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December 04, 2000
A review of the NFL's two-year-old instant replay system shows that some coaches love to hit rewind while others would just as soon fast forward through their past challenges. Is there an art to tossing the red flag? Depends on whom you ask. "We're careful with how we use our challenges," says Redskins coach Norv Turner. "We don't challenge a call unless we feel it's an obvious error." That explains Turner's robust .714 winning percentage on challenges, more than double the regular-season average of .330.
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December 04, 2000

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Coaches' challenge records (since instant replay's return in 1999)

Best

WON-LOST

Worst

WON-LOST

Tom Coughlin, Jaguars

6-2

Jeff Fisher, Titans

0-5

Norv Turner, Redskins

5-2

George Seifert, Panthers

0-5

Bill Cowher, Steelers

5-3

Jim Mora, Colts

1-9

Dick Jauron, Bears

4-3

Brian Billick, Ravens

2-9

Dennis Green, Vikings

4-4

Dan Reeves, Falcons

2-9

Note: minimum four challenges

A review of the NFL's two-year-old instant replay system shows that some coaches love to hit rewind while others would just as soon fast forward through their past challenges. Is there an art to tossing the red flag? Depends on whom you ask. "We're careful with how we use our challenges," says Redskins coach Norv Turner. "We don't challenge a call unless we feel it's an obvious error." That explains Turner's robust .714 winning percentage on challenges, more than double the regular-season average of .330.

Some coaches are less discriminating. "I've made challenges when I knew they were going to be denied," says Giants coach Jim Fassel, who lost seven in a row before getting a call overturned on Oct. 29 against the Eagles. "One time the other team was driving and I was going to call a timeout anyway, and there happened to be a play worth reviewing. So I just used the instant replay and got the timeout that way."

So does replay success have any bearing on team success? Well, Jeff Fisher, whose Titans are 9-3, is tied with the Panthers' George Seifert for the worst record in the league on challenges. "The system gives us an opportunity to correct an obvious error," says Fisher, shrugging off his 0-5 challenge record. "That's all we want."

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