33 weeks later we have reached the end of the regular season. The final week produced more positive performances and good decisions, two of which you can pick from to decide our final Call of the Week winner.
An interesting offside decision in San Jose will serve as the educational material for this week and we are going to tie that decision to one from the play-in round of the playoffs.
No offside in Atlanta v Columbus
This decision is not from Week 33 but from the play in round of the playoffs. This decision received a lot of attention because it could not be sent to video review because the whistle clearly goes before the ball is kicked into the net. Here we will look at it to see, unfortunately, why it was incorrect.
The error was committed in focusing too much on a single player and not seeing the whole play. Columbus' Kamara is clearly running in an offside position and when the ball is passed it goes behind him to CLB #32 who was in an onside position. On the freeze frame it looks like a simple decision, but in live play it appeared offside. The AR did not let the play develop and raised the flag too quickly (on Kamara's position) missing the second attacker's run. As we have stated in previous reports, there is rarely a need for a quick flag and on this play, the quick flag negated the well timed run.
All season we have been making a concerted effort to be in the best position and keeping the flag down when not completely sure of offside. It has been very successful. The playoffs and the atmosphere associated with them add to the pressure to "be safe" and raise the flag. Stick with what has worked all regular season, be patient with your decision, give benefit of doubt to the attack and you will continue to be successful.
What Should You Do? San Jose v Minnesota
A long pass is made to a clearly offside positioned attacker who turns to chase the ball. In live play the AR raised the flag immediately, but as we mentioned in the clip above delaying the flag allows you to see the play develop and in some cases whether there is an actual offside infraction. Watch this play. Is this offside? Answer next week.
Winner - Call of the Week #32 - Jeff Muschik
Call of the Week #33
For our final Call of the Week competition you can choose from Danny Thornberry's no flag decision on a goal scored off a rebound from the goal keeper versus Jeremy Hanson's flagged offside the denies an obvious goal scoring opportunity in Seattle. Who has made our final Call of the Week?