an equal opportunity at challenging the play, when the challenge flag is thrown by the head coach, at least five different replay camera angles of the play must be shown on the on-field screen & in the coaches booth.  The head coach, after these replays, should then be given the opportunity to request that the call on the play be overturned or be given the opportunity of picking up the flag.  After all, if these games can come down to one play ... shouldn't we get this right.  
On Case Keenum 2nd interception versus the Redskins, it was returned for an apparent "pick-6" touchdown.  By NFL rule, the complete play should have been reviewed on two counts.  All turnovers are to be reviewed and all scoring plays are to be reviewed.  Note, that it doesn't say to partially review the play ... the entire play is to be reviewed.  Instead, after having "NO STADIUM REPLAY", it was ruled that the interceptor stepped out at the 2 yard line, where the resulting fumble was ignored (2nd change of possession).  The Redskins where then allowed to run a play from the 2 yard line which lead to an eventual touchdown. The play was not fully reviewed because it wasn't ruled a touchdown & no challenge flag was thrown by Coach Mike Zimmer.  Because it was a clear interception, the play was not reviewed because only the interception part of the play was considered however by NFL rule, the entire play needed to be completely reviewed ... not just part of the change in possession.  In other words, the Redskins should never have been given the opportunity of snapping the ball at the 2 without a complete review of that play.  Instead, no review of the play ever happened.   What is absolutely clear is that if the fumble in the end zone had benefited the home team, it is clear that replay would have focused on the previously ignored part of the play ... ad nausium ... to get the call on the field overturned without having the home team head coach have to throw out his challenge flag as then ... and only then ... would it be stated that the entire interception play needed to be reviewed.      

Much later, the replay of that interception was replayed where "THE REPLAY" was altered for our viewing pleasure ... because, after all, it's important to get the story right.  What was shown on the field replay was the interception where the tape was cut as the interceptor reached approximately the 4 yard line so as not to show what actually happened.

What actually happened was very interesting indeed.  Case Keenum, trying to make up for his futile mistake actually made the tackle on the play.  The problem, of course, is that he made contact at the 4 yard line which resulted in a second loss of possession (a fumble) that did not go out of bounds at the 2 yard line.  Instead, the ball stayed in bounds and went out of bounds in the end-zone.  Although the interceptor did step out at the 2 yard line as ruled ... he did not have possession of the ball as the loss of possession began at the 4 yard line.  It is unclear why the coaches in the booth did not respond immediately because the interceptors immediate
BODY LANGUAGE indicated that a catastrophe just occurred because it was clear that he knew that he just fumbled the ball out of the end zone resulting in a touch back ... Minnesota Vikings ball at our 20 yard line 1st & 10.the clock but on this occasion its in reference to reading body language..  

Allow me to say this directly, where there isn't any misunderstanding of what needs to be said.  No coach that walks the face of this earth is worth a shit until he is made to officiate a game where everyone on that field could be in their face in an instant.  Said another way no baseball coach can truly coach baseball of softball until he is made to umpire games.  Now let's put this statement into perspective.  There is a play at 2nd base.  The ball hits leather in time and the runner reaches base on-time.  As the umpire making the call you are completely out of position with an absolute obstructed view.  What's the call?  The resulting delayed call results from
Body Language.  Now deal with it.      

If Mike Zimmer doesn't have some trusted associate in the booth, or on the field, whose primary role is evaluate body language, then that would be like having 53 man roster of nothing but Stefon Diggs.  I'll explain that later.

You might believe that reading body language is ridiculous & you might believe that that call at 2nd base was ridiculous but it's not.  More can be discerned from body language than from just about any other method.  That is of fact.  In fact, you might have a read on your kickers body language before a field goal attempt on 4th & 2 in the red zone.  

Now for Diggs.  There's approximately 4 minutes left on the clock.  He's thrown a wide receiver screen in the flat on the left.  He rips off a big gain where he out-runs Pat Elflein's block that could have resulted in a touch down.  Then to add insult to injury he twirls a dance for us and steps out of bounds to stop the clock.  Any other coach worth his salt would have immediately benched Diggs as you're not just playing against these officials ... you're not just playing against the Lion's ... You're playing against the clock.  It's time to grow up as this league is allot more than just JOHNNY RUN FAST.  Simply stated, you've got to know when you have to stop the clock & you have to know when to keep that clock running. 

Now before you make the most incredible mistake of your life, like Atlanta "TIME MANAGEMENT" did last year, there has be a direct & unquestioned orders given by Coach Mike Zimmer that leaves absolutely no question of what that absolute command means.  When this fist specific command is given by Mike Zimmer, you are to get out of bounds to stop the clock to preserve time.  When this second specific command is given by Mike Zimmer, you are to end every play in bounds & under no circumstances are you to go out of bounds.  In the ART of WAR, the rules of which that were written centuries ago, it was clearly understood that vague orders resulted in the destruction armies.  Robert E. Lee, the brilliant master of Chancellorsville, once uttered "take the high ground if practicable".  His subordinate commander then evaluated that the members under his command were tired & did their duty for the day & then halted his attack while the defenders of those heights built a defense through the night to prepare for tomorrows ensuing attack.  Thousands of men lost their lives on that battle field because Robert E. Lee wasn't prepared to draw his saber & cut his subordinate in half in front of his entire army if his absolute order wasn't followed without question.  It is clear this was the case because he did not utter an absolute order to take the heights of Little Round Top of July 1st, 1863.       

Every week we hear that Coach Mike Zimmer has a week of preparation to clean up or clear up things ... points of emphasis ... for the week.  Is it any wonder that John Wooden, of UCLA fame, taught his players how to put on their socks on the first day of practice every year.  His command & his orders where never questioned.  Sure, to a man they thought it was ridiculous, but in time they understood how every command fit together like pieces of a puzzle & to a man ... they loved him for it.  

When you (Coach Mike Zimmer) put your hands ... taunting Adam Thielen ... where Adam warned him not to take that stance because he will have no choice but to fight it out ... Zimmer stated ... "What makes you think that I'd quit".  I'm not sure Zim is prepared to cut someone in half but it is clear this mock taunt is clearly indicating what he's willing to do for his players.  Coach Zimmer has been preparing for an opportunity ... an event ... and it is clear that he's not willing to lose thousands of men on making some stupid mistake.  Coach Zimmer is no where near perfect ... just like his players but it is also clear that he's learning every day.  I'm just sick of having to learn those lessons on the worlds greatest stage.

Why is it screaming at me that the order of appearance has not ended yet.  Both Michael Floyd & Teddy Bridgewater still have to major roles to fill.     

Teddy, you heart may be torn from you watching Case on the field.  Be prepared, as Case's grasps your chest with all he has left in measured painful words ... "Finish This".  None of us gets to decide what will be prolog.  What will Chicago do ... are they men?

The Viking Ghost Writer
Date: November 25, 2017