NFL officiating not up to playoff standards, and other wild-card thoughts

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Officiating was not up to playoff standards this weekend. The NFL needs to fix it.

The league likes to say that the best officials work the playoffs, but that’s not exactly true. There are 17 officials at each position (17 referees, 17 field judges, etc.) and the league typically assigns 10 of them to playoff games. So if you’re the 10th-best referee in a field of 17, you’re hardly “the best,” and yet you’ll get a playoff assignment.

The NFL also doesn’t allow first-year officials to work playoff games, so if the best field judge in the NFL in 2017 was a first-year field judge, he didn’t get a playoff assignment. And the NFL spreads around the best assignments, so an official can’t work consecutive Super Bowls even if he’s the best in the league two years in a row.

All of this means that we weren’t really seeing the best officials on the field over the weekend. And it showed.

Do I need to re-hash the terrible job referee Jeff Triplette and his crew did to kick off the playoffs on Saturday afternoon? Just read what former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira had to say. He called the officiating “horrible” in that game.

But that was far from the only game. We had a referee announce that it was fourth down when it was actually first down — and never turn on his microphone to correct his mistake, although thankfully the crew got it straightened out before the next play. We had a blindside block called a hit to the head and neck area when it was actually shoulder-to-chest. We had the officials forget about a 10-second runoff until the last second, when thankfully an alternate official ran from the sideline onto the field to alert the on-field referee. We had a couple of absolutely terrible spots award first downs when there clearly should not have been first downs. We never had a replay review of the key Panthers interception in the final minutes of their loss to the Saints.

There are always going to be officiating mistakes, but is it too much to ask that the NFL put the best officials on the field for the playoffs? The solution is simple: Only the four best officials at each position should work the playoffs. They should each work one wild-card game, then one divisional-round game. Then the two best should work the conference championships, and the best should work the Super Bowl. None of this “everyone gets a trophy” style of officiating assignments for the 10th-best referee. If you want to reward a longtime veteran ref with a postseason assignment but he wasn’t in the Top 4 at his position, let him work the Pro Bowl.

Until the NFL puts the best officials on the field in the playoffs, expect to see more ugly playoff weekends.

Here are my other thoughts from the wild card round:

Sean McDonough needling Jon Gruden was hilarious. The most entertaining action of the weekend was in the booth in Kansas City, where ESPN’s McDonough repeatedly referred to Gruden as the next coach of the Raiders, and Gruden repeatedly claimed nothing was official. I don’t know why Gruden felt the need to mislead ESPN’s viewers (the Raiders announced shortly after the game that Gruden’s hiring was, in fact, official), but I’m glad McDonough made Gruden sweat.

Matt Ryan is money in the playoffs. I don’t think we talk enough about how well Ryan has played in the postseason. After Saturday’s win over the Rams, Ryan has the second-highest postseason passer rating (minimum 250 attempts) in NFL history. Only Kurt Warner is higher.

The Jaguars’ defense is legit. I know everyone is going to talk all day about how terrible that Bills-Jaguars game was, but the reality is the Jaguars’ defense was phenomenal. Holding any NFL opponent to three points is hard to do. Don’t sleep on the Jaguars pulling an upset in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Kareem Hunt needed more carries. Second-guessing Andy Reid after a playoff disappointment almost feels like piling on at this point, but I have a real problem with Hunt, the Chiefs running back who led the NFL in rushing in 2017, only getting 11 carries in the loss to the Titans. As the Chiefs’ offense really picked up down the stretch, following Reid handing off play calling to offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, it was with Hunt as a workhorse: In Nagy’s first three games calling plays, Hunt had 25, 24 and 29 carries. Only giving Hunt 11 carries was a mistake that both Reid and Nagy should answer for.

The new concussion rules weren’t followed for Cam Newton. The league says it is discussing the matter with the Panthers’ medical staff, but what’s to discuss? Newton was hit hard, stumbled around, knelt to the ground and came off the field. The Panthers announced that Newton was checked for a concussion, but he never left the sideline area. The league’s rules could not be clearer: Just 10 days ago the NFL said it would “Require a locker room concussion evaluation for all players demonstrating gross or sustained vertical instability (e.g., stumbling or falling to the ground when trying to stand).” Newton was stumbling and was evaluated for a concussion. By rule, that evaluation had to take place in the locker room, not the sideline. This evaluation was done incorrectly, and the NFL needs to acknowledge it.

88 responses to “NFL officiating not up to playoff standards, and other wild-card thoughts

  1. “The new concussion rules weren’t followed for Cam Newton.”

    To me, it looked like Cam gave up and he was pretending to be injured to get out of the game. Cam is still too immature to win it all.

  2. I’m not excusing the referees, but has there ever been a game in the history of sports where fans of the losing team didn’t cry about the refs?

  3. .
    Here’s one reason why you can’t link one game to another. The first Steelers Jaguars game was played on October 8 at 70° under bright blue skies. The rematch will be “Pittsburgh Grey” with a high temperature of 18°
    .

  4. If the Gruden hiring wasn’t “official” yet, why should he talk about it? He did the right thing. Also probably didn’t want to distract from the game. Most in his position would have done the same thing.

  5. And how many titles does Ryan have? He’s not that good in crucnh time, which is where you separate the wheat from the chaff

  6. It looked like the replacement refs got called in for the Chiefs-Titans game.

    The NFL doesn’t care about their image, so it will never get better.

  7. The concussion rules are a joke. It all sounds good on paper but when it comes down to a players well being vs getting a win any concern players well being goes out the window when the moment of truth arrives. They are running a cover up story that he was poked in the eye but on this mornings news they showed Cams movements in the seconds after the hit, and also as he struggled to the sidelines, several angles too. Everything you see is clearly concussion. There is no sign its an eye injury, he is unsteady and not even reaching to or paying any attention to his eye. Thats just a cover up story they cooked up afterwards.

  8. Why would you be “glad he made him sweat?” Gruden did exactly the right thing, until the Raiders officially announce it he can’t say it. McDUHNUH is terrible in the booth and Gruden should have put him in his place.

  9. “Newton was hit hard, stumbled around, knelt to the ground and came off the field.”
    ————-

    Nice try at making up facts to fit the your narrative. Newton NEVER “stumbled around” after the hit as he walked to the sideline. You can see a Panthers coach telling him to get down so they’d get an injury timeout instead to get Anderson in and ready.

  10. The NFL is SLOPPY! There is little to no discipline among players, teams, coaches or officials! Coaches have violated the concussion rule all year. Teams loose games because of undisciplined, immature players being more focused on clowning around than on their job! Right Kansas City?

  11. The Chiefs aren’t good enough to overcome bad officiating. Andy should be fired. Glad Triplette is gone…48 hours too late for KC.

  12. “Cam gave up and he was pretending to be injured to get out of the game.”
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    Makes zero sense, since he was back in the game almost immediately.

  13. Man, I would have hate to have been the official in the booth. There were a lot of plays that were unbelievably close. That’s after watching super slow motion, with enhanced magnified views. At least they went with that ‘irrefutable proof’ standard.

  14. What a stupid premise to this article regarding the officating. How about actually EXPLAINING to the readers how the officials are rated on EVERY SINGLE call/non-call during the season? While Triplette may irritate some fans, his calls are pretty accurate.

    As for what the windbag Pereira thinks, who cares. He’s been shown to be wrong on calls multiple times, yet he never acknowledges that either. Basically, he’s just trying to justify his Fox salary.

  15. “I don’t think we talk enough about how well Ryan has played in the postseason”

    Interesting observation. I’ve actually often seen or heard Ryan referred to as a ‘choker’ who has performed poorly in big games. It’s interesting if the stats seem completely at odds with that.

  16. Can someone find the rule that addresses how a quarterback that is not running forward can have his forward momentum stopped?

  17. donterrelli says:
    January 8, 2018 at 8:14 am
    “The new concussion rules weren’t followed for Cam Newton.”

    To me, it looked like Cam gave up and he was pretending to be injured to get out of the game. Cam is still too immature to win it all.
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    That seems a bit mean spirited given that the outcome of the game could have been different if Clay does not drop that sure touchdown pass, after which a chip shot field goal was missed.

  18. Cam got drilled in the head. I thought that was a penalty?
    Because he ran forward in the pocket he became a runner maybe, but lets be honest any other QB would have gotten a call.

  19. akira554 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 8:55 am
    “Newton was hit hard, stumbled around, knelt to the ground and came off the field.”
    ————-

    Nice try at making up facts to fit the your narrative. Newton NEVER “stumbled around” after the hit as he walked to the sideline. You can see a Panthers coach telling him to get down so they’d get an injury timeout instead to get Anderson in and ready.

    ——————
    Dude, you should watch the replays this morning. It was a concussion all the way, its so clear. I get it you want to stick up for your team but the video we all plainly see is going to be stronger than your typed comments.

  20. “Matt Ryan is money in the playoffs.” Really? Because taking that sack in the SB isn’t exactly the kind of money that wins games?

  21. A lot of nit picking with the refs! I saw the game that Triplette called, not nearly as bad as Pereira made it out to be! No outrageously missed calls, the “in the grasp” called looked good, Henry’s non fumble was correctly called.
    Just o lot of piling on!

  22. donterrelli says:
    January 8, 2018 at 8:14 am
    “The new concussion rules weren’t followed for Cam Newton.”

    To me, it looked like Cam gave up and he was pretending to be injured to get out of the game. Cam is still too immature to win it all.

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    Thats the opposite of the truth. Cam was totally determined to get back in that game. This whole attempt to deny the concussion, which he is part of, was to get him back in the game. Frankly I am rescinding some of my past comments on his toughness. No grounds from yesterday to hate on Cam.

  23. Move Reid to a GM type position, keep Nagy as head coach. My guess is Reid got way too involved in play calling once they got up in the 2nd half.

    He went to thinking about the Patriots and hiding any ammunition from them. Or he got caught up in his usual “I don’t want to beat teams too bad” and he called off the dogs. He’s done that twice in the playoffs now and he’s lost both.

  24. Anyone notice how horrible the QB play was this weekend? Bortles and Taylor were awful. At least Bortles figured out he sucked and decided he was a better running back…..

  25. If you make it mandatory to pull players from the game, then you are giving incentive to defenses to deliver concussions to opponents. Considering Cam almost lead a game-winning drive proves this. if u want to force Cam Newton to undergo concussion examination THEN YOU MUST STOP THE ENTIRE GAME and once he is cleared or ruled out, THEN you resume. Until this changes teams will always hide concussions.

  26. Unless Big Ben drops five picks on the Jags again, there’s no way they are winning. Their defence may be great, but their offence is all time putrid.

  27. Sean Payton is a punk. That purse-lipped cry baby built his career on cheating the Vikings out of the 2009 NFC Championship game. Bounty gate should have led to his dismissal. Instead he slimed into a Super Bowl win.

  28. Couldn’t agree more on the officiating. And I had no dog in any of the fights.
    Jeff Triplette’s “shotgun” explanation was embarrassing, as was the spot that was two full yards off in the Titans-Chiefs game.
    But the most unexplainable call was the Mike Adams interception in Saints-Panthers. Even in the pre-“Calvin Johnson Rule” era, that was not close to a catch. And no one needed replay to see it. The offensive player raked it out like a DB on standard pass play.
    Should he have batted it down? Yes.
    Did he control the ball? No. Not even close.

  29. mrbigass says:
    January 8, 2018 at 9:28 am
    Anyone notice how horrible the QB play was this weekend? Bortles and Taylor were awful. At least Bortles figured out he sucked and decided he was a better running back…..
    —————————-
    Did you expect a shootout?
    If so, you’re an idiot. It was a game all about the defenses. Nobody expected a high scoring game.

  30. The officiating is much better than at any time in NFL history, because of replay. We just have so many more camera angles nowadays, and the hi tech slow motion video, to show us every time something isn’t perfect. The NFL can take the next step and do most of the refereeing from the video booth, but the complainers will just have something new to complain about. The refs used to blatantly miss so many calls, but we never knew about it because we didn’t have the hi tech cameras. showing us 50 different slow motion angles. All the best teams won yesterday. The refs are fine.

  31. In basketball they call it flopping. Cam Newton likes to act like he’s half dead, hoping to get a sympathy call. We see it all the time from him, yet the concussion tests always come back negative. I thought the refs did the right thing. If they would have taken him out, and he didn’t have a concussion, everybody would be talking about it. I think people just like to look for things to try to make Goodell and the league look bad ever since Tom Terrific got caught cheating. A lot of people who cover the NFL rip the league 24/7, then wonder why ratings are down. You could tell everyone the sky is falling and half would believe you.

  32. I keep saying it every week, but the refs will always cheat for the Saints at home. Always with the phantom calls and other calls which defy the rulebook.

    .. and always benefiting the Saints.

  33. We have moved to microscope and microsecond precision on video replay, and it all comes down to this for fans and website commenters: shame on officials for not having IBM Watson processing abilities. We all know that the Titan/Chiefs outcome was ordained to keep a krytonite team from visiting Foxborough this weekend. Wish someone would re-program Payton, as he lost it on that dumb 4th down try late. And how about the interception that should not have been executed? Do players get coached situationally nowhere except in New England? The first play from scrimmage after that got the ball back to midfield but it cost a few seconds.

    Rivera has a point on the grounding call, the Panthers abused the concussion protocol (just like Seattle), coaches are not that smart, players are at the mercy of these coaches, Jaguars are lucky they have a D, Alex and Reid are losers, and the next weekend begins the Great Sorting.

    All is well.

  34. Panthers vs Saints: Gano missed a 25 yard field goal after the Panthers were stopped at the 8 yard line. The holder received the snap and spotted the ball at the 15 yard line(= 25 yard attempt).

    Come back from commercial and the Saints have the ball 1st and ten from the 20 yard line, and Brees launches it about 50 yards for an 80 yard touchdown. Terrible to misplace the ball after turnover on downs. No coaching staff, officials or tv commentators seemed to notice. And I am a Lions fan so no dog in the hunt. Just sensitive to it as the Lions were screwed out of 10 yards in similar way a few years ago.

  35. The holding and the dbs messing with the wrs after 5 yards is ridiculous but that’s what the fans and media want.

  36. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 9:51 am
    I keep saying it every week, but the refs will always cheat for the Saints at home. Always with the phantom calls and other calls which defy the rulebook.

    .. and always benefiting the Saints.

    ———

    Translation: “My team can’t beat the Saints”

  37. When people mention the Mariota fumble blown dead because “forward progress was stopped” they forget the Travis Kelce fumble (he clearly dropped the ball on his concussion play) that was blown dead because…no reason given. Both were wrong but at least they offset one another and it wasn’t one-sided bad officiating.

  38. Cam got drilled in the head. I thought that was a penalty?
    Because he ran forward in the pocket he became a runner maybe, but lets be honest any other QB would have gotten a call.

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    on that play he escaped a potential sack was not standing up straight and got hit by the defender’s chest in the head area. there is no chance thats a penalty. explain to me another way the defender could possibly get newton down in that situation.

  39. How can they forget a 10 second run off especially in the critical moments at the end of a game when it matters most? It’s not exactly some obscure rule.

  40. If Bortles doesn’t throw any better against the Steelers, I don’t care how good the defense is
    they have no chance. He was horrific yesterday. He looked as though he had the “yips” like in golf. It was ugly.

  41. @Greenlargo says:

    The concussion rules are a joke. It all sounds good on paper but when it comes down to a players well being vs getting a win any concern players well being goes out the window when the moment of truth arrives. They are running a cover up story that he was poked in the eye but on this mornings news they showed Cams movements in the seconds after the hit, and also as he struggled to the sidelines, several angles too. Everything you see is clearly concussion. There is no sign its an eye injury, he is unsteady and not even reaching to or paying any attention to his eye. Thats just a cover up story they cooked up afterwards.
    ===================================================================================
    After the visit to the Blue Room, he sat on the bench with a towel on his eye. If Buffalo could have, they would have put Tyrod Taylor back if he wasn’t out cold…same thing with KC and Travis Kelce. NFL needs a targeting rule!

  42. College games seem to be better officiated, especially its replay system. NFL takes for ever to decide if it will review a play. It makes a coach waste challenges on things the league should review. College reviews are efficiently done.

  43. People that don’t know football: “Matt Ryan is awesome, look at his passer rating.”
    People that know football: 28-3

    People that don’t know football: “Don’t sleep on the Jaguars pulling an upset in Pittsburgh…”
    People that know football: 306-Pittsburgh, minus the points…”

  44. Jon Gilbert says:
    January 8, 2018 at 8:25 am
    Matty ice is so money in the playoffs. How many Super Bowls has he won again?
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    It’s just Tom Brady is mo money in the playoffs.

  45. I would be furious with Reid if I were a Chief fan. Up by 18 and their best weapon in the passing game out of the game, and he does not feed Hunt the entire 2nd half?? Loss not on Smith.

    Buffalo…get a QB!!

    Atl Def and running game showed up big time. The All Pro returner for the Rams….not so much!!

    N.O….they are acting like 2015 Panthers every week. Hope the Vikes D turns it into a knock down, drag out street fight and sends them home limping and whining.

  46. akira554 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 8:55 am
    “Newton was hit hard, stumbled around, knelt to the ground and came off the field.”
    ————-

    Nice try at making up facts to fit the your narrative. Newton NEVER “stumbled around” after the hit as he walked to the sideline. You can see a Panthers coach telling him to get down so they’d get an injury timeout instead to get Anderson in and ready.

    So you’re straight up telling us thy faked an injury to get a timeout? How about if you fake an injury, looked dazed, stumble and kneel halfway to the bench you go to the C tent no matter what. I’d feel better if they admitted that he faked it instead of this eye story.

  47. I think we’ve given the present system of officiating a fair tryout – It doesn’t fix any of the problems it was installed to correct – We’re still arguing nonstop over the officiating. Get rid of it. Essentially they’ve simply replaced one judgment call (on the field) with yet another judgment call (in an office) – They’ve turned an exciting game into an executive’s nightmare. We are no longer allowed to cheer until someone in a suit in a far away city tells us we can cheer. Get rid of it. Go back to on field officiating and if it isn’t good enough, get better refs.

  48. The Mariota forward progress call boggles the mind.

    As a long-term fan, I am completely suspect of this league. If that were my team in a game that mattered, it’d almost be enough for me to say “I’m done.” I am not excusing the Chiefs from losing. I just want proper standards drawn up in a simple fashion & enforced properly.

    If I want to watch fake drama, I’d be into wrestling. I’m not.

    This sport is unique in that engages physical neanderthal & the brilliant tactician that are inside many of us.

    JUST GET IT RIGHT.

  49. “…has there ever been a game in the history of sports where fans of the losing team didn’t cry about the refs?”

    Maybe, maybe not, but I don’t read any of the criticisms as being made by unhappy fans of the losing team. Nor do I think that any of the screw-ups were a significant factor in who won or lost any of the various games. Just speaking as a neutral observer of the game, the officiating was awful. The Mariota non-fumble was awful. The Kelce non-fumble was awful. There were many spots that were awful. Bad penalties, bad missed penalties – just a very poor job by the officials, particularly in the KC-TEN game…

  50. Come back from commercial and the Saints have the ball 1st and ten from the 20 yard line, and Brees launches it about 50 yards for an 80 yard touchdown. Terrible to misplace the ball after turnover on downs.

    ************************

    Then you need to learn the rules – in the NFL if a FG is missed inside the 20, it’s placed at the 20, if it’s missed beyond the 20, it’s at the spot of the kick.

  51. OldTime Football says:
    January 8, 2018 at 9:12 am
    A lot of nit picking with the refs! I saw the game that Triplette called, not nearly as bad as Pereira made it out to be! No outrageously missed calls, the “in the grasp” called looked good, Henry’s non fumble was correctly called.
    Just o lot of piling on!

    _________________________

    We were even watching the same game? No outrageously missed calls? Only the worst application of “forward” progress” I’ve ever seen in my life.

  52. Want to change the concussion rule violations? Fine the team $500K and take away their second round draft pick. There, done.

  53. Taking anything Mike Pereira says seriously is the articles first problem. This dude gets about 90% of his calls incorrect. And that’s with the benefit of seeing instant replay first. Also, the article seems to point out all the things the officials corrected prior to the next play. Isn’t that what it’s all about? I didn’t see any plays that changed the results of who won last weekend.

  54. People want their QB protected. But, they don’t want the opposing QB to be in the grasp if he fumbles after the whistle. But if Mariota had gotten away from the defense, and thrown a TD, those same people would be screaming his forward progress was stopped and it should have been a sack.

  55. I’m glad you pointed out the lack of review for that incomplete pass that was ruled an INT at the end of the Saints/Panthers. This is just an obvious way that they stripes control the game for a desired outcome. Anyone who denies that game fixing doesn’t take place doesn’t watch the games. Two crucial officiating calls that resulted in a different outcome of that game happened in the final 2 mins: the non-review of the turnover inside 2 mins (I thought the league was in charge of that) and the marginal grounding call in the final minute. I’m not a fan of either team and ever more happy that I cut the cord and quit giving the NFL any of my money.

  56. You literally left off the most obvious issue, which is that replays for even the most obvious calls usually take 5-6 minutes to complete. Wasn’t moving replay review to NYC supposed to speed up the process? Instead the audience gets to see a replay played 25 times in a row while Al Riveron writes his legal brief about surviving the ground. It’s bad TV.

  57. Here is the bottom line: The officiating will only get better when the NFL stops controlling who they want in the super-bowl for ratings, power and cash.. end of story.

  58. Kelce did fumble… After a helmet to helmet hit that’s called 100% of the time. But he definitely fumbled, it was odd that nothing was reviewed on that play.

    Triplette after that play…
    A) Don’t review, we already gave TN 3 points.
    B) Don’t review since we missed the helmet to helmet.
    C) Don’t review, let’s hurry up and get this over with.

  59. yourbassist says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:08 am
    OldTime Football says:
    January 8, 2018 at 9:12 am
    A lot of nit picking with the refs! I saw the game that Triplette called, not nearly as bad as Pereira made it out to be! No outrageously missed calls, the “in the grasp” called looked good, Henry’s non fumble was correctly called.
    Just o lot of piling on!

    _________________________

    We were even watching the same game? No outrageously missed calls? Only the worst application of “forward” progress” I’ve ever seen in my life.
    **************************************************************************************

    Agreed. The Mariota “forward progress” was clearly textbook sack/fumble.

    It’s hard to NOT see the “avoid a blowout” politics at play.

    Executives that risk millions of dollars long-term for the sake of tens of thousands of dollars short-term need to go.

    Owners need to stop putting up with this crap at Park Ave. Representing the Shield used to be an honor for the sake of sportsmanship & competitive balance.

    Apparently, it was once discussed that the NFL league office should have 2 distinct leaders, segmented by 1 managing business aspects of the game & a commissioner responsible for maintaining the game’s integrity.

    Since Goodell has soiled the integrity of the game by managing discipline standards via PR responses & has only made officiating MORE confusing for the average fan…..in addition to fanning the flames of personal problems with players/owners, perhaps this is an idea that could gain some traction.

  60. Who created this problem?
    Whining and crying owners, coaches and players.
    Before the Billionaire owners and instant replay the referees did a great job.
    The sore losesers have created a impossible situation for the officials and the commintaters don’t help either.

  61. What about all the hits the Tyrod Taylor took? His head bounced off the ground multiple times, I believe. I thought he should have been pulled to be evaluated as well.

  62. jjackwagon says:
    January 8, 2018 at 8:57 am
    The Chiefs aren’t good enough to overcome bad officiating. Andy should be fired. Glad Triplette is gone…48 hours too late for KC.
    ———————-
    Chiefs had more benefit of bad officiating than the Titans did.

    Mariota DID fumble, clear recovery by KC. Titans scored 3 points on the drive.
    Kelce DID fumble, clear recovery by TEN. Didn’t even review it. Chiefs scored 7 points on the drive.

    There were some other glaring mistakes that didn’t cost either team anything.

  63. Being very familiar with the NHL their process is very different. The officials get graded and assignments are based off that. If you’re the best you can work the next 15 Stanley Cup finals.

  64. When are KC fans gonna stop whining about the Kelce hit? He had long since established himself as a runner & was clearly no longer defenseless. It was entirely within the rules. You want them calling penalties when nothing outside the rules happened?!?

    He lowered himself as much as Cyprien did. Cyprien tried to go low, but Kelce also went low. Too bad he got hurt. But that’s football.

  65. Thanks, Grumpysal. I did not know of different rule for where the FG attempt was from:

    Then you need to learn the rules – in the NFL if a FG is missed inside the 20, it’s placed at the 20, if it’s missed beyond the 20, it’s at the spot of the kick.

  66. rustytrumbone says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Being very familiar with the NHL their process is very different. The officials get graded and assignments are based off that.
    ————————–

    That’s how it works in the NFL as well.

  67. savethebs says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    When are KC fans gonna stop whining about the Kelce hit? He had long since established himself as a runner & was clearly no longer defenseless. It was entirely within the rules.
    ———————-

    Why should it matter what a player is when helmet to helmet is involved?

  68. Since we weren’t able to comment on the video which stated that Cam Newton has a lack of talent around him, I would like to interject here if possible.

    When has anyone ever complained about Tom Brady having a “lack of talent” around him. That’s because the truly great quarterbacks get it done with the receivers that they have. It also comes down to good coaching. Kenbrell Thompkins. Phillip Dorsett. A young, inexperienced Julian Edelman (at the time). Yet the Patriots find a way to win with less so-called “talent.”

    And full disclosure: I despise the Patriots. But they always find a way to do more with less because they have great coaching and a great quarterback.

    Cam Newton is not a great quarterback. Someone please call me when his maturity level advances beyond 2nd grade.

  69. “Forward progress was stopped” was absolutely the correct call. Mariota was backpedalling in the defenders grasps at that point and unless you want all starting QBs slammed to the ground to get the whistle, then keeping whining.

    Me, I really don’t want to be watching backups Brandon Weeden or Matt Cassels play any Titans games…

  70. The half the distance ancient rules need to be fixed. If you are in the red zone on the 3 and it’s 3rd and 2. A defensive offsides has to be 1st and goal, not half the distance and 3rd and a half yard. Same with the other way. If an offensive team is backed up on their 1 or 2 trying to get an extra 5 yards….because there is no downside to it….any penalty on the offense should be added to the yard to gain. Why on earth shouldn’t the offensive team be penalized the yardage in some form or fashion. Change this rule PLEASE

  71. There were a lot of things wrong with the officiating but these guys do make most of the calls. Nobody complains about the ones they get right. That said, the only difference between the replacement refs and these guys was that the normal officials managed the game/time better. That has not been the case this year. They have taken too long on multiple occasions and that makes the little stuff seem much bigger. One game, they cut to commercial, came back and THEN the referee got on the mic to inform everybody that they will review the previous play. What were they doing during the first break? The NFL needs to make a change to help the flow of the games. Simply play them without regard to network requests. If the networks cut to commercial but don’t make it back, so be it. The fans will be mad at the network/advertisers and they will soon change. The simplest one is a double box with the add on one side and the game on the other…switch full screen back to the game as soon as the commercial ends.

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