Originally Posted by SteelSD
Overall, it was an exciting game, GAC. The holding on the last punt return was a huge blunder, but the double-burn of the two Time Outs on the challenge was inexcusable. Even with the hold on the return, the Browns were able to drive deep enough to get a tying field goal IF they would have had one of those TO's left rather than having to burn two downs during the final four plays with spikes to stop the clock. That TD catch wasn't going to be overturned. Everyone but Crennel seemed to know it and even if it was reversed by some act of referee stupidity, the Steelers still had a third-and-goal from the 2 at worst.
I can maybe understand the first Time Out in order to get a better look at it, but Crennel would have been better served to just close his eyes and throw the red flag prior to that. Yeah, he was money on his first challenge, but that last challenge was akin to throwing good money after bad.
No doubt that Crennel blew that challenge but it does go to the idiocy of the replay rule in the NFL. So often it comes down to getting a look at a decent replay before the offense quick snaps the ball on the next play. That's not what NFL football is about and I don't see why the NFL doesn't change it because its the coaches that look bad in this system and it's mainly coaches on the competition committee.