Goodell addresses improvements to officiating

AP

As a postseason in which officials were a focal point comes to a close, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says some improvements to officiating may be on the way.

Goodell said at his “State of the League” press conference that the NFL will examine ways to make officiating better for the 2015 season.

“We are looking at other ways to enhance replay and officiating,” Goodell said. “That includes potentially expanding replay to penalties if it can be done without more disruption to the pace of the game. And we are discussing rotating members of the officiating crews during the season as a way to improve consistency throughout our regular season and benefit our crews in the postseason. In officiating, consistency is our number-one objective.”

Achieving consistency is easier said than done, because consistency has been lacking in NFL officiating for a long, long time. But it’s good to know that the NFL realizes that officiating is something that needs to be improved.

89 responses to “Goodell addresses improvements to officiating

  1. The first improvement is to let them know that diving and stretching for the end zone with the ball in your hands after catching it is a “football move”.

  2. We’re gonna give the part timers some help… Just keep buying tickets and merchandise… Love ya

  3. Florio, please ask someone of importance this question…
    What is the difference between deflating footballs to get a better grip and QB’s wearing tackified gloves to get a better grip? Or receivers wearing them to make “unbelievable” one handed catches that they wouldn’t if they weren’t wearing gloves?
    Are these only obvious questions to me?

  4. Us fans suffer more than anyone. We keep paying. We are buying Johnny Manziel jerseys. Lets do a real protest only one time. Hit the owners where it hurts. Only one good protest wou9ld change the NFL for many years. We deserve it. We are the sport. There is no Professional sports with out our passion. NONE. We work 9-5. Actually most of you work way more hours. And we still find time to make sure we miss no game. WE THE PEOPLE. What about us?

  5. @abninf yes. Also they should know that when a defender does not look back and tugs on a wrs jersey and a flag is thrown for pi, that penalty should stay.

  6. “Pace of the game”……Cut out some the commercials…..can never get into the flow of a game. I typically live on RedZone during the regular season.

  7. jchipwood says:
    Jan 31, 2015 8:10 AM
    Without consequences there will continue to be poor (pro patriot) officiating.
    …………
    So sad chippy, commenting on every article and getting your patriots jab in there.

    In a way, I hope the Seahawks win so you don’t fall into obscurity and depression. For the sake of your sanity and good will onto others, I will hope for a Seahawks victory…..or a tie.

  8. wheresallthecommonsense says: Jan 31, 2015 7:52 AM

    Florio, please ask someone of importance this question…
    What is the difference between deflating footballs to get a better grip and QB’s wearing tackified gloves to get a better grip? Or receivers wearing them to make “unbelievable” one handed catches that they wouldn’t if they weren’t wearing gloves?
    Are these only obvious questions to me?
    =======
    One is within the rules (gloves) and one is CHEATING (Pats).

    HTH

  9. I just don’t understand why I’m not making 120 mil a year. I mean, my job performance blows Goodell’s out of the water.

  10. What is the difference between deflating footballs to get a better grip and QB’s wearing tackified gloves to get a better grip? Or receivers wearing them to make “unbelievable” one handed catches that they wouldn’t if they weren’t wearing gloves?
    Are these only obvious questions to me?

    ———————————————–

    SIMPLE CLEAR OBVIOUS CONCISE ANSWER (hard for you Billy/Brady lovers to get this): One complies with the rules and the other doesn’t.

    The only obvious question to me is —- what flavor is the koolaid served at the Brady/Billy commune?

  11. One more poll,

    Thumbs up if it benefits the entire league.

    Thumbs down if it benefits only the Patriots (think tuck rule).

  12. The past 2 seasons the officiating has been atrocious. None of them have a gd clue what is going on. Between the that & the incessant commercials, CBS constantly pimping their crappy lineup, obnoxious Joe Buck it’s getting harder & harder to watch/enjoy this stuff.

  13. What is the difference between deflating footballs to get a better grip and QB’s wearing tackified gloves to get a better grip? Or receivers wearing them to make “unbelievable” one handed catches that they wouldn’t if they weren’t wearing gloves?

    ———————————————–

    SIMPLE CLEAR OBVIOUS CONCISE ANSWER (hard for you Billy/Brady lovers to get this): One complies with the rules and the other doesn’t.

    Don’t need to get so angry. You’re missing the point…both are trying to accomplish the same “competitive edge”, getting a better grip on the ball, would you not agree? And just because wearing gloves is within the rules, does that make it right? Maybe we should question that rule? Why is one ok and the other, that’s trying to accomplish the same thing, not? It’s a legitimate argument.

  14. Please explain full time officials to me. Is it they can’t work another job? What does that do? There’s no substitute for game situations. Officials get better with game experience. What does making them “full time” really do? Are they supposed to officiate other games during the week? If so, what games? There’s no substitute for NFL spped and action. So they can’t have another job and they spend their days watching film? These guys are tested during the week now. They are graded for every play. I’m not sure making them full time does anything at all. I think the bigger issue would be to have a stronger evaluation process and demote sooner as opposed to later.

  15. To the Arron Rodgers apologists on here, riddle me this. When he slips those over inflated balls past the officials does he use them? With all this talk of insuring the integrity of the game, once he takes a snap with that fat ball he’s guilty as the day is long. His intent is to get illegal balls into the game. Thus giving his team a competitive advantage. When the cheating occurred, prior to or after inspection, is irrelevant. His intent is to cheat. You condoning his behavior makes you a hypocrite. He should be fined and suspended. Anyone who helped him cheat should be disciplined. His legacy is tarnished.

  16. I give Goodell at most two more years on the job. The realization that he is not the man for the job is hitting critical mass. Yes officiating needs an upgrade and some of his other points are correct as well. But above all of this sits a man whose every intuition during times of crisis or change is both wrong and late. The Goodell era just can’t last much longer … Too many people have lost respect for him.

  17. Hahahahahahahahah. Consistency? You mean like–for the first time ever–testing footballs for air pressure at halftime of the AFC Championship game?

    Without understanding the Ideal Gas Law?

    And then leaking information to the press over the following two weeks to smear the winningest franchise in the game, in the lead up to the Super Bowl?

    They hate us cause they ain’t us.

  18. Lets start with some consistent calls from one game to the next. I flip around the channels on a Sunday afternoon and can’t believe I’m actually watching the same sport with the way some penalties are called. Lets put some common sense back into the NFL!

  19. The league is 1)forcing too many young officials into the system 2) rotating officials just like building a team, can only lead to more inconsistency. Godell has never been close to being an official so maybe the League should take into account on how veteran officials think it should be built. Put the game back in the hands of the officials. This game is getting farther and farther away from what happens between the lines its ruining the best game known to mankind.

  20. Viking fan. I’m frustrated with Goodell on many levels, the one that takes the cake is the fact that he delayed due process on AP so as to kill the whole season. Love AP or hate him, there is no reason to continue to punish the franchise that went out of its way to kiss up to Goodell and voluntarily “suspend” for half the season. Vikings and AP can’t even discuss the future until April 15 which threatens another season of uncertainty since no one knows if he will play or be cut. Keep biting the hand that feeds you roger….the owners.
    Remember….can’t spell Goodell with GOD

  21. 1. Give each team an additional 4 challenge flags per game that can be used to “correct” any officiating mistakes. Teams can use them to challenge missed or incorrect penalties. If the challenge is lost, the team loses one of their challenge flags AND one of their original TOs. This will ensure they are not overused.

    2. Have the officiating crews with the most successful challenges against them get retrained. If the problems persist, FIRE them.

    3. Scoring and change of possession plays are not the only plays that need special attention. Every play is important. Get rid of the reviews. Officiating crews should be made to do their jobs correctly for the entire game. If there is a mistake, teams can use one of their challenge flags.

    4. Get rid of the headsets for the officiating crew. IMO, they are being used someone outside the stadium radioing in for the official to throw a flag. It is the reason why we see flags thrown well after the play is over. They are telling the refs to throw their flags because of something they saw on their monitors. Many of the calls are wrong and end up being overturned.

    5. Get rid of the headsets #2. Why have the headsets if your officiating crew is going to huddle up anyway?

  22. Story should instead read “Officials addresses improvements to NFL Commissioner’s abysmal performance”

  23. Please explain full time officials to me. Is it they can’t work another job? What does that do?

    ***************
    Love to explain! Some of the part-time officials have very demanding jobs outside of officiating. Some of them are also older than dirt. If you hire full-time refs, you give them time to study the rule book, watch film, stay fit enough to keep up with the game, and focus on one job only. The NFL rule book is 200+ pages. If you’re a busy lawyer, how are you going to find time to read and understand the nuances of the current rules? If you’re exhausted from doing your “day” job, how are you going to be 100% on game day.

    Full-time, well-prepared refs would do a lot to improve the consistency of officiating. There are other issues for sure, but making this a “profession” instead of a side job would be a step in the right direction.

  24. There are two issues, in my opinion:

    1. The league keeps changing the rules. Now no one knows what is and isn’t a catch, what is and isn’t an illegal hit, why WRs and RBs can use illegal hands to the face at will, what illegal contact is, what a TD is, what a fumble is, or what anything else is.

    2. the officials are too old.

  25. I remember the days when the NFL Commissioner was someone you could respect. Rozelle and Tagliabue were intelligent gentlemen who understood that building consensus between owners and players was the key for success and that credibility was essential in making the league what it is today.

    Goodell is not intelligent or credible, does not understand nuance, is a divisive leader, is jeopardizing the integrity of the game, and most of all, couldn’t carry the lunch box of either of his predecessors.

    How long will ownership let record profits cloud their judgment before they realize that Goodell is slowly turning this league into a laughingstock?

  26. A peek into Roger Goodell’s daily to do list:

    1. Make sure NFL’s making more money
    2. Double-check the money
    3. Renew licensing & broadcasting deals
    4. “Quality check” (i.e. roll around in) the money
    5. I’m still getting $40M of this a year, right?
    6. Triple-check the money
    7. Has Robert Kraft returned my calls?
    8. Acting lessons to keep a straight face when saying fans want expanded playoffs, team in London, etc.
    9. Money money money
    10. Placate the stupid fans at a press conference (note to self: look concerned)

  27. And coaches should not be limited to three successful challenges. If he’s right on a challenge twice, he gets a third. If he’s right on the third, he’s SOL the next time the officials botch something. Don’t punish the team because the official is constantly wrong. Fire the official.

  28. Great Rodg let’s change the game even more. Can someone please remove this guy from his job!!!!

  29. Great Rodg why don’t you change the game even more. Can someone remove this egomaniac from his post!!

  30. wheresallthecommonsense,

    The difference is that the rules state that the ball, which may be handled by everyone and not just the QB, is to be pumped to a certain pressure. You’re not allowed to alter pieces of the game that are standardized by rule. The reason stickem was disallowed was because it was also altering the ball.

  31. Thumbs down if it benefits only the Patriots (think tuck rule)
    ———————————-
    The Tuck Rule was in place before the NE\OAK game. It was called that year in a regular season game. But don’t let facts get in the way of your hate.

  32. Day after day, alone on the hill
    The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
    But nobody wants to know him
    They can see that he’s just a fool
    And he never gives an answer

    But the fool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down
    And the eyes in his head
    See the world spinning around

    Well on the way, head in a cloud
    The man of a thousand voices talking perfectly loud
    But nobody ever hears him
    Or the sound he appears to make
    And he never seems to notice

    But the fool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down
    And the eyes in his head
    See the world spinning around

    And nobody seems to like him
    They can tell what he wants to do
    And he never shows his feelings

    But the fool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down
    And the eyes in his head
    See the world spinning around

    He never listens to them
    He knows that they’re the fools
    They don’t like him

    The fool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down
    And the eyes in his head
    See the world spinning around

  33. A couple of points from an ex official. The rule book is way too complicated and can be simplified. We didn’t have the “We must have every call be perfect mentality” until replay came into vogue. It causes unnecessary delay’s and takes away from the flow of the game. Yes, we do not want to make bad calls but let the players play the game. If the officals blow a call then that is like the bounce of the irregular shaped ball. It will average out during the course of a season. Spending an extraordinary amount of time viewing slow motion with frame stopage and still not agreeing on the call many times is hurting the game.

    Secondly having officiating teams during the regular season makes sense. Just like the teams that are playing the game the officials develop their own comradary and teamwork. Now we get to the playoffs and the official teams are broken up and we get a new team for every game. How does that make sense?

    Let the game be played as it was intended.

  34. vinzclorth0 says:
    Jan 31, 2015 9:00 AM
    Hahahahahahahahah. Consistency? You mean like–for the first time ever–testing footballs for air pressure at halftime of the AFC Championship game?

    Without understanding the Ideal Gas Law?

    And then leaking information to the press over the following two weeks to smear the winningest franchise in the game, in the lead up to the Super Bowl?

    They hate us cause they ain’t us.

    ———————————–
    First time ever testing?? Try, First time ever getting busted on it —– just because you drive over the speed limit everyday doesn’t mean there is no consistency in law enforcement when they finally catch you doing it

    Winningest franchise in the game??????

    NFL FACT CHECK…..

    Most Regular Season Wins: Chicago 730

    Most Postseason Wins: Dallas/Pittsburgh 33

    Think again and — Keep drinking that Koolaid

  35. Until they start placing the same kind of pressure that they do on officials to perform as they do the players nothing is going to change. In the NFL if you are constantly getting beat then you don’t stay long in the league, unless of course you’re an official then you are free to make the same bad calls every week that determine the outcome of games. Goodell needs to stop telling the officials what penalties to focus on, if you are there to officiate then every rule in the book is just as important as any other. I do get sick of players too that constantly try to convince the refs to throw a flag on every incomplete pass, players should be given one warning and then ejected from the game just like they do in baseball.

  36. “No offense to Big Bro Manning, but my team and I certainly intend to score more than eight (8) points in this Super Bowl. Hahaha! I mean, heck, I’ve got a chance to enter the Golden Circle with T.B. and Joe Montana, with a win here, in addition to getting a chance to negotiate an even bigger contract with Mr. Kraft. Always bet on red, white and blue, baby.” (Tom Brady)

  37. NFL officiating ineptitude power rankings

    5. Ed Hochuli
    4. Jerome Boger
    3. Bill Vinovich
    2. Any 2013 replacement ref
    1. Dean Blandino

  38. raidermike chooses to ignore the science behind deflated footballs…science is hard Mike but keep your focus firmly on the Tuck rule and how the Raiders got shafted…just continue to relive that game for the rest of your life.

  39. Firing Greedell will not make a difference without changing who employs the commissioner. Greedell is nothing more than the henchman for 32 owners that love him. Blame the owners, and blame all 32.

  40. Everyone is bashing the officials and I understand why but I haven’t seen too many people taking the league to task for contributing to poorly officiated games.

    1. The NFL being too cowardly to come up with a real solution to hard hits to the head instructed its officials to “err on the side of caution” when in doubt that any illegal hit to the head. This has resulted in drives extended and games won based on erroneous penalties based on the leagues directive. On top of all that the league didn’t have the foresight to make penalties challengeable if they were going to tell refs to basically disregard the right call if the refs were not sure if a hit was a penalty.

    2. The league’s rules committee has contributed to this also. The Dez Bryant non catch catch was the proper call based on a convuluted rule that made a catch a non catch. The refs caught flak for that but that really wasn’t their fault.

    The league will be wise to address their contribution to poorly officiated games at the same time they’re addressing the work if poor refs themselves.

  41. You want to make a statement to the league, start calling out the owners that support (and in fact love) Greedell. These are the guys responsible for what the league gets out of Greedell: a guy solely focused on money and NOTHING else. Blame it on the owners and blame it on all 32 starting with your local team.

  42. Here’s the reality… Ref controversies drive coverage between games.

    Coverage = Traffic
    Traffic = $$$

    This is lip service to something he really doesn’t care about

  43. Interrupting the flow of the game??? How about the 70 friggn commercials interrupting the flow of the game

    team scores, extra point, 10 minutes of commercials, kick off out of the end zone, another commercial break. HOWS THAT FOR FLOW OF THE GAME.

  44. I got an idea! Start by hiring younger, more physically fit, full-time Refs that have to rotate games/crew.

    Instead of the Goodell, Country Club, Good Ol’ (in this case actually Senior Citizen) Boy nonsense. We all know that almost every team has plays run around a pick or rub route at the field umpire who stands behind the Linebackers. They literally call these crossing route plays depending on what old fool is on the Ref Team that day. This is a fact.

    We have the technology to use Cameras for everything and it can be called by Committee in seconds so it doesnt slow the game. Heck, if we can drop bombs on Iraq from a small office cubicle in Arizona with XBox looking controllers, I am pretty sure we can catch a handful of jersey on a running play.

  45. “Goodell addresses improvements to officiating”.

    Dysfunction starts at the top, Goodell. It is no wonder the officials are doing an inconsistent job. And how about addressing the rules, which some are ridiculous – case in point is the Bryant play in GB.

    Most of the time the refs do a pretty solid job, but there have been too many games this season that illustrate poor judgements, poor calls, and incorrect interpretation of said rules, such as the Dez Bryant “non-catch”. There should be ZERO gray area for subjectivity and interpretation. Goodell addresses improvements to officiating. Even Mike Pereira (head of NFL officiating) misinterpreted and misstated the rule in the Dallas/GB game.

    Here is the actual rule:

    (a) secures control of the ball in his hands or arms prior to the ball touching the ground; and
    (b) touches the ground inbounds with both feet or with any part of his body other than his hands; and
    (c) maintains control of the ball long enough, after (a) and (b) have been fulfilled, to enable him to perform any act common to the game (i.e., maintaining control long enough to pitch it, pass it, advance with it, or avoid or ward off an opponent, etc.).
    It is not necessary that he commit such an act, provided that he maintains control of the ball long enough to do so.

    According to this, Bryant made the catch. Even with (c), which isn’t necessary that (c) even occur for it to be a catch. Both (a) and (b) were fulfilled by Dez, and if you are trying to argue about (c), it says “maintain control long enough”. WHAT THE HECK IS THAT about? “Long enough”? THIS is where interpretation comes into play. And when Bryant stretched to try and cross the goal line, he had already fulfilled (a) and (b) with catching the ball, securing it, taking 3 steps, and only AFTER that is when he stretched.

    Since it cost Dallas an opportunity to score (which may or may not have won it for them), this rule needs to be changed to take all interpretation of the refs out of it. And we all know that Calvin Johnson also caught the ball, but that game wasn’t a playoff game to advance to the NFC championship game.

  46. If you are going to allow a challenge to a penalty called then you have to allow challenges to penalties that were missed on the field by the officials too. It works both ways…

  47. NFL officiating ineptitude power rankings

    5. Ed Hochuli
    4. Jerome Boger
    3. Bill Vinovich
    2. Any 2013 replacement ref
    1. Dean Blandino
    =====
    Replacement refs are ranked way too high on this list. 3/4 of the regular, aged, inept officials are less competent than the replacement officials that were run out of town by the media.

  48. I would think accuracy should be the number one objective, Rog. You’ve already achieved consistency. Your league’s officials blow calls like it’s their job.

  49. sportsavant says:
    Jan 31, 2015 10:07 AM
    raidermike chooses to ignore the science behind deflated footballs…science is hard Mike but keep your focus firmly on the Tuck rule and how the Raiders got shafted…just continue to relive that game for the rest of your life.

    —————————

    Ignore the science? What possible explanation can cover 11 out of 12 balls deflated on one team’s side of the field and no change in pressure on all 12 balls on the other team’s side of the field under the same conditions?

    Patriots fans reaching for and trying to explain it all away with science are JUST SIMPLY HILARIOUS!…SIMPLY HILARIOUS!

  50. Every year he says the officiating will improve, and then the officiating gets worse.

    He likes to repeat himself even though what he repeats is nonsense.

  51. I think we should fire Good-hell and his duo of officiating nimwits – Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette. It would be so delicious and we could also fine them for grabbing themselves on the way out and force them to hold a press conference where we could fire them. And then we could deflate their balls.

  52. The NFL has to make everything so frickin’ difficult! This is 2015. The way replays are currently handled is embarrassing to human thought. Why can’t guys in a booth in NYC review every play instantly, and simply call the decision into the ref on the field?

    I guess that makes too much sense.

    Having the old man shuffle off to spend 90 seconds in a silly little booth is absurd. There is no need for it.

    Every single play should be quickly reviewed with instant replay in an office in NYC. There are at most 16 games in a given week, and maybe 8 going on at the same time on a busy Sunday. It wouldn’t take that much manpower and it wouldn’t be hard to do.

    Referees should be full-time, young and athletic.

    That’s how you fix it Rog. It’s not difficult.

  53. It’s not bad officiating … It’s called fixing games.

    Raider fans remember the Pats Raiders game … No not the tuck rule the phantom holding call on the Raiders game winning TD that never counted early in the season. This is just one of many examples that always goes the Pats way … Why?

    I would love to see an independent study and see exactly how many of the Pats wins over the last decade were helped by poor officiating. I know one thing for such over the years the Pats are always in the bottom half of the least penalized team. Yes I know this year they were second for the most penalties but over 50 of them came in 3 blow games which means nothing.

  54. “And we are discussing rotating members of the officiating crews during the season as a way to improve consistency….”

    Keeping the same crew intact all season and thru out the playoffs will improve consistency. Moving crew members around to different crews will not.

    If Goodell doesn’t believe this then just look at how NFL teams are run.

  55. Jan 31, 2015 9:06 AM – gobolts says: … 4. Get rid of the headsets for the officiating crew. IMO, they are being used someone outside the stadium radioing in for the official to throw a flag….

    I have often thought that if they aren’t doing this, they should, at least in playoff games. Have three-person panels, each watching for certain things. If all three offensive line judges see holding, tell ’em to throw a flag.

    You’d have to build a system and tweak it for a while, but you’d get a lot more consistency from having several people looking at multiple angles. It would be overkill for the regular season, but in the playoffs when every game is an elimination game, and there’s only one game at a time, you would only need one crew.

  56. raideralex99 says:
    Jan 31, 2015 12:06 PM
    It’s not bad officiating … It’s called fixing games.

    Raider fans remember the Pats Raiders game … No not the tuck rule the phantom holding call on the Raiders game winning TD that never counted early in the season. This is just one of many examples that always goes the Pats way … Why?

    I would love to see an independent study and see exactly how many of the Pats wins over the last decade were helped by poor officiating. I know one thing for such over the years the Pats are always in the bottom half of the least penalized team. Yes I know this year they were second for the most penalties but over 50 of them came in 3 blow games which means nothing.
    ………..
    1976. You may be too young for this, but raiders vs pats, playoffs. Phantom Roughing the passer call on 3rd down, extending drive in pats territory with less than a minut left in the game. Led to GW to and start of raider dynasty. Replays later showed he was literally not even touch, he ducked out of the way.

    The tuck was a stupid rule, but it was called correctly…in 1999 and 2000. Once against the pats when playing the Jets.

    These plays get more notoriety because of the ever growing popularity of NFL each year.

    As far as pats getting more calls for them, I have no idea, sounds like sour grapes. The pats have benefited from having one of the best QBs in the history of the game. When calls go against them, they either are good enough to overcome them or already winning. Unfortunately, the raiders just haven’t been good for 10 years so it’s easy to focus on the bad plays/calls. Maybe that will change with Carr at the helm, who knows.

    As a Pats fan our time is running out, but it’s been a great ride with BB and TB. What some young pats fans don’t remember is the decade plus of embarrassment that was the patriots. Football is cyclical, enjoy the ride.

  57. sportsavant says:
    Jan 31, 2015 10:07 AM
    raidermike chooses to ignore the science behind deflated footballs…science is hard Mike but keep your focus firmly on the Tuck rule and how the Raiders got shafted…just continue to relive that game for the rest of your life.
    ————————————————–

    PLEASE explain how “the science behind deflated footballs” only affected 11 of 12 Patriot footballs and -ZERO- Colts footballs ???? Only one reasonable answer —– “the science” wasn’t what affected the footballs — Tommy boy’s well paid jock toting fall-guy ballboy affected the 11 of 12 Patriot footballs — that’s the “science”. TB ordered the footballs “the way he likes them” and everyone knows it. Can’t wait until all of the video footage comes out showing this guy going into the bathroom with the bag of footballs in hand at precisely the same time BEFORE EVERY PATRIOT GAME — what say you then?? He coincidentally had to pee EVERY GAME at the SAME TIME when he was required to bring the balls to the field?

    What a joke the Patriot fans blind allegiance have made out of this. If TB had just not tried to cover it all up it would be over already.

    Get ready for another Seattle Slaughter — almost be like a repeat of last year SB.

    Seattle 34 NE 10

  58. “As a Pats fan our time is running out, but it’s been a great ride with BB and TB. What some young pats fans don’t remember is the decade plus of embarrassment that was the patriots. Football is cyclical, enjoy the ride.”

    LOL…
    “the decade plus” = 36 years.

    “young pats fans” = 90% of you.

  59. How will they be able to fix the games if the Refs aren’t ‘incompetent’? They need those Refs to be boobs, otherwise Vegas loses BILLIONS.

  60. @xxsweepthelegxx
    Wow … you had to go back 40 years to find a Raider’s call go their way or a Pats call go against them.?
    I agree with you the great teams can over come bad calls the majority of the time and yes every team gets them for and against.
    My statement had to do is why do so many calls go the Pats way. The laws of average says everything evens out but in the Pat’s case the scales are heavy tilted in their favor.

  61. Disruption to the game?!?!?!!! Crikey… they take a 4 minute break after every score, another 4 minutes after the ensuing kickoff. And if it was a TD there’s another 4 minute break after the point after. And in the final two minutes of each half every 30 second timeout has enough time for 4 or 5 thirty second commercials!! There’s lots of opportunity to reduce disruption to the game, commissioner, pay attention!!

  62. Ridiculous. Call every penalty on every down if necessary. So tired of this they won’t call every penalty approach to the game. Get after the cheaters. If teams are caught cheating at all once (Pats) fine them and take draft picks. The second offense and that team should be kicked out of the league (Pats). That said I hope the Pats beat the dirtiest PED team in the league in the Superbowl.
    All the NFL does is teach that cheaters prosper!

  63. PS, anyone thinking of DTV football package.
    As soon as the announcer says ‘Looks like someone may be down hur……………. They break for commercials and five minutes later, 25 commercials they come back to tell you so and so left the field aided.
    Kick off, caught. Commercials. Punt, caught, commercials.
    Often this year I had ten games and you could go down the line from one game to another and its was all commercials. Its like, isn’t anyone actually playing?

    No trust me there are 20% more commercials on DTV football games then on the other channels. You actualy get to hear commentary and strategy being discussed versus just play by play announcing.

    So think about your abiltity to handle all those commercials before forking over $240 minimum

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