Ron Rivera thinks NFL should add an eighth on-field official

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera was upset about a couple of officiating decisions during Sunday’s season-ending loss to the Saints and they were a topic during his Monday press conference.

Rivera wanted officials to review an interception by safety Mike Adams just after the two minute warning because he felt Adams didn’t have control of the ball. Had the play been incomplete, the Panthers would have been 16 yards closer to the New Orleans end zone on their final drive. That final drive featured an intentional grounding call on Cam Newton that Rivera took issue with as well.

On Monday, Rivera proposed adding an eighth on-field official for all games in the future. He didn’t specify how it would have helped on those plays, but said it was something he believes would help officials do better at a difficult job.

“I think they need help,” Rivera said, via ESPN.com. “First of all, there’s a lot of vagueness to the rules. There’s a lot of gray area. We put a lot on them and ask them to do a lot. Things happen in a split second. They’re trying to make decisions during real time. I think they do need to add an extra referee and they need to put that guy right behind the linebackers. They’ve got to pad him up. It’s just my opinion. But these guys are trying to do something that’s very difficult. It’s an emotional game. I get emotional about it, and I know they try to do the best they can.”

Eight officials are on the field at the highest level of college football and the NFL experimented with it in the preseason for a couple of years, so Rivera isn’t coming up with something out of the blue by suggesting it now. The lack of action after the two trial runs suggest the idea won’t pick up much momentum, but we’ll see if anyone else jumps on that bandwagon.

13 responses to “Ron Rivera thinks NFL should add an eighth on-field official

  1. Ron Rivera is absolutely the biggest crybaby in the NFL. And he’s not very bright: he’s the only person in the entire universe who required an explanation for the grounding penalty that Cam rightfully earned. It was textbook grounding and Troy Aikman agreed with the flag.

  2. That would just be adding in one more moron to screw things up. Hire legitimate, competent officials. That is the only thing that will solve the problem.

  3. goawayeverybody says:
    January 8, 2018 at 3:43 pm
    Ron Rivera is absolutely the biggest crybaby in the NFL. And he’s not very bright: he’s the only person in the entire universe who required an explanation for the grounding penalty that Cam rightfully earned. It was textbook grounding and Troy Aikman agreed with the flag.
    ——
    He’s not near the crybaby level of Harbaugh.

  4. explanation for the grounding penalty that Cam rightfully earned. It was textbook grounding and Troy Aikman agreed with the flag
    )))))))))))))))))))
    Looked like the same thing Brees did when he wasn’t called for it.

  5. Look Riverboat Ron, the Grounding by Cam was close, but no Spreadsheet marks on the field … had you a Neurologist who wasn’t on the Payroll, you would have had a QB in the game who wasn’t ‘on queer street’.

    And if your Player, Adams, is too dumb to know that he should just knock the ball down, now who’s fault is that?

  6. Sorry, the grounding call was correct and consistent with the one called against Washington at the same time frame of the game. Apparently the snowflakes Rivera and Cam cheating think they are above the rules.

  7. in the NFL’s defense, the 40 million a year they give Goodell (whatta bargain) really cuts into the budget of being able to pay/train full time officials to be competent

  8. They do need to put the Umpire back into the middle of the field like they used to be.
    Seems like (because it is) all the Refs just stand on the exterior & look from 30 yards away (with 70 year old eyes, trying to run at the pace of the players, always 2 steps behind). It is just not a recipe for success.

  9. Well why not just have 22 officials on the field, one for each player. They only would watch that one player on offense and defense. Wouldn’t hold the game up much.

  10. —-fmc651 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 4:06 pm
    explanation for the grounding penalty that Cam rightfully earned. It was textbook grounding and Troy Aikman agreed with the flag
    )))))))))))))))))))
    Looked like the same thing Brees did when he wasn’t called for it.—-

    Brees was called for it. What game were you watching?

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