Watch for illegal contact with receivers during regular-season games

One thing to keep in mind as the replacement officials become real officials is that the real officials don’t have any NFL experience.

And one of the biggest differences between the NFL level and the lower levels of the sport is that the NFL prohibits contact with receivers five yards beyond the line of scrimmage.

At the college and high-school level, there’s no such rule.  Which means that, in addition to all of the other adjustments they need to make, the replacements need to be watching for things they’ve never had to watch for before.

As a result, look for defensive backs to push and pull, more and more, until the replacement officials adjust.

It’s a great point that was made in the viewing room by the new NBC officiating consultant, Jim Daopoulos, former NFL official and former assistant supervisor of officiating at the league office.  We’ll be sharing more takes from Jim throughout the season — especially since all I have to do to get in touch with him while watching the games is turn to the right and say, “Hey, Jim.”

5 responses to “Watch for illegal contact with receivers during regular-season games

  1. I hope they call less illegal contact. Lame, tickey-tack penalty that was added by the competition committee in 2003, and right after that passing yards started to skyrocket. All stemmed from Tony Dungy whining about the Patriots in that 20-3 loss in the AFC Championship game, and now several people get 5000 yards a year, and a 4000 yard 25 TD season is average.

    So if defenders are allowed to be more physical, so be it. I thought the game was better back then, back when it was hard to score.

  2. Revis and Charles woodson have made careers out of it. You would think the recievers were cheerleaders with the way these guys won’t take their hands off them. But hey, who’s gonna make the call on them? Maybe the replacements

  3. The old officials were worse than the replacements. Lame, ticky-tack or outright wrong calls on a never-ending basis.

    Remover the Calvin Johnson game winning TD that was incomprehensibley ruled an incomplete pass at Soldier Field a couple of years ago?

    I’ll bet every one of the replacement officials would correctly call that a catch.

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