Are you hoping they keep or get rid of Roethlisberger? As bad as the Steelers have been for most of the year, I still fear Ben as much as just about any QB.
I'm not so sure if moving it off-site and making them blind to the original call would be improvements, but I've been saying forever that it would be faster and better if the on-field refs didn't have to do it themselves.
Right. Whether it's in New York or upstairs in the stadium is neither here nor there ... the thing that has always bothered me was the fact that the guys who made the original calls were the ones reviewing themselves. Even the best of them is going to have a little bias inside from time to time so keeping it out of their hands is a good idea. I assume that centralizing it instead of having an extra ref at every game is just a financial thing.
And his comparison to medical trials is hard to argue with, in defense of the double blind idea. But is it ultimately necessary? Perhaps not.
The important thing about those changes is that they may or may not improve things, but it would be really, really, hard to make the argument AGAINST them. They certainly couldn't hurt. ;)
The problem with the above described double blind is that it doesn't seem to have anything for correcting non-calls, and I see that as necessary as correcting mistaken calls. The other day, they even missed a false start and called it against the defense for encroachment. If the defense hadn't jumped, the false start would have been ignored even under the double blind system.
There are too many missed calls on pass interference too, both with flags which should never have been thrown and non-calls which are shown to be blatant fouls on replay. Since PI is such a potentially game changing penalty, I feel that something needs to be done to ensure that obvious mistakes are being corrected.