Mike Tomlin concerned NFL isn’t fun to watch with so many penalties

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The Steelers’ win over the Buccaneers on Monday night was filled with penalties, with 13 fouls assessed against Pittsburgh and nine assessed against Tampa Bay. That has Steelers coach Mike Tomlin concerned.

Tomlin said today that his concern isn’t so much about penalties costing his team, as he felt the officials called the game fairly for both teams. Instead, Tomlin says, he’s worried that the NFL is going to be less popular with its fans if penalty calls are constantly interrupting the flow of the game.

“The penalties were a significant element of the game,” Tomlin said. “Penalties were called in a similar fashion on both sides and from that perspective it was fair. I don’t worry a lot about how the game is being officiated provided it’s being officiated in a similar way, and I thought it was from that perspective. But as somebody who appreciates the game and understands we’re in the sports entertainment business, it is worrisome from the fan perspective. I do worry about what it’s like to watch that game at home with penalties being administered at the rate that they were.”

Tomlin makes a good point: Fans don’t tune in hoping to see a lot of penalties from the officials. They tune in hoping to see great play from the players. And in the NFL this year, too often the penalties have overshadowed the game. In the long run, that threatens to erode the sport’s popularity.

141 responses to “Mike Tomlin concerned NFL isn’t fun to watch with so many penalties

  1. The penalties called Monday put the NFL at a low point. When you watch ALL the calls on a QB you sure come away confused. Was if the officials were holding the flag ready to throw at every snap to the QB’S on both teams

  2. Amen, I’ve drastically cut back on how much I watch the game. It’s not player protests that are the issue with me but rather asinine rules. Every year the league thinks they need to tweak it, add more, make existing rules more inclusive… has it ever occurred to them to just leave it alone?

    I do not enjoy the NFL near as much and I increasingly find college football more pure and more entertaining.

  3. I enjoy watching the refs huddling together.

    The best is when they call penalties that affect the point spread.

  4. I completely agree. The moronic rule changes, the increase of penalties and the insertion of leftist politics are all but ruining it for me. It’s more irritating than entertaining anymore and only seems to be getting worse.

  5. Look let’s be honest and if half probably more then that of the people weren’t doing fantasy football with money involved or betting on games. Nobody would watch. Written’s right football is left wing bunch of snowflake rules. Your 2 years from players wearing flags.

  6. Good news coach, the reason I didn’t watch is because I can’t wait for ESPN to go bankrupt and every news article about their latest round of firings fills me with the buoyant joy of Andy Dufresne rising up out of the sewer into the cold clean rain of a just and long overdue freedom.

  7. One of the most obvious penalties wasn’t called. 3rd and long, 2 and a half minutes left, the Steelers O-lineman literally tackled a pass rusher to the ground as Ben completed essentially the game-ending pass over the middle. So obvious…

  8. He’s just upset that his crappy defense can’t get away with all of the first hits anymore. They looked like fools last night and are darn lucky they escaped with a win.

  9. Get your crap together NFL. It’s disappointing when your team is flagged for a penalty they committed. It is a complete abomination when your team is flagged when they should not have been. We are seeing game changing, horrible calls. Be concerned about that!

  10. Tomlin’s finally right about something.. Yeah, a free 15 yards and a first down just because the ref “interpreted” a play a certain way isn’t right… That’s basically what a lot of these penalties are anymore, the ref’s interpretation of the vague, ridiculous rules.

  11. I’d like to know what percentage of long throws end up with a flag now. It feels like at least 1 out of four. And on every passing play receivers are looking around for one.

  12. I knew Tomlin would be right about something someday. He should be the head of the NFLPA, since he’s not an NFL HC.

  13. citizenstrange says:
    September 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    Isn’t Trip Tomlin on the Competition Committee? Even after he literally TRIPPED someone?

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    He never tripped anyone. He just got to close and when the returner saw Mike’s dreamy eyes he lost his balance and fell

  14. I’ve been saying it for awhile now. The NFL has been UNWATCHABLE garbage for years now! What’s a catch? Who knows? Tackling with extreme prejudice and not being a ‘obvious dirty cheap shot’? That’s a penalty! Sacking the QB or hitting the QB a millisecond after he released the ball? Penalty! Sneezing while even looking at the QB? That’s 15yards plus an ejection! On each and every play it’s penalty, penalty and more penalties. And the NFL’s television ratings continue to plummet. THIS is not how football was intended to be played. Here’s a idea. Dump the over complicated rule book that only lawyers can understand. Then fire the lawyers!!

  15. Every kick off return seems to have an illegal block in the back penalty. I see the replay and am just amazed at how stupid some of the players are. That’s not on the refs. Linemen hold on every play. They’re being coached to do that. DB’s grab a lot too. They’re being coached to do it. I’d tell Tomlin and all the other coaches to stop coaching your guys to commit penalties, and tell your special teams players that they’ll be cut for stupid fouls. I know it’s popular to blame the league for everything, but’s it’s not the league’s fault.

  16. Some of us long in the tooth will remember one of TV football’s first innovations….the Isolated Camera. Which we take for granted now with the upteen replay angles of every important play.

    Soon the networks will isolate the officials so we can watch the play and a flag being thrown/not thrown on every play. No wonder all those refs retired and many went into the booth after this year. They saw this coming.

    Isolated flag cameras will show flags with sponsor logos, one color and sponsor per official. That way we know where it’s coming from.

  17. Here’s one I can’t figure out… offensive holding. Seems like by the letter of the law it could be called on almost every play yet the refs seem to pick and choose when to call it.

  18. I really don’t like Mike Tomlin, but he is absolutely spot on here. It got to the point where, in the Eagles game, I was complaining about flags even if they BENEFITED my team. It’s like they are throwing a flag on anything that could even be questionably a penalty. It needs to be just the opposite. They shouldn’t be throwing flags for non-safety related fouls unless they are *sure* it was committed. The PI, holding, false start and roughing calls are absurd. Fix it.

  19. Currently, the NFL does not really care that the game is being ruined. They have their multi-billion dollar TV deals already signed up. Sure the networks have clauses for very small paybacks should ad revenue fall below a certain threshold, but it doesn’t make much of a dent in the overall TV revenue to NFL enjoys. They don’t care that the game is being watered down, far too many penalties are being called and games routinely take well over 3 hours to be completed.It’s to the point where I would gladly have ads being on the jersey and ads be along the field if it means we’d get less commercial breaks and games would speed up a bit. Oh and challenges still take WAY too long.

  20. Imagine how fun it would be if they stopped calling penalties and the fans whined about the refs missing calls all the time… oh wait, that’s what it used to be like before these issues. There is no win.

  21. I’ve said for a couple of years, the league does not have an anthem problem. It has an injury and penalty problem. Some games are unwatchable with the constant stoppage of action

  22. citizenstrange says:
    September 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Isn’t Trip Tomlin on the Competition Committee? Even after he literally TRIPPED someone? LOLZ
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    Tomlin never tripped anyone. Why people persist in repeating that nonsense is a mystery. He did have his dumb ass out on the field and impeded the running of a player, but no tripping occurred.

  23. Everybody wants to call this the Aaron Rodgers rule – which I guess that you can – but this is total overreach. What Barr did was border line legal – you dont write a rule to eliminate borderline legal with total idiocy in mind. The same as with the Carson Palmer rule – aka the low tackle – if a lineman takes a defensive player down to the ground – that player should be allowed to try and tackle the quarterback with his arms. When Palmer got hurt it was because the defensive guys were rolling and diving into the Qbacks legs below the knee. In Palmers case the guy actually dove on his knee with his shoulder.

    It is time for the old 7 drunks in the bar mentality to take over for the roughing the passer issue that they applied to the catch rule – FINALLY – only do it quicker before they totally screw up this season for some teams. They are making good referees – who throw most of the flags – look like morons and have to answer questions that make them look even worse.

  24. Look at the comments and votes in this thread. Support for fewer penalties is almost unanimous.

    I’d be happy if they found a way to cut down on penalties that had little to no impact on the play.

    We don’t need every kick/punt return to be called back because some guy on the far side of the field got blocked in the back guys…Maybe let some of that stuff go.

  25. Twenty Two Penalties and how many called that weren’t accepted or enforced? Sounds like Morelli’s crew. Paid by the number of flags thrown. This guy is a joke, just like the NFL is becoming.

  26. You don’t even have to complete a pass anymore to get a first down. Just drop back and throw it away right before you get hit. Maybe a slight roll on the ground for sales effect but you’ll be golden.

  27. A lot of the recent rule changes are about money. Keeping the franchise QB upright so the fans will still watch and limiting head injuries for the lawsuits. Money….

  28. Penalties as well as the bazillion commercials that are shown are disrupting the flow of the games. In the olden days these games used to be completed in a shorter period of time than they are now. And back then, the clock stopped every time a player ran out of bounds and didn’t restart until the ball was hiked during the next play.

  29. Solution…record the game and start it about 90 mins after the actual start time. This way you can FF thru all the BS and watch the full game in half the amount of time. I know, I know, I’m a genius

  30. I’m all for protecting the QB, but all these soft roughing the passer calls are ruining the game. You’re essentially rewarding teams for being terrible at blocking. If they’re going to be calling those ticky tacky penalties then they need to come up with two versions of the foul. Just like “Roughing the kicker” vs. “Running into the kicker”.

    Unintentional Roughing the Passer:
    5-yard penalty. Replay the down (Clay Matthews penalties)

    Personal Foul – Intentional Roughing the Passer:
    15-yard penalty. Automatic first down.

  31. Don’t agree that they were fair, they highly favored the Steelers.

    While the numbers may have been somewhat equal. When they were called on the Bucs, it was late in the downs. When the Steelers were called it was early downs. To pick up the flag on the final drive for what was being called all night (and was more egregious than most that were called) was heavy favoritism towards PIT.

  32. all 4 roughing calls were complete garbage……Davis and Tuitt made great form tackles….the 2 on tampa were flat out jokes as well…thank you Roger Goodell, you are going to save me a ton of money, next year will be the first year since 2002 i will not have the NFL Sunday Ticket, the product is awful…

  33. For,once he iss absolutely right. Watched a game on Sunday where a dB
    was called for a hold on a punt ….the wr who was making the tackle was
    never closer than 40 yards and the hold was one of those where the two
    players locked up arms for a seoond. You could argue that the tackling
    player grabbed the defensive player In order to throw him off.
    But either way it was for 2 seconds and the flag was thrown …..way
    too much calls ….every play you look to see if a flag is thrown.
    I saw a call on Zeke Elliot who step about a foot out of bounce …
    Don’t understand why you call it where he did not benefit or gain an
    advantage. Stupid call. If the payers gains an advantage I can see it …but
    where it doesn’t make a difference why call the chicken…..

  34. I can live with some of the calls ( or non calls), but this rash of roughing the passer calls is over the top. How the league expects a 300 Lb man, lunging or diving to tackle someone to be able to stop their momentum or change their course in making d air, is ridiculous!most of these guys aren’t too smart, they certainly can’t change the laws of physics !

  35. I agree with Tomlin. I think that’s why I couldn’t get into the Raiders. I tried to watch a couple of their games but there was a penalty on almost every play. I couldn’t take it. It’s like the refs study the rule book like a Final Exam or a mid term before a Raider game. I don’t know how Raiders fans do it.

  36. The roughing calls are ridiculous. That said, don’t jump offside, don’t interfere with the WR, don’t horse collar tackle, don’t lead with your head down, and don’t hold the defensive lineman. Probably 85% of the penalties called are warranted. It’s still the first quarter of the season, and it’s like this every year. By Week 6, the amount of penalties will go down because the overall play by the teams will be better. If, by that time, your team is still committing penalties at an alarming rate, then I suggest a mirror.

  37. The Steelers penalties I saw were 12 men in the huddle, DHB swearing at the ref, and multiple egregious holding calls.

    What exactly are the refs supposed to do? “Okay, we’re making this a CFL down, you can have 12 guys on the field.”

  38. Honestly, was’nt that the BEST hit we saw last night with McDonald STIFF-arming Conti and throwing him down like a rag doll? It was great…it was violent, it was Mean, it was brutal…JUST LIKE THE way football should be played & they way it was once played. It was great!! BTW…Next year they’ll put in rule saying you can’t do THAT anymore…

  39. 100%.
    I turned the game off in the 2nd quarter.
    First time ever for me. Never thought it would come to this.
    Not looking good for the NFL.

  40. FINALLY….someone behind the curtain (sort of) has admitted the blatantly obvious….the NFL is “sports entertainment”. Well done, Mike. You’ve peeled back the curtain to show us the league could care less who wins (as long as those attendance numbers in Washington, New York and L.A. start climbing) but will manipulate games in order to keep every team relevant as long as possible.

    Wake up sheep…this product is way more fiction than you realize. Move along from it.

  41. It’s completely affected my watching habits. I’ll still watch my favorite team, but I really don’t tune in for any other games like I used to.

  42. Mike Tomlin is right! It’s no where near as fun to watch as it used to be. The product has lessened in entertainment due to all the flags and rule changes. College football is a more fluid and fun game to watch than the No Fun League (NFL).

  43. This is what the fans have been screaming about and is reflected in decreased viewing ratings. Now, maybe if the Coaches start making their feelings known LONG and LOUD, the NFL might get a clue!
    There is no excuse for a game to take hours and hours..add in all the commercial breaks and it’s hardly worth sitting down for.
    THANK YOU MIKE TOMLIN!!!

  44. Who gives a damn about “fantasy” football. It’s just a fantasy, not reality. I hope they all lose their butts.

  45. Moondance says:
    September 25, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    I enjoy the 100+ commercials and the 11 minutes of football action
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    DVR the game and fast forward through the commercials and halftime show. Through in the fast forwarding through a few punts, extra points and penalty hand wringing and you’re under an hour for the whole event.

  46. The Sunday night game had exactly 1/4 the number of penalties as last nights game and was actually fun to watch. Last nights game was also 64 minutes longer with 36 more ad’s. That is what the NFL is looking for.

  47. Mike Tomlin is correct.

    It sucks.

    Big play downfield, but wait for it…….

    There it is, the flag.

    Bring it back, bring it back.

    And the game dies a little bit more, slowly yet surely.

  48. That’s what happens when you have an undisciplined team…Tomlin owes the Steelers 2 SB ..his ra ear crap..please all that talent…he should be gone

  49. oswizard says:
    September 25, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    Get your crap together NFL. It’s disappointing when your team is flagged for a penalty they committed. It is a complete abomination when your team is flagged when they should not have been. We are seeing game changing, horrible calls. Be concerned about that!

    33 1 Rate This

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    I see you, Rodger Goodell, thumbing down this comment!

  50. “Truthprofessor says:

    September 25, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    One of the most obvious penalties wasn’t called. 3rd and long, 2 and a half minutes left, the Steelers O-lineman literally tackled a pass rusher to the ground as Ben completed essentially the game-ending pass over the middle. So obvious”
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    Just as obvious as the hold Ryan Jensen had on Cam Heyward on the TD toss to Mike Evans, right?

  51. Mike Tomlin is bang on and it’s the biggest problem the league faces right now. It’s killing the flow of the game and wiping out big plays that are the hall mark of the league and why people watch in the first place. Every pro league is over officiated for that matter, but in football it’s even more pronounced because teams only get so many possessions to score and ticky tack penalties can wind up playing a big part in the outcome. The only time a flag should be thrown is for an egregious foul, one that is obvious to everyone and affects the play.

  52. Here I’ll make it easy for everybody. Tell the players don’t hold don’t lead with your helmet. basically avoid causing the penalties that the refs have to call and the game will be better. Everybody keeps blaming the officials for calling the penalties when its the players that are committing the fouls. Clay Matthews says you can’t call that penalty that late in the game, I didn’t know rules were enforced during certain times of games. This is why all sports are going down the tubes Fans are getting frustrated when a penalty isn’t called or when one is called. Again play by the rules

  53. mmack66 says:
    September 25, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Tomlin never tripped anyone. Why people persist in repeating that nonsense is a mystery. He did have his dumb ass out on the field and impeded the running of a player, but no tripping occurred.
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    You’re delusional. He was literally staring at the jumbotron to intentionally place himself in the path of the player. He attempted and failed to trip the player because Jones was able to dodge his foot. If Bill did the same thing he would be banned from the league and Pats wouldn’t have a first round pick until 2025. Rooneys paying Roger for the favors.

  54. A sack used to be a great play for your defense. It might determine the outcome at a critical point in the game. Now, if your team gets a sack, you hold your breath because it might extend a drive that causes you to lose. Stupid rule.

  55. Its not fun to watch with all the lame new rules that take the physical hits out of the game. Its been getting less fun to watch for years with all the defenseless receiver etc rules. Tell your QB not to lead you into a hit if you don’t want to be concussed.

  56. He’s absolutely right. At this point I only watch Steeler games which is a shame because I used to enjoy following other teams. I just can’t stomach the product anymore. Unfortunately I don’t see them changing course any time soon. It has been a slow decline but I think they’ve finally killed the game of football as we once knew it. I’m sure Roger Goodell is somewhere laughing and counting his millions.

  57. That last paragraph is right on, MDS. But the biggest problem is it has gotten so ridiculous that a good player like William Hayes hurts himself to avoid one of these stupid penalties! Players shouldn’t have to put their careers in jeopardy over a stinkin’ penalty!!! And, since the NFL (often appears to be rigged) and tends to place certain elite players in a “no penalty” zone and these so-called elite players can get away with what Big Ben (the flop) tried to get away with, that makes it even worse. Look, Rog, you’re just gonna have to start using your brains and make the game what it used to be–fun AND profitable. No more No Fun League, please!

  58. Tomlin is 100% correct. I am going to find something else to do this weekend than watch the NFL and I am a fan for 57 years. I think the present game sucks!

  59. Well, you’re not watching real football, you’re watching TV football. The NFL continues to mess with the rules to maximize profits and satisfy the networks in the form of more tv viewers leading to more valuable advertising. Ever notice the stands are usually half empty? Few fans can afford to go to games. Players making millions complain or hold out trying to “Get Paid” even more millions. Screw them…

  60. As a Packers fan, I took a lot of heat as did other Packers fans because we defended Clay Matthews and those horrible calls against him. I warned all you other fans that it’s going to happen to your team, too. Well — we saw more bullspit calls last night. It’s horrible.
    I never thought I would live to see the NFL turn into a pansi league — but that’s what it is now!! But it’s not the players fault — it’s the league administrators who’ve screwed it up.
    And where is Goodell while all this controversy is happening??? He’s hiding in his mansion counting his millions the stupid owners pay him!!

  61. As bad as they are, the ridiculous amount of commercials is what has driven me away.

    I am inches away from being permanently gone – commercials are the number one reason for me.

  62. Dateline 2025……. Hillary Clinton, the newly appointed Commissioner of the NFL announced today that the NFL has signed an agreement with X-Box which will effectively end the NFL as we know it. The agreement states that all current players will now square off each Sunday afternoon, Monday night, and Thursday night to play football games on X-Box live on national tv. They will play these games in their old teams’ stadiums so that fans can spend thousands to attend. ABC, NBC, and CNN will broadcast these games, which will eliminate any chance of injury to anyone. Fox tv has declined to show them, because they feel they have gone way too far in their efforts to stave off injuries to the players.
    Colin Kaepernick, President of the Players Association, says he is concerned about carpal tunnel syndrome as well as the players’ vision from staring at the large screens in the stadiums, but said his lawyers are already working on the law suits for those problems. Kaeprnick also says all players will not stand to play the games, but will be provided benches to sit on.
    Former Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was attacked verbally by Kaepernick as an example of the monsters who used to play in the old NFL. He called Matthews a brute and savage and said he helped kill off the old NFL with his animalistic tactics!
    Reached for his comments, Matthews said, “I’m just glad that the two QB’s I was called for illegal hits on were Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith”… “If they happened to be Cam Newton and Dak Prescott, they’d have hanged me!!”
    And that’s all the news for today.

  63. I’m not a Packers fan or a fan of Clay Matthews, but I saw those penalties called against him and the only thing I can say is “Come on….those were clean sacks, nothing dirty about them”.

  64. “One might assume competent ownership/administration would have already understood that. Obviously not.”

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    Well, they know. They certainly know. Anything we know, you can be sure the billionaire business mogul already has a team of market researchers who found it for him/her. They just have made the decision collectively that whatever the issue is, they can still make money despite it (or make more because of it).

    Whatever money they save on their concussion lawsuits by being to point out “Hey! Look at this rule! We did all we could, it’s not negligence on our part that got your client that concussion!” is worth it to them versus the amount they lose everyday by ticking off their fanbase. I guess, in some twisted roundabout way, it proves that they really do care about their players…even more than us fans.

    That last sentence was tongue in cheek, of course.

  65. Somewhere the late, great Deacon Jones is asking his guardian angel to let him come back to earth just long enough to tear up the NFL league office and tell them to put the game back where it used to be, or else!
    R.I.P. Deacon — you would hate to see this game they call pro football today.

  66. nhpats says:
    September 25, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    You’re delusional.
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    Whatever. You’re the last person to call anyone delusional. The bottom line is that Tomlin never “literally tripped” a player. A Jet’s coach, however, did literally trip a player.

  67. thenorseman817 says:
    September 25, 2018 at 6:26 pm
    Here I’ll make it easy for everybody. Tell the players don’t hold don’t lead with your helmet. basically avoid causing the penalties that the refs have to call and the game will be better. Everybody keeps blaming the officials for calling the penalties when its the players that are committing the fouls. Clay Matthews says you can’t call that penalty that late in the game, I didn’t know rules were enforced during certain times of games. This is why all sports are going down the tubes Fans are getting frustrated when a penalty isn’t called or when one is called. Again play by the rules

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    The above comments are from a Vikings fan, of course, and if anyone needs help trying to understand what he meant, I’ll try to help you.
    And Clay Matthews never said they can’t call that penalty “late in the game” because he said he thought what he did was perfectly legal. And so did about 99% of everyone else.

  68. I wish somebody had a copy of the rulebook in 1964, 1980, and today and put them side by side to see the over regulation of football. We need to be removing rules not adding rules

  69. He is correct. I haven’t watched a full game in over two years. Canceled my DirectV Sunday Ticket subscription and I don’t miss it. I have my Sunday’s back. I can catch the scores and highlights if they interest me. Eventually the NFL will either get the message or go belly up.

  70. Pre-Goodell — my team scores a touchdown, cheer wildly.
    With Goodell- my team scores a touchdown, look for flag, worry about replay review, wait, wait, wait, slight cheer.

  71. He is CORRECT ALL OF THESE ROUGHING THE PASSER CALLS ARE RIDICULOUS.
    can’t fall on a QB, ridiculous. NFL is a joke

  72. The penalties that drive me nuts are (in order)…

    Illegal block in the back (called on almost every punt or kick off return)

    Offensive holding ( could be called on every play but always seems to be called only after a successful offensive play)

    Hands to the face (see above, could be called on every play)

    Seems to me that the refs are as confused as us fans are as to what a penalty is

  73. Eagles v Colts was the worst, laundry every other play. Agree with the earlier comment, as and Eagles fan I was questioning call on the Colts…deplorable, when a win feels like a loss because all I saw were Zebras

  74. He’s right fans can’t trust their eyes .. each ref crew interprets each rule differently. You can see it in the highlights any given Sunday. It’s frustrating as a fan to see a great play, then scan the screen for 20 seconds after the play to look for late flags.. as a fan it sure seems like at the end of a Game things are called differently

  75. Hilarious when people say the game is soft! Your watching a different game than me. Here is an idea, don’t watch & stop posting your crap. “I have been a fan for 50 yrs & now do not watch” you must have been a real diehard! Go away!

  76. Ya I think the league might go belly up???? Are you kidding me, omg! Go away with your nonsense. I love it when people write how they have been fans for 50 years & now don’t watch. Here you go, you really were not the fan you thought you were. If you don’t like the play, don’t watch, very simple concept. Go enjoy the parody filled NBA.

  77. People love to be negative. Is everyone that miserable. If you don’t like the current NFL don’t watch it. If your that fan who is walking away after 50 yrs you really weren’t as big a fan as you thought. Go away!

  78. We are sliding down-hill … backwards! We can no longer clearly define a good catch or a proper tackle. Additionally, the game has gotten to the point we can’t appreciate a good play, until we give the refs a minute to figure out if there was a penalty.

  79. NYNEAL
    The above comments are from a Vikings fan, of course, and if anyone needs help trying to understand what he meant, I’ll try to help you.
    And Clay Matthews never said they can’t call that penalty “late in the game” because he said he thought what he did was perfectly legal. And so did about 99% of everyone else.

    Oh stop with the defending yor hero. Look up what he said.
    It’s not just him that says it all players say it. You really mean to tell me that you never heard that saying before? I used Clays comment because he just said that fresh off a late penalty call. Try responding to all of my comment not just your defense Clay.

  80. thenorseman817 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 5:51 am
    NYNEAL
    The above comments are from a Vikings fan, of course, and if anyone needs help trying to understand what he meant, I’ll try to help you.
    And Clay Matthews never said they can’t call that penalty “late in the game” because he said he thought what he did was perfectly legal. And so did about 99% of everyone else.

    Oh stop with the defending yor hero. Look up what he said.
    It’s not just him that says it all players say it. You really mean to tell me that you never heard that saying before? I used Clays comment because he just said that fresh off a late penalty call. Try responding to all of my comment not just your defense Clay.

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    Players — including QB’s — former players, coaches, former coaches, sports reporters, former officials, and fans who don’t hate the Packers or Clay Matthews have stated that those two calls against Matthews — as well as numerous calls against other players around the league — have been ridiculous and have hurt the game. So for you to infer Matthews needs to learn how to tackle is ridiculous. The problem is with the rule and its interpretation by these officials, not with Matthews. And the proof of that is there is a meeting scheduled this week to discuss that.
    I am a football fan and a Packers fan. I want what’s good for the game and every team so that the players on the field decide the outcome, not the officials.
    I blasted the Dez Bryant call which went in favor of the Packers. I blasted the officials in the Super Bowl between Seattle and the Steelers years ago because I thought the Seahawks (one of my least favorite teams, by the way) got the shaft big-time all game. I blasted the scab officials for that infamous call they made on Russell Wilson’s Hail Mary which the Packers clearly intercepted and they ruled a TD. I blasted the officials and the rule called the “tuck rule” which screwed the Raiders in favor of Tom Brady in the playoffs. I defended your Vikings on the play where Rodgers broke his collar bone last year.
    So — I am very consistent in defending the players against these stupid rules and calls which are ruining the game. It isn’t about Clay Matthews. It’s about doing what is right for the game and fans like us.

  81. torgow says:

    September 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Well they didn’t throw flags for the 2 big time holds that allowed Ben the scramble play to seal the game.
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    The Steelers get away with more holds than any other team in the league.

  82. Tomlin doesn’t like penalties?? Mike, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Without all those questionable calls, including the roughing the passer call with Floppersberger, you’d be all alone in the AFCN basement at 0-1-2. At least you have company down there.

  83. Can’t both teams play better? Guess Tomlin’s guys and the Bucs’s guys are not being coached well. Tomlin should maybe invest in better coaching practices, then he can only whine about his opponents slowing the game by not playing properly.

    Tomlin clearly is being out couched these days.

  84. And he is right….nowadays you watch a play and if there is no penalty its rare…..the officiating has taken over the game, not the actual play on the field….its unwatchable

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