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November 12, 2008
Pereira: I wouldn't want to do anything different

Head of NFL officiating Mike Pereira was just on NFL Network to discuss, among other things, the final frantic seconds of Monday night's 49ers game. The 49ers' coaches are upset that, following a review of Frank Gore's second-down run, they weren't personally notified that the ball would be placed at the 2 ½ yard line instead of inside the 1 yard line, which is the spot from where they thought the final play would be run. Indeed, they called a very short-yardage play -- a fullback dive -- when they needed a longer one. Referee Tony Corrente announced the new ball placement to the crowd, but the announcement was drowned out by the crowd noise. Mike Singletary today said he asked for an explanation of the proper protocol by the league, but as of midday Wednesday he had not heard back from anyone.

Here's what Pereira had to say of what he described as the "chaos" at the end of the game. He said that the officials correctly determined that Gore had been touched down at the 2 ½ yard line. They also correctly decided to put the clock in motion upon the placement of the ball. Pereira noted that Corrente not only announced that to the crowd but went up to Shaun Hill and made sure he knew that the clock would immediately start. In the replay, Hill can be seen then immediately saying something to center Eric Heitmann, presumably that he needed to snap the ball quickly.

"That's our normal procedures," Pereira said. "That's the procedures. That's the procedures coming out of replay and I wouldn't want to do anything different."

Is it the responsibility of the referee to notify the coaches, Pereira was asked?

"No. It's not. My normal procedure in any replay is to make the announcement for everybody to hear and then get back and get the play set up, make sure the teams on the field know the status of the clock. I can't have different procedures for different situations. As long as we follow the normal things that we do in replay we're fine.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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