NFLRA hits back at “misguided” claims of officiating bias

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After the Eagles beat the Panthers last Thursday night, PFT and other outlets pointed out that the Eagles had 10 penalties accepted for 126 yards in the game while the Panthers were deducted one yard on their one accepted penalty.

That wasn’t out of the norm for Eagles games officiated by referee Pete Morelli. The last four games involving the Eagles and Morelli saw Philly penalized 40 times while their opposition was penalized eight times. Eagles coach Doug Pederson was asked about it and said he thought the league was aware of that disparity.

That’s not the only history between a referee and a team that’s come up recently. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady noted referee Jerome Boger’s crew has “called much more penalties on us than the other team” after a loss to the Panthers earlier this month and all of that discussion has caught the attention of the NFL Referees Association.

They released a statement from NFLRA executive director Scott Green on Thursday hitting back at any suggestions of bias that might come from such observations and comments.

“Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating,” Green said. “NFL officials are graded on every call made in every game. Missing a single one can hurt his or her ranking and may be the difference between working in the postseason or not. These recent attempts to sensationalize statistics and create click-bait headlines lack important context. Without the proper perspective, the information being pushed is completely misguided. The passion of NFL fans and teams are a big part of what makes the game so great. However, it’s no excuse for the irresponsible and baseless claims we’ve seen lately. NFL officials are committed to upholding the integrity of the game and do so every week.”

The statement points out that declined penalties could paint a more balanced picture and that notions of historical bias don’t fit with crews that change their makeup from year to year. Both of those things are true, but they’re unlikely to make too many fans feel differently if their team is on the wrong side of a wide disparity in penalties.

118 responses to “NFLRA hits back at “misguided” claims of officiating bias

  1. It is very clear Goodell has ordered refs to call things a certain way, as the replacement refs admitted this in 2012.

    So, nice try.

    There is also a clear distinction between making up calls no one can see or not seeing a replay, to help the inferior team or the team behind, to try to maximize profit on ratings during the games.

    The advertisers who pay a lot more for spots later in game, where they’ve been promised to be close, ask for this.

    This is why phantom calls are so prevalent on top of so many flags called.

    Goodell thinks he can manipulate the league from afar like the Wizard of Oz thought he could manipulate people from afar.

    We’re not stupid.

    Pats fans have seen this years for 2 reasons:

    1. The owners don’t want the Pats to get the 1 seed, since it’s the easiest way for NE to advance to a SB.

    2. Pats usually have a big lead in a game, so we all just wait for the phantom flags to come. Meanwhile, our receivers are mauled beyond belief in the process.

  2. Style of play matters too. Some crews might call offensive line or defensive back holds more often then others and your style of play may lead to more of those calls.

  3. Everyone in the NFL is so sensitive these days, lol. How’s that culture war working out for you guys?

  4. So wait. Refs are graded and none of those grades are made public so that is supposed to make upset fans feel better? Who grades them? Another biased person / team? I have seeing fans blame the refs every game, but if you want to say there is a lack of understanding then it is your job to develop that understanding.

  5. Can’t speak for the Pats, but the Eagles declined a grand total of 1 penalty, for 5 yards, against the Panthers (and the Panthers would of been over 15 if they accepted them all)

    “Integrity of the game” my foot. I’m more worried about the corrupt bums costing my team a playoff spot than I am if they get a playoff game or not. If there were any real consequences, some of these guys would get fired. But we see the same clowns trotted out year after year

  6. For the most part it’s the same old same old this year, but there have been a couple of calls where the official has looked at the replay and overturned a call that had no business being overturned.

    It’s calls like these where fans wonder if the ref threw the game and that spells trouble for the NFL, because no integrity means no future.

  7. Look I’m a Cowboys fan and even I have to raise an eyebrow towards the Morelli crew and the Eaglets. I’m not complaining mind you, but there certainly is enough evidence to support the Iggles claims.

  8. Sure they are graded on the calls they make, but not on the ones they dont make. If one team only gets 1 penalty all game on average, something is wrong.

  9. The passion of NFL fans and teams are a big part of what makes the game so great.


    Passion smassion. Ne got 7 penalties, Carolina got one. Carolina scoring play featured not 1, not 2 but 3 o linemen falling down on the backs of defenders to open the running lane. Solder did the exact same thing, flag. When an offensive player ran into Chung’s knees and fell on his face they flagged Chung for Defensive holding.

    Then 2 consecutive flags at the end to move Carolina into FG range.

    But everyone want to cry about NE getting the right call vs NYJ.

  10. jxt2521 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    Style of play matters too. Some crews might call offensive line or defensive back holds more often then others and your style of play may lead to more of those calls.

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    Which is fine, but what happens is, those refs only apply that approach to one team over the other.

    I can name 5 clear penalties on the Jets last week that were not called, where they were clear penalties. Then, I see 2 holdings by 2 DTs on one drive on NE, where CBS refused to show the replay on both, as the refs were clearly trying to get the Jets back into it.

    Happens all the time. Like I said, Pats fans are used to it.

    Been going on since 2011 and the new CBA. There was a clear push for this to happen.’

    Heck, we’ve seen Goodell change a rule after a game (2013 vs Jets) to match how the refs chose to call something in the game, to help the opponent win.

  11. Another one that shows attempted manipulation of the outcomes of these games are pick plays:

    The Pats are called on these regularly, but opponents take out our LBs and DBs on the exact same plays, with no call.

    It’s stunning to watch.

  12. Whether its bias, incompetence or corrupt practice the problem is there in one for or another. The refs are a critical weakness in a 15+ billion a year business.

  13. Pats played a game against the Panthers where they had only one penalty called against them, while the Pats had 10, some of which were very questionable.

    I’d like to think that this kind of anomaly is the exception, but when it happens it just doesn’t look good. Another factor is the issue of how the fans look at the refs during the game is the lack of in-depth knowledge by the announcers.

    I have always thought most of the controversy in the “Tuck rule” play was caused by the fact the 2 announcers had no idea what the rule was and why it was called. As a fan that night I never heard of the rule either, as had a vast majority of the fans. So it was no surprise that Raider fans thought they were robbed. I thought so too……at the time. Later I discovered that the play was called correctly, and the decision would have been accepted IF people knew the rule or had it explained to them at the time.

    I’m glad some of the networks have hired guys who CAN explain some of the more arcane calls we see. But the fact of the matter is there are just TOO many rules and too many of them are subject to interpretation. PLUS, the rules committee is just a function of its members attempting to achieve advantages for their OWN teams’ benefits.

  14. Tom Brady’s opinion is irrelevant when it comes to officiating. His career is an asterisk.

  15. Refs are not biased.

    I hear announcers making statements like “you will never get that call as a visitor”. It goes unchallenged. The NFL should call out such fake news and protect their brand. Letting such statements stand as “common knowledge” is what perpetuates this myth.

    Not saying refs are good or bad but they are not biased for teams in my opinion.

  16. And usually Philly fans are so kind and understanding and forgiving, I don’t get this at all lol

  17. bigbadbills says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm
    LOLOLOLOLOL Brady is complaining about the the same ref’s that have made his career what it is.
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    Not that facts ever get in the way of the Brady bashers but here’s the actual quote:
    “From previous [games], that crew has called much more penalties on us than the other team. We just have to figure out how to play and tighten it up. If we don’t get the calls, we don’t get them, we still have to go out and play better than we’ve played. It’s just about us doing our job better, all of us. And we can. It’s not like that was the best game we could possibly play and we lost.”

  18. bigbadbills says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm
    LOLOLOLOLOL Brady is complaining about the the same ref’s that have made his career what it is.
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    Look, tough talk by a Bills fan, it must be October.

    Wide right, you lose again.

  19. William Race says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    Look I’m a Cowboys fan and even I have to raise an eyebrow towards the Morelli crew and the Eaglets. I’m not complaining mind you, but there certainly is enough evidence to support the Iggles claims.

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    It’s not necessarily Morelli. If a team is off to a hot start like Philly, the refs are ordered to try to make sure a team’s record doesn’t get better for parity purposes.

    Trust me, as a Pats fan, we’ve been dealing this for years, mainly since 2011 when the owners wanted this to happen off the new CBA.

    It’s just that the Pats rise above it, so you rarely hear about how bad it is.

    NE lost 2 games in 2013 to blatant Goodell cheating (@ Jets and @ Carolina where Gronk was mauled), to help give Denver the 1 seed.

  20. “NFLRA hits back at “misguided” claims of officiating bias”
    Personal foul! 15 game penalty and an additional ‘walk of shame’ against the NFLRA for total BS and unrefree-like conduct!

    Until the NFL and the refs start feeling the effects of their garbage in their wallets, nothing’s gonna change.

  21. There are bad refs that are bad because they are just bad. Morrelli’s crew knows exactly what they are doing. They know who they want to win and do what they can to help them win.

  22. “NFL officials are committed to upholding the integrity of the game and do so every week.”……..

    Yeah then how do you explain Jeff Triplette???

  23. Pats fans are so sensitive.

    Rules of the game have changed so much in recent years to help add scoring.
    When they throw a flag on anyone in the secondary, they can huddle and call PI, Illegal Contact or holding. Too many games are decided by what is called in coverage.

  24. Everyone in the NFL is so sensitive these days, lol
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    Everyone in general is so sensitive these days. Fans and media included. Regardless of topic there will certainly be someone screaming bloody murder at the top of the highest social media mountain top.

    The internet and social media are a cancer to society.

  25. I don’t know whether there is intentional bias or not, but nothing in the statement would persuade me one way or the other. Number one it’s very cookie-cutter and looks like it was written by a computer. Number two, the the point about crew composition changing from year to year is irrelevant. The referee is the head of the crew and obviously has a large influence over the rest. It’s not that he’s necessarily telling them what to call, but they can infer a lot about how he wants a game called by how he reacts to their work. For example, if he’s giving them a harder time when they try to explain calls to him against one team more than another, it will be clear to them the direction he wants things to go. It really wouldn’t take that much, and would also be very easily deniable

  26. I only wish the officiating was consistent from game to game no matter the crew, time the penalty occurs or player involved. Either call the penalty or don’t. I don’t care which, just be consistent. That is not happening now.

  27. My favorite was when Brady had to show the refs that the other team had too many men on the field. It is natural he would get more calls when he knows the rules better than they do. (Don’t forget that Deflategate also revealed that the refs had forced him to use illegally overinflated 16 psi footballs in a game they almost lost to the Jets).

  28. Alshon Jeffery had his one arm held on a deep ball 3 times in front of the ref. Blount was given a personal foul for finishing a block then later was thrown to the ground 4 seconds after the whistle with no personal foul. Not even talking about the play where the Carolina D player grabbed onto Wentz arm after he was already on the ground twisted and tried to pull his shoulder out of its socket in full view. Can’t complain about called penalties but you sure can complain about virtually NO penalties called against Carolina…again

  29. Oh, there’s a ranking system that evaluates the refs. Well, let’s make that public. We love to review the tape and provide analysis and statistics. I think we are curious about the actual “results” from officials because the naked eye says there is bias.

  30. How about the Broncos have yet to lose a game officiated by Ed Hochuli… guess that’s just another wacky coincidence. Biased refs & weather induced suspensions… the league is going to have to get more creative to stop the Pats freight train, deal with it haters!

  31. bigbadbills says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm
    LOLOLOLOLOL Brady is complaining about the the same ref’s that have made his career what it is.

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    BILLS = Boy, I love losing Super Bowls.

  32. The larger problem is that there are too many flags…period. Many NFL officials seem to have the idea that fans go to or tune it to games, to watch yellow flags all over the field. Unless a penalty is BLATANT (i.e. obvious to anyone) it should not be called. This is very likely part of the NFL’s declining viewership.

  33. Philly players are not usually whiners when it comes to the refs, so they probably have a legitimate beef. However, there are 2 other q/b’s, who shall remain nameless, who for years, have whined about almost every call. This makes them less likely to be believed, when it comes to the refs, except when they play on their home field, & every call seems to go their way!!! I have always found that a bit suspicious, maybe? Nobody likes a q/b who whines and gets after the ref. The poor Lions seem to have no calls go their way, but the players do not whine, at least that I’ve seen….I’m not talking about the fans, but the players, themselves….

  34. Boger has called 18 more penalties against the Patriots than their opponents in the last 3 games he called.

    Brady said that Boger has called it tight against them. It`s true. He didn`t say there was a disparity in the game. But there was.

    That’s not the case for other referees and it wasn’t the case before the the last 3 games for Boger.

    It doesn`t meant it’s bias against the Patriots or for the opponent, but something the Patriots are doing isn’t working for Boger, because it’s not in line with how the Patriots are called by other referees.

  35. Just watch a Packers home game when Rodgers is playing! Oh that’s right you can’t this year.

  36. x101100111001111x says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    Alshon Jeffery had his one arm held on a deep ball 3 times in front of the ref. Blount was given a personal foul for finishing a block then later was thrown to the ground 4 seconds after the whistle with no personal foul. Not even talking about the play where the Carolina D player grabbed onto Wentz arm after he was already on the ground twisted and tried to pull his shoulder out of its socket in full view. Can’t complain about called penalties but you sure can complain about virtually NO penalties called against Carolina…again

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    my theory?

    jerry richardson’s health is not so good and goodell is doing him
    one of his special subtle cheating favors.

    both the eagles/panthers game
    and the pats/panthers game had very suspicious officiating

    ne was absolutely jobbed

  37. This is why I like the NFL less than ever. The fans are awful. Worst fans in any pro or college sport. Fighting in crowd, slurs and nastiness spewed online..just despicable human beings getting too crazy over games in which THEY DO NOT PLAY.

  38. Absolute BS. Old adage says holding can be called on every play, v one call for one yard in a whole game. And the moon is made of green cheese too?

  39. There is nothing that says the penalties have to be equal between two opponents, but when it becomes a trend every time an official is involved with the same team, then there has to be something wrong. Something that team does that ref doesn`t like. Maybe it`s pushing off, or pick plays or something that other refs let go, but it should be looked at so the refs call it consistently. A team should be able to do things in 15 games they can`t do in the 16th.

  40. Officials can do a couple things, call more penalties on one team and neglect to call penalties on the other team. It’s a lot easier to find a reason to throw a flag, so they can easily justify a flag when “graded”. But are they looking over all plays for potential penalties when grading officials? You know, like when everyone sees a blatant hold, typically followed by Phil Simms saying what a great block it was.

    I think officials try to keep games close. If one team is heavily favored, it’s as if the officials hold them to a higher standard.

  41. The bias in the Eagles game with Panthers was startling. Blount got called for a bogus personal fouls and then the refs missed an obvious late hit when Blount was thrown down later. Eagles were called for ticky tack PI’s but Panthers were not called for the same PI’s vs. Jeffery. They missed an obvious facemask on the Panthers, and called a bogus block in the back on Jeffery that wiped out a Wentz first down run. They missed a hold on Brandon Graham by the Panthers. The thing that gets me is the inconsistency. If something is pass interference on the Eagles, the same call has to be pass interference on Carolina.

  42. daysend564 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm
    So funny to see a Patriot fan complaining about lack of calls and invented rules after a game.

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    umm, why?

    goodell is a proven cheater

    what rules have the pats changed after a game to match how goodell cheated and helped them during a game?

    do you have any facts?

  43. tylawspick6 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Meanwhile, our receivers are mauled beyond belief in the process.
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    Hilarious comment from a Pats fan. You were complaining that Polian forced the NFL to more strictly enforce illegal contact calls after the AFCC game where Ty Law and company mauled Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne for the entire game without drawing a flag.

  44. I have always thought most of the controversy in the “Tuck rule” play was caused by the fact the 2 announcers had no idea what the rule was and why it was called. As a fan that night I never heard of the rule either, as had a vast majority of the fans. So it was no surprise that Raider fans thought they were robbed. I thought so too……at the time. Later I discovered that the play was called correctly, and the decision would have been accepted IF people knew the rule or had it explained to them at the time.

    I’m glad some of the networks have hired guys who CAN explain some of the more arcane calls we see. But the fact of the matter is there are just TOO many rules and too many of them are subject to interpretation. PLUS, the rules committee is just a function of its members attempting to achieve advantages for their OWN teams’ benefits.
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    Bill Cowher was the first of very few to actually state in the pats/jets game that the call on the td reversal was called correctly as defined by the rules. Fouts seemed lost during the telecast.

  45. tylawspick6 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    Another one that shows attempted manipulation of the outcomes of these games are pick plays:

    The Pats are called on these regularly, but opponents take out our LBs and DBs on the exact same plays, with no call.

    It’s stunning to watch.
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    Been going on for awhile now and now the patriot fans are starting to complain when their team starts to get treated like every NFL team with no special treatement…..except the Jets game but that was enough evidence to overturn right?

  46. Everyone wants to see the players decide the outcome.

    Many bad refs anticipate what they are going to call and are looking to throw flags and often do throw them for ticky-tack stuff. There can be so many flags that the game has no flow and it takes the players out of the equation.

    If refs are going to throw flags, so be it, but make it be for something that happens not for something they “want to call” or are anticipating.

    Also, consistency isn’t always present and not accounted for by the “grading”. Calling things tight against one team and then letting them play when the ball is going the other way probably isn’t part of the grading because they simply keep the flags in their pockets in one direction. They only grade the calls that are made, not the ones that should have been made if they were being consistent.

  47. Bias happens all day everywhere. If you’re not looking for it you’re missing it. If the NFLRA was interested in maintaining the appearance of integrity, they should be actively trying to identify bias and proactively correct it.

  48. Morelli may be corrupt, we’ll probably never know for sure. One of the problems with getting any answers is the fractured nature of NFL fans. Goofy homers making it about one team or another taint the legitimate questions, making it easy for the NFL and the NFLRA to dismiss all inquiries.

  49. When they do their mysterious “rating” of calls, I’m sure 95% fall into the category of “it could be called or it could not be called.” They probably only get “dinged” for horrible calls. They need to ALSO look into one team getting all the 50/50 calls.

  50. So funny to see a Patriot fan complaining about lack of calls and invented rules after a game.
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    Whats truly funny is the irony is lost on them… or at least to teh few that post here.

  51. fullbacksarepeopletoo says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Tom Brady’s opinion is irrelevant when it comes to officiating. His career is an asterisk.
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    Yep. I just looked it up. It’s already in the record books. In ink.

    Tom Brady(2000-present)*

    *Greatest NFL Quarterback of All Time

    Not sure what that has to do with his opinion of referees, though.

  52. Thanks mmack66!! I was just getting ready to respond that those asterisks represent all the records TB12 the GOAT owns!!
    At this point in time the only people who actually believe there was any tampering are those who don’t have a clue , or who slept through seventh grade science class .
    Roger that!

  53. I’m usually the first person to say:
    “Stop complaining about the refs, get over it, it’ll balance itself out, whining never gets you anywhere, try to play cleaner,” etc, etc.
    As an Eagles fan, my compatriots always think the refs are against us, and I usually tell them it’s not worth it to complain.
    However, with last year’s Lions game and this year’s Panthers game fresh in my memory, I really can’t believe Morelli should have any assignments for the Eagles. I don’t know what it is about our squad that he detests so much, but my God, it’s obvious he hates them. The uniforms? The city? Is he a fan of another team? I kept waiting to celebrate on TNF after every big play, just WAITING for a flag, for 10 seconds after every play. I was that sure he was going to flag it. He’s a menace and needs to be stopped

  54. daysend564 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    So funny to see a Patriot fan complaining about lack of calls and invented rules after a game.
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    Not as funny as seeing Raiders fans cry about the tuck rule, a rule that many of them hilariously still believe was made up on the spot.

  55. There is for sure ref bias. I won’t say for whom I cheer, but I’ve seen it for years. I’m not saying they consciously make biased calls, but it happens.

    Make their reports public, not neccessarily individually, but as a crew. The stats would then prove this point.

    On a side note, can we please go back to 2 feet down is a catch?!

  56. tylawspick6 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm
    It is very clear Goodell has ordered refs to call things a certain way, as the replacement refs admitted this in 2012.

    So, nice try.

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    Please cite your reference. Where is that information?

  57. I lot is who is grading and how. And what is your consequence for being bad, no playoff? No discipline other than that?
    I have to believe they don’t care who wins and do the best they can. But there are times where weird stuff is going on with them. It does seem to me sometimes they come in with an agenda (i.e. we’re going to call pick plays) instead of officiating what happens.

    Regarding grading: Have you ever gone to an officials forum site. On the most egregious calls, half have an explanation as to why it was the correct call. Never will take responsibility for an error. So are the grades one of those people?

    One thing to me is common sense is not part of officiating. And maybe it can’t be, have to do the letter of the rule as its written.

  58. tylawspick6 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm
    Meanwhile, our receivers are mauled beyond belief in the process.
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    Hilarious comment from a Pats fan. You were complaining that Polian forced the NFL to more strictly enforce illegal contact calls after the AFCC game where Ty Law and company mauled Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne for the entire game without drawing a flag.

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    Enforcing contact strictly within 5 yards and ignoring Pass Interference are two different things.

  59. hockeyforlife04 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    I have always thought most of the controversy in the “Tuck rule” play was caused by the fact the 2 announcers had no idea what the rule was and why it was called. As a fan that night I never heard of the rule either, as had a vast majority of the fans. So it was no surprise that Raider fans thought they were robbed. I thought so too……at the time. Later I discovered that the play was called correctly, and the decision would have been accepted IF people knew the rule or had it explained to them at the time.
    I’m glad some of the networks have hired guys who CAN explain some of the more arcane calls we see. But the fact of the matter is there are just TOO many rules and too many of them are subject to interpretation. PLUS, the rules committee is just a function of its members attempting to achieve advantages for their OWN teams’ benefits.
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    Bill Cowher was the first of very few to actually state in the pats/jets game that the call on the td reversal was called correctly as defined by the rules. Fouts seemed lost during the telecast.
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    Fouts is always lost. I`ve resorted to listening to the local radio broadcast and watching the TV on mute when he is covering a game.

  60. Here’s the problem with their statement “Missing a single one can hurt his or her ranking and may be the difference between working in the postseason or not”.

    They are graded on the calls they make, not the one’s that they may ‘miss’. As an example we all know holding happens on just about every play, so there is potential on just about every play to call it. The ref may call one team ten times the other two. It’s not going to affect their grade if the ten they called were legit.

  61. bentedges says:
    October 19, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm
    It is very clear Goodell has ordered refs to call things a certain way, as the replacement refs admitted this in 2012.

    So, nice try.

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    Please cite your reference. Where is that information?

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    Absolutely! Sure thing. It came in King’s MMQB in SI in Sept of 2012 after the botched call against GB where it was picked off and Golden Tate stole it well after the defender had possession, after committing Off PI.

    Ya see, some of us get facts, read and have great memories along with knowing what a primary source is.

    This prove the NFL instructs refs on how to call certain things:

    Just Google “Wayne Elliott” “2012” and “instructed or trained”…

    Note the word “trained”…

    The league did indicate in a statement the day after the game that Tate should have been flagged for offensive pass interference. Yet Elliott said of the training the replacements received, “It was brought up that you don’t really call interference on a Hail Mary. … You just let it go.”

  62. “aarons444 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    Tom Brady(2000-present)*

    *Greatest NFL Quarterback of All Time – Rodgers, Aaron”

    Seriously??? Arron is closer to Marino than Brady. One SuperBowl

  63. Did you expect anything other than DENY, DENY, DENY from the NFLRA. Too bad, unfortunately these judgement errors most often come at pivotal times.

    Coaches should be able to challenge any call, don’t care if it slightly slows the game at least it would be called somewhat right.

  64. I am adding Morelli to the three stooges of incompetence in officiating that I have noted other times:

    Jeffie Sue Triplette who is also biased and seems to go blind at time while also seeing UFO’s and calling penalties that cannot be supported by video.

    Ed Hockuli – first official to officiate an entire game with his head up his backside and not fall once while backpedaling.

    Jerome Boogers – aside from being a snotty jerk, he simply makes up calls. He doesn’t care what happens on the field, he just calls penalties out at random. He is too stupid to have his head up his backside – he couldn’t find the exit.

  65. 40-8 is a blowout in any context except a referee calling penalties against a single team. Clear and continued bias here especially when considering the ticky tack nature of many of those calls against Philly.

  66. Ahhhh….Pete Morelli. Referee for the 2009 NFC Championship between the Vikings and Saints.
    2 missed personal fouls on Brett Favre, phantom Pass interference call in OT on Ben Leber. Now, before the Packer trolls and Saints fans jump on me for blaming the loss on Morelli and his crew, I realize The Vikes turned the ball over 6,000 times in that game…But, this guy keeps coming up in situations that are less than honorable. Just sayin’.

  67. You don’t think? Watch the refs during a Packers home game when Rodgers is playing.
    But I guess that will need to be Next year.

  68. 283diamonds says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Show us the report cards — that’s what I’d like to see.

    As an aside, How about we see the PSI pressure data, also…

  69. patriotmaleorgy says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    Another one that shows attempted manipulation of the outcomes of these games are pick plays:

    The Pats are called on these regularly, but opponents take out our LBs and DBs on the exact same plays, with no call.

    It’s stunning to watch.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Been going on for awhile now and now the patriot fans are starting to complain when their team starts to get treated like every NFL team with no special treatement…..except the Jets game but that was enough evidence to overturn right?

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    That’s rich! When the league office is managed by former Jets personnel and how they vehemently lied about deflate gate headed up by former Jet; Troy Vincent, I find it difficult to think that the league is now conspiring against the Jets. Let’s face it, the refs made the call by the letter of the rule

  70. The problem is some calls are based on judgement and refs don’t use the same judgement, which could then be linked to them being bias. What’s annoying is when commentators say the refs are “letting them play” when it’s normally a penalty (i.e. PI). Either let them play or don’t and throw the flag. You can’t let some teams “play” then penalize others for the exact same thing.

  71. I totally agree with all those people who said we need the real NFL officials back during their strike. These replacement officials continue to be horrible. End the strike now and get the ‘real’ officials back. This group is indeed ruining the game.

  72. Everybody makes a mistake we are humans but what I don’t like both teams are holding and the ref only calls the holds against one team … that’s a problem.

  73. Just to be fair with all the ripping of head referee. Most the time he is just reporting the calls of other officials. So to blame them for the calls of others is not fair.

  74. There is 100 % a referee bias for ceratain teams and QB. Green Bay gets all the calls at home against anyone they are playing.

    That Jets Patriots game where NFL took a Jets TD off the board and gave NE the ball there was also this long down and distance PI call where the defender didn’t then his head but there was no contact with Gronk on a underthrown ball. Countless times that’s a no call but NE got the ball on the 1.

  75. “Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating,”

    Your biggest fear, NFL Officiating, is that people are starting to understand the bias towards the largest market, largest fan base teams and all the other fans are turning to fantasy. Congratulations. You have effectively sabotaged a multi-billion dollar industry.

    Who else thinks Houston will magically rise above all the hardships of the flooding and win the Super Bowl (New Orleans after Katrina does and so does the Patriots after 9/11). It only takes a few calls here and there to change the games when the average margin of victory is 3 points. Steelers had 14 holding penalties not called in week 2 game against the Bengals last year. 14! Yeah, there is no bias.

  76. CBS refused to show the replay on both, as the refs were clearly trying to get the Jets back into it.
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    Yep, same thing happened to the Saints last week when the Lions trailed 31-10. They called it an INT when replays clearly showed Michael Thomas obviously touched the ground way before the ball started coming out. UNREAL… ruining the game for the sake of a few more bucks(by NFL standards) – its called greed.

  77. aarons444 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    Tom Brady(2000-present)*
    *Greatest NFL Quarterback of All Time – Rodgers, Aaron

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    Rodgers hasn’t even gotten into the top 10 yet.

    Here are the things that look bad for Rodgers despite his amazing physical talent:
    – Going 15-1 the year after winning the Super Bowl and blowing the first playoff game to the Giants.
    – Two years of losing to the 49ers in the playoffs.
    – 38-36 Road record despite great home record (Brady road record:85-37, Montana road record: 65-30, Peyton road record: 85-48). Rodgers is pedestrian on the road at 2 games over 500.

  78. These replacement officials continue to be horrible. End the strike now and get the ‘real’ officials back.
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    The officials’ strike was 5 years ago

  79. thebirdofprey says:
    October 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm
    There is 100 % a referee bias for ceratain teams and QB. Green Bay gets all the calls at home against anyone they are playing.
    That Jets Patriots game where NFL took a Jets TD off the board and gave NE the ball there was also this long down and distance PI call where the defender didn’t then his head but there was no contact with Gronk on a underthrown ball. Countless times that’s a no call but NE got the ball on the 1.

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    The Jets also through a pick with 35 seconds left in the half where they could have kicked a field goal to go up by 10 at the half. Instead Brady torched them on a deep throw and scored a TD to tie it. That’s why the Jets lost.

    The Patriots were up by 10 when they forced the fumble on the controversial TD. Despite the call being controversial, that was still a great play by Butler to cause the ball to come loose. Otherwise it’s just a normal TD.

    The Gronk PI was iffy, but there was plenty of contact. Could have been a no-call because the contact was both ways, but the defender did impede the path to the ball and didn’t get his head around, like you said.

    However, the next deep throw to Gronk wasn’t called and it was blatant PI. Go watch the replay. So that kind of evened out. Got to watch all the plays, not just the ones that align with the point you are trying to make.

  80. “So now Brady is whining about the officials”? No, he wasn’t,read the article, but based on your name , you are obviously clueless or ignorant of the laws of science too, besides having an issue with reading comprehension.

  81. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    October 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm
    So now Brady is whining about the officials? I guess when you run out of ways to cheat, throwing a hissy fit about the referees is your last resort.

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    He said they called it tight. Can’t argue that. It’s true. They called a bunch of ticky-tack contact against the Patriots in that game. If that’s the way they are going to call it you have to play differently. Brady would be the first to say that too.

  82. The Patriots have had 3 defensive holding penalties against them on running plays this season. I can’t recall ever seeing that before. I wonder if the Patriots are doing something on those plays to free up tacklers that the officials are cracking down on.

  83. Ahhhh….Pete Morelli. Referee for the 2009 NFC Championship between the Vikings and Saints.
    2 missed personal fouls on Brett Favre, phantom Pass interference call in OT on Ben Leber.
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    12 men in the huddle for the Vikings. Plus countless B.S. roughing penalties on 3rd down that GAVE the Vikings a new set of downs…the only reason it was even close.

  84. This is the most condescending, out of touch, ridiculous defense I’ve read in quite some time. Whatever the reason, the numbers are indisputable. There needs to be an investigation of Morelli’s crew immediately.

  85. bullcharger says:
    October 19, 2017 at 3:03 pm
    aarons444 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    Tom Brady(2000-present)*
    *Greatest NFL Quarterback of All Time – Rodgers, Aaron

    ————

    Rodgers hasn’t even gotten into the top 10 yet.

    Here are the things that look bad for Rodgers despite his amazing physical talent:
    – Going 15-1 the year after winning the Super Bowl and blowing the first playoff game to the Giants.
    – Two years of losing to the 49ers in the playoffs.
    – 38-36 Road record despite great home record (Brady road record:85-37, Montana road record: 65-30, Peyton road record: 85-48). Rodgers is pedestrian on the road at 2 games over 500.

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    Duh, because Rodgers only plays QB, not defense or any other positon. He is top 10 in terms of being great at his position. He has some of the best mental and physical skills to ever play QB. Guarantee he would turn any team, even the Browns, to a SB contender year after year if he was on their team. You can have a strong argument that Brady is a product of Belichek’s system but you definitely can’t say the same about Rodgers and McCarthy.

  86. Ahhhh….Pete Morelli. Referee for the 2009 NFC Championship between the Vikings and Saints.
    2 missed personal fouls on Brett Favre, phantom Pass interference call in OT on Ben Leber.
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    12 men in the huddle for the Vikings. Plus countless B.S. roughing penalties on 3rd down that GAVE the Vikings a new set of downs…the only reason it was even close.
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    What game were you watching? Please.

  87. tylawspick6 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm
    Meanwhile, our receivers are mauled beyond belief in the process.
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    The DB will engage( make contact with ) Gronk well past the 5 yard zone and Gronk will push them away and get called for offensive PI. Happens time and time again.

  88. Hell, yes, they’re biased. Hard to explain a lot of the officiating otherwise. Of course biased in this case, merely means ‘per league instructions’.

  89. I’m and Eagles fan but the problem with Morelli goes WAY beyond the Eagles. His crew has shown statistical favoritism towards the home team that can’t be explained away. His crew has called 17% more penalties on the visitors than the home team. The next closest had a10% disparity. So not only is Morelli’s crew biased against the visitors, his crew is FAR more biased than any other crew.

    NFLRA- numbers don’t lie.

  90. So you are telling me with all the stats thrown around in sports that make no sense (like the probability of getting a 3rd & 3 from the opponents 45 yard line on a Sunday night game when running to the left in the central time zone with temperatures over 63 degrees are 37% for home team & 29% for road team) we don’t have someone tracking every call every ref makes?
    Which back judges calls the most PI?
    Side judge calls the most defensive holding?
    Umpire that calls the most holding?
    Yadda, yadda, yadda…..

    All of this is trackable & tracking it to each individual ref rather than crew may show that there is a bias team to team or even league to league or home team v road team.
    If a certain side judge calls Sherman 5 times in a season for PI & he only gets it called on him 8 times total that season, that may show a bias if it continues into future seasons.

    I mean we have drop percentages & rushing efficiency & yards per attempt to yards per completion but we don’t have an out & open tracking system of the refs & their calls. The NFLRA may track it & grade them, but the public doesn’t see that & if Morrelli & his crew are getting Cs in some games (Eagles maybe???) but As in others, it’ll balance out & his crew will look decent long term. But it could completely show a bias, even if it isn’t a conscious thing from his crew.

  91. You Pats fans are so exasperating! I guess you forget that your shot at the first superbowl of the Brady area came courtesy of the worst call in modern NFL history – the “tuck rule”. When you lose a shot at the Superbowl due to a bad call, then we can call you even. Until then, stop embarassing yourself.

  92. cosmicredneck81 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm
    Worst officials in all of sport!
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    WHAT?? You obviously have never watched an NBA game…

  93. soaringelvis says:
    October 24, 2017 at 9:44 am
    cosmicredneck81 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm
    Worst officials in all of sport!
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    WHAT?? You obviously have never watched an NBA game…
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    NBA basketball is not a sport, it is a performance. Therefore NBA refs, as corrupt and incompetent as they are, should not judged against NFL refs because they aren’t really doing anything important.

  94. Here are the things that look bad for Rodgers despite his amazing physical talent:
    – Going 15-1 the year after winning the Super Bowl and blowing the first playoff game to the Giants.
    – Two years of losing to the 49ers in the playoffs.
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    Its on Rodgers that the defense gave up 579 total yards in 2012 to the 9ers??.. BY HIMSELF, Kaepernick had 444 yards of total offense.. 181 on the ground.. Guess Rodgers should have shadowed him…..

    The other loss to the 9ers.. Tie game with 5 minutes left, Dom Capers defense couldn’t hold, which is his M.O. by definition. SF burned the remaining clock and kicked a FG as time expired.

    Win or lose in 2013, Green Bay wasn’t beating Seattle in Seattle in 2013. Nobody was. If you think the 9ers loss was bad, I’m glad I didn’t have to experience that game.

    The Giant loss was ugly, I’ll give you that. But that was also 1 of the 5 worst defenses in NFL history. The Hail Mary score just before halftime still burns.. but not a good game for that offense. That was 1 of the 5 best offenses ever, and the Giants grounded them. Props to Coughlin. He did that to 2 of the top 5 offenses ever.

  95. Seriously??? Arron is closer to Marino than Brady.
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    They’re both better than Brady.

    Probably the 2 most physically gifted QBs of all-time.

    Pure joy watching them play.

    I’d rather get hit by a bus than watch Brady take a single snap.

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