Holmgren wonders why key TD wasn't reviewed
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said Wednesday that Keyshawn Johnson's late touchdown shouldn't have counted when Dallas rallied to
beat the Seahawks on Monday night.
Holmgren said replays and film study showed Johnson was not in bounds when he made the catch, and the coach questioned why replay officials didn't
review the play. The TD cut Seattle's lead to 39-36 with 1:45 remaining. Johnson appeared to come down in the end zone with one foot, then land on his
elbow out of bounds.
"He didn't score. That was not a touchdown," Holmgren said.
Johnson told reporters in Texas the issue is much ado about nothing, stirred simply because of his reputation for being outspoken. Cowboys quarterback
Vinny Testaverde also suggested safety Terreal Bierria pushed him out.
"My question is what is the rule if you get pushed? Is it a judgment call?" Testaverde said. "I think if he catches it cleanly, with nobody around,
he's down with two feet. I don't think anyone would argue that."
Holmgren called the NFL office Tuesday to express his concerns. Other than that, there's nothing the Seahawks (6-6) can do except move on to this
week's game at Minnesota.
The Cowboys got another TD from Julius Jones with 32 seconds to go and won 43-39. It was a huge win for Dallas and dropped Seattle into a first-place
tie with St. Louis atop the NFC West. The Rams hold the tiebreaker.
Holmgren is a member of the NFL's influential competition committee and helped draft the rules when replay was reinstituted for the 1999 season.
"The irony is that I am, and was, such an advocate of replay," he said. "It's discouraging when it doesn't appear the mechanics of it are done
Under replay rules, coaches can challenge certain judgments by officials except during the final two minutes of each half or in overtime. At that
point, only officials can decide if a play should be reviewed.
Holmgren was frustrated that Johnson's TD wasn't even considered for review. It became a moot point after the Cowboys kicked the extra point, which
eliminated the possibility for another look at the play.
He said any close play in the final two minutes of close games, especially scoring plays, should warrant a replay review.
"They have a replay official. In the last two minutes of the game, they should be going, 'OK, this is our time. Let's get ready.' Then if it's close,
look at it," Holmgren said.