After further review, Jones votes no on instant replay Dallas dissent makes replay return doubtful

March 11, 1996|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said yesterday he voted against instant replay in the competition committee, a move that may doom the Washington Redskins' attempt to bring back replay this year.

Jones' vote means the competition committee will recommend by a 4-3 vote that the owners not reinstate the controversial officiating tool at their annual March meeting this week. Instant replay was used from 1986 to 1991.

"I'm a soft no, but still a no," said Jones, who was considered to be a pivotal swing vote on the committee.

Joining Jones in opposing the measure were Mike Brown of Cincinnati, Tampa Bay's Rich McKay and George Young of the New York Giants.

The members of the committee who voted yes were all coaches -- George Seifert of San Francisco, Dennis Green of Minnesota and Green Bay's Mike Holmgren.

A total of 26 of the 30 coaches favor the use of instant replay on a modified basis and it would take 23 owners' votes to approve it.

But some team owners are against it even though their coaches like one of the proposals advanced by the Redskins. They favor using a challenge system similar to the one that was used by the now-defunct USFL or a system in which only sideline, scoring and change-of-possession plays are reviewed.

Jones, though, said bringing back instant replay would only delay the game more and give the television announcers more time to second-guess the officials.

"That's not the way to promote the NFL," Jones said. "There's just no way to make it work."

Jones also said there were 35,000 plays last year and only 40 would have been overturned by instant replay so it wouldn't make that much difference if it were brought back.

When instant replay was used from 1986 until 1991, it reviewed all plays, but there were times the replay officials overturned calls the league later said should have been let stand. There were many complaints that it delayed the game.

Jones said that in one Dallas-Miami game, the game was stopped 19 times for reviews and not one call was overturned.

The owners will get the competition committee's recommendation today and vote on the matter later this week.

Pub Date: 3/11/96

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