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Jack Del Rio’s solution to speeding up games: Don’t throw so many flags

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The Raiders were flagged for an NFL-high 147 penalties last season, so Raiders coach Jack Del Rio may be slightly biased when he offers his solution to the league’s problem with slower-paced games.

Del Rio told Steve Wyche of NFL Network that he supports the NFL’s efforts to speed up games, and he thinks the best way to do it would be for the officials to let the players play.

“For them to try to move along the game, I’m all for it,” Del Rio said. “I have one suggestion:
Just don’t throw so many flags. We saw so many flags last year in Oakland, I’d like to see a lot less flags thrown. So hopefully we get that flow of the game issue.”

Del Rio believes penalty delays are a real issue for the NFL’s fans, especially younger fans.

“With the millennials and people nowadays, you’re not going to keep their attention if you have too many pauses and delays,” Del Rio said. “They want things right now. So for us to speed up the game, I think that’s smart.”

Throwing fewer flags might be smart. And it might benefit Del Rio’s team.

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51 Responses to “Jack Del Rio’s solution to speeding up games: Don’t throw so many flags”
  1. theoaklandraiders says: Mar 27, 2017 1:42 PM

    Most penalties in the 1960’s
    Most penalties in the 70’s
    Most penalties in the 80’s
    Most penalties in the 90’s
    Most penalties in the 00’s
    Most penalties in the 10’s

    Constantly new coaches, players, even ownership.
    But one thing NEVER changes.
    Tell me how it’s even mathematically possible?

  2. r502 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:42 PM

    Amen. Almost every game I see has multiple mind blowing delays based on too many flags or the officials getting together on the field to discuss the flag for a minute or more that they just threw 2 seconds earlier.

  3. dryzzt23 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:43 PM

    So Jack is essentially saying that today’s youth have zero attention span.
    I agree with him 100%.
    The rules/penalties need to be simplified, so that only the most important calls are made like holding, chop blocks, facemask, pass interference, offsides, etc.
    All of these other ticky-tack calls HAVE to be eliminated.

  4. bobbyd12 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:44 PM

    A man with brains!! Let these guys play and stop with all these nonsense calls

  5. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 27, 2017 1:44 PM

    I like it.

  6. td30 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:44 PM

    he has a point. Unfortunately, it has zero weight coming from the team that is penalized constantly

  7. raidernation707 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:45 PM

    We had 23 in one game lol

  8. Kapodaco says: Mar 27, 2017 1:46 PM

    On one hand, it does slow down the game, and it does irritate many to have flag after flag after flag being thrown in rapid succession. On the other, flags are indicative of a team doing something wrong, and would people find it fair to let teams get away with that to speed up the game a few minutes?

    There’s also the issue of faulty flags, which is harder to alleviate than most others. Full-time refs would help. I’d say I’m more against less flags than otherwise, as I’d rather have the game be right than fast.

  9. twinfan24 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:46 PM

    Maybe he should coach his team to play better within the rules, and there won’t be as many flags thrown in his games.

  10. td30 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:47 PM

    Also dont agree with the “millenials and have no attention span, so lets cater to them”

    That is the equivalent of saying people are stupid, so we should dumb down school to cater to them

  11. exodus316 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:47 PM

    Genius. Worthy of a slow clap, even.

  12. mahimike says: Mar 27, 2017 1:55 PM

    That’s rich Jack. Hey, how about getting a team full of guys w/triple digit IQs that won’t get flagged so much.

  13. collectordude says: Mar 27, 2017 1:55 PM

    I’m ok with less penalties.

    But to me, have less TV timeouts and the game would be so much better.

  14. Hitdog18 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:56 PM

    How about, coach your players on how to stop breaking the rules on every down

  15. rdrs68 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:57 PM

    Most penalties in the 1960’s
    Most penalties in the 70’s
    Most penalties in the 80’s
    Most penalties in the 90’s
    Most penalties in the 00’s
    Most penalties in the 10’s

    Constantly new coaches, players, even ownership.
    But one thing NEVER changes.
    Tell me how it’s even mathematically possible?

    ——————————————————-

    Raiders do not enjoy the benefit of ANY doubt. The team and it’s former owner have been a thorn in the side of the NoFunLeague for many years and are often more scrutinized and punished than than some golden boy team.

  16. squackduckhawk says: Mar 27, 2017 1:58 PM

    I know how cliche this sounds, but discipline is the issue. The Seahawks are always among the most penalized teams in the league… But that is because we are guilty way more often than not. I cannot stand having the 3 minutes where they have Mike Peirera (or some other Zebra they gave a makeover and suit to) explain what the call should be, and then get it wrong most of the time. I remember when a catch was a catch if there was 2 feet down and control of the ball. The replay took 2 seconds, and Madden’s pen would circle the 2 feet down, then the hand(s) on the ball. Case-in-point, average fans now know the name of the NFL head of officiating, and at least 1 or 2 refs. Every call is debated like we are watching Judge Judy for crying out loud.

  17. staffordwives9999 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:59 PM

    Hey Jack… speed up the game? Commit less penalties, Bonus your team doesn’t lose yardage

  18. raiderfanwithclass says: Mar 27, 2017 2:01 PM

    23 penalties in one game and still won haha! But Jack is right

  19. raggard says: Mar 27, 2017 2:04 PM

    It always annoyed me to break for commercial and come back just to watch the kick to the other team and go right back to commercial. Fixing that would definitely help speed up the game. No need for it. Now they want endleee flags as long as they are thr right call each time? I can see games going over 4 hours now.

  20. whodat5150 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:06 PM

    If the player commits a penalty, he deserves a flag. Some fans might be okay with less flags, until something is done TO their team and a flag isn’t thrown.

  21. akira1971 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:08 PM

    squackduckhawk says:

    I remember when a catch was a catch if there was 2 feet down and control of the ball. The replay took 2 seconds, and Madden’s pen would circle the 2 feet down, then the hand(s) on the ball.
    ————–

    You do know the “Bert Emanuel Rule” came into effect only since 2000, right?!? Before the rule change, ANY football touching the ground was ruled INCOMPLETE, even if the WR had full control. Do you really want to go back to the “good ol’ days” that never really existed??? I certainly don’t.

  22. johny248 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:08 PM

    Damn straight! Let these guys play already

  23. thatneuneu says: Mar 27, 2017 2:09 PM

    Us in Carolina don’t have this problem as flags are rarely thrown for Cam.

  24. artvan15 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:10 PM

    Yeah Jack lets give each official 1 flag they can throw per game and then let it rip after that.

  25. chaseutley says: Mar 27, 2017 2:10 PM

    Don’t commit so many penalties.

  26. pantherpro says: Mar 27, 2017 2:11 PM

    Hey Jack,

    Can you throw a flag at Raider fan for all the blackouts causing the 2nd move from Oakland? Congrats Vegas Raiders…. Wow that sounds bad!

  27. twincities90210 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:14 PM

    bring back the XFL

  28. pastabelly says: Mar 27, 2017 2:19 PM

    Two names for the change – Ty Law & Bill Polian.

    Ty Law played a physical corner and the small Colts receivers were taken out of the AFC Championship Game. Polian, being the schemer he always was, got the league to get a rules or rules emphasis changed so that defenders could no long play defense the way it had been played in the NFL for decades.

  29. bobbyhoying says: Mar 27, 2017 2:20 PM

    Actually, the solution is to record the game and fast forward through the crap.

  30. patfanken says: Mar 27, 2017 2:20 PM

    No one likes a game with a lot of penalties. But Jesus, Jack, how about taking some of the responsibility on yourself. Better coaching produces more disciplined play and fewer penalties.

    Del Rio is starting to sound like one of those coaches in the AFN who want to dumb the game down so it makes THEIR job easier. You want to lower the number for penalties in your games, Jack, then BE a better coach.

  31. kneedragr says: Mar 27, 2017 2:20 PM

    We might need to face the fact that the game just isnt that good any more. I dont know how it got to this point, but it really just isnt as fun to watch as it was 10-15 years ago.

  32. elyasm says: Mar 27, 2017 2:22 PM

    Coach your players properly and you won’t see so many flags, Jack.

  33. lionsfan1971 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:22 PM

    Most penalties in the 1960’s
    Most penalties in the 70’s
    Most penalties in the 80’s
    Most penalties in the 90’s
    Most penalties in the 00’s
    Most penalties in the 10’s

    Constantly new coaches, players, even ownership.
    But one thing NEVER changes.
    Tell me how it’s even mathematically possible?

    It’s a conspiracy. The NFL refs have it out for the Raiders. Or maybe that California air has something to do with it. Don’t worry first game in vegas will have flags over/under at 5. Refs will be paid to not throw them and Vegas will clean up

  34. edukator4 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:33 PM

    take away new penalties like hitting receiver too hard, and putting hand on the receiver after 5 yards, and maybe things will change.

  35. lordliftedme says: Mar 27, 2017 2:38 PM

    That is the best solution I have heard. How simple and sweet that is! And I bet it would have the most impact, too! Stop throwing a flag after every damn play! It’s just like in the NBA with that damn whistle. Every touch foul doesn’t have to be called.

    Every time I see that yellow flag indicator I want to throw up! Then you see the replay and it’s always some phantom, touch B-S that wasn’t going to make a hill of beans of difference one way or the other. Other than penalizing a team to control the game. As I call, the referee influence!

    Count me in Jack!!!!

  36. emperorxerro says: Mar 27, 2017 2:44 PM

    What? In a passing league where an incomplete pass leads to the clock stopping, there’s an issue with the length of the games?

  37. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Mar 27, 2017 2:47 PM

    Fletcher Reede’s solution to coach Del Rio’s suggestion. “Stop breaking the law, whole!” Love coach Del Rio, but his team earned every one of those flags, especially in the Buccaneers game.

  38. kenmasters34 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:59 PM

    He is right, every time there is an incompletion… people are looking around for a flag.

  39. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Mar 27, 2017 3:00 PM

    BAMMMMMM !
    DelRio nailed it !!!!!!!!!
    Holding calls need to be reevaluated so ALL officials understand. Some holding calls are so chincy. Others are obvious.

  40. squackduckhawk says: Mar 27, 2017 3:11 PM

    Akira, I am saying I am old.. I think the Madden reference establishes that. And your reference to the specific name of the rule only further establishes my point.

  41. superpatriotsfan says: Mar 27, 2017 3:13 PM

    “But how will Brady win games, I did him a solid over many years”

    Walt “Tuck” Coleman

  42. squackduckhawk says: Mar 27, 2017 3:19 PM

    And when I was growing up, if the ball touched the ground on a “catch,” it was because the receiver was to afraid to scrape the back of their hands. Football was a manly game.

  43. jamaltimore says: Mar 27, 2017 3:20 PM

    get rid of pass interference unless the guy is tackled or arms are held blatantly before the ball arrives. all other contact is fair game including clutching etc. stop holding calls unless it’s clearly at point of attack. allow blocks in the back.

  44. teal379 says: Mar 27, 2017 3:23 PM

    Discipline is the answer but also – I’m fine with not throwing a penalty if it doesn’t involve player safety and takes place well away from the play.

    Flipping holding penalties 40 yards away from the run? Swallow that whistle.

  45. wolfmanpatriot says: Mar 27, 2017 3:34 PM

    How bout coaching your players to commit less penalties!
    This will result in less flags. It is always the coaches of high penalty (dirty play) teams that cry about penalties.

  46. mattbilleauthor says: Mar 27, 2017 3:50 PM

    The commenter who complained because in the old days any ball hitting the ground was ruled incomplete missed the point. That was a CLEAR rule, easy to enforce. They should go back to it.

  47. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 27, 2017 3:51 PM

    Always a good idea for the officials to let the players play. Those are always the best games.
    My belief is that only the most BLATANT penalties should be called; the onethat anyone can see. Other than that…keep the flags in your pocket, refs.

  48. jimmeoneoftwo says: Mar 27, 2017 4:10 PM

    Most penalties in the 1960’s
    Most penalties in the 70’s
    Most penalties in the 80’s
    Most penalties in the 90’s
    Most penalties in the 00’s
    Most penalties in the 10’s

    Constantly new coaches, players, even ownership.
    But one thing NEVER changes.
    Tell me how it’s even mathematically possible?
    ______________________________

    Well said. My team got called for 4 straight penalties and missed the penalty record by only two calls. Yes, fewer penalties would speed the game up.

  49. thebootfella says: Mar 27, 2017 4:19 PM

    ironically it was the BS PI call week one that gave the Raiders a first down to score & win. Be careful what you ask for lol

  50. graylingskies says: Mar 27, 2017 5:26 PM

    Allowing holding on the line on both sides and holding in pass offense and defense, short of tackling, would make for faster and far more interesting games. Colosseum rules. Allow fans to decide from stadium screen replay thumbs up, thumbs down.

  51. maverick2560 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:27 AM

    Coach Del Rio is spot on. The most frustrating aspect of watching a
    game are the ticky tacky penalties. It almost seems as if a ref doesn’t call a penalty …his ass is on the line from the league.
    So many penalties that interrupt the flow of the game despite the fact that the penalized team would not have gained a real advantage on the
    play. If the team lines up wrong ..warn them …if they do it again ..
    then penalize ….even throw the flag …if the penalty ..ended up allowing the team an unfair advantage ..call it ..otherwise …issue
    a warning….a call like the penalty against Dallas against the Packers ..
    was so technical…so arbitrary …and an action without an apparent
    advantage …however ..it truly effected the game….why the call?
    According to the league many refs would not have called it…

    That’s the kind of crap that drives fans crazy…first the call…then the
    issuance of the penalty ..then the play replayed …that’s the kind of delay that truly hurts the product.

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