Officials called helmet rule incorrectly 11 times through first two preseason weeks

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It’s unclear why the penalties for improper use of the helmet have dropped so much from Week Two to Week Three of the preseason. But they have.

Through Week One (including the Hall of Fame game), there were 24. In Week Two, the number bumped to 27. For Week Three, the fouls fells to nine.

One potential explanation for the drop: The non-change change to the rule, with an exception created for “inadvertent or incidental” contact and a new focus on bracing for contact versus initiating contact. Another potential explanation: The officials are doing a better job of spotting these fouls in real time.

Per a league source, 11 of the 51 fouls called through the first two weeks of the preseason were actually not fouls. It’s unclear whether and to what extent errors were made in Week Three, but it’s possible that officials who had been erring on the side of throwing the flag are now focusing more on getting it right.

10 responses to “Officials called helmet rule incorrectly 11 times through first two preseason weeks

  1. Only Roger Baddell, NFL officials, and Weathermen can screw their jobs up that much, and that often and not only keep their job, but get rewarded for it. Nice message that you are sending to the youth. Go ahead, mess up your job all the time and you will get a promotion. 🙄

  2. This just goes to show that no one had any idea how they actually wanted to apply this penalty. The officials had no idea and had to try to handle a sudden radical change to the game without knowing how much flexibility and grey area they would have.

    If anything I prefer that they went overboard in the preseason, creating outrage and forcing the league to change the language of the rule. As long as it tones down for the regular season who cares about preseason penalties.

  3. Only Roger Baddell, NFL officials, and Weathermen can screw their jobs up that much, and that often and not only keep their job, but get rewarded for it. Nice message that you are sending to the youth. Go ahead, mess up your job all the time and you will get a promotion. 🙄

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    Welcome to business as usual in America today.

  4. Only Roger Baddell, NFL officials, and Weathermen can screw their jobs up that much, and that often and not only keep their job, but get rewarded for it.
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    You must have an amazing weather reporter.

  5. On the plus side, these mistakes occurred during exhibition games, so no team’s win-loss record or playoff seeding was impacted. On the negative side, these kind of mistakes could very easily pop up during a key regular season game between divisional rivals or in a playoff game. It’s just another “open to interpretation” call that could impact the outcome of a game, to go along with holding, DPI, and RTP.

  6. Fire Goodell.
    This moron screwed up the flag mess, the helmet rule and you name it.
    Were this a real business and not a monopoly, he would have been fired so many times for so many stupid decisions.
    Hey and Jerry must like each other

  7. So 20% of their calls on a single rule were wrong?

    Goodell logic = “That’s ok we’re right 80% of the time!!!!”

    That’s called math in Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League

  8. I would have preferred the NFL added the ability to use replay on these calls…why not make sure the officials get it right?…15 yards can kill or extend a drive, and anyone who has ever watched football knows there will be a questionable call at a key moment in the game…replay would have been a perfect way to remove all doubt about these calls…I am not surprised they decided not to do the right thing though…

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