According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, Walt Anderson’s officiating crew is not expected to face discipline from the NFL for a confusing end to the first half of the Seahawks’ win over the Bills Monday night.
After Richard Sherman’s hit on Bills kicker Dan Carpenter was not penalized because he was already offsides and thus the play was dead, the play clock was not stopped. Players thought the half was over, leading for them to leave the field before an announcement was made saying the half was not over. The Bills were then charged an injury timeout, but the play clock was not properly reset afterwards, leading to a delay of game call on the Bills for their second attempt at the kick.
After the game, players and coaches were critical of the job the refs did. Rex Ryan said, “From an officiating standpoint, I think you can do a little better than that." Tyrod Taylor wasn’t as polite, saying the refs were “horrible.”
While the officiating crew will not be punished, it will face the normal evaluation that officials are subject to after each game. Total grades for the year factor into whether officials get postseason gigs, keep their current status or, in some cases, lose their jobs.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.