Saints’ Benjamin Watson calls out Roger Goodell

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One of the NFL’s most respected players is calling out the commissioner.

Saints tight end Benjamin Watson put a statement on Twitter today ripping Roger Goodell for his failure to address the missed pass interference penalty that went against the Saints late in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game.

“Commissioner Goodell,” Watson wrote on Twitter. “We all realize that football is an imperfect game, played, coached and officiated by imperfect people. What occurred last Sunday in New Orleans though was outside of that expected and accepted norm. Your continued silence on this matter is unbecoming of the position you hold, detrimental to the integrity of the game and disrespectful and dismissive to football fans everywhere. From the locker room to Park Ave., accountability is what makes our league great. Lead by example. We are waiting.”

Watson is one of the NFL’s most respected players, by his teammates and his opponents, by players and fans. In addition to his impressive accomplishments on the field during a 15-year career, he’s active off the field and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award last year. When he speaks, it speaks volumes. And he’s right: Goodell needs to speak up.

130 responses to “Saints’ Benjamin Watson calls out Roger Goodell

  1. The non-call is providing fantastic air-cover for Sean Payton, who can continue to avoid any and all accountability for some very important questions, such as:

    Sean Payton, how did the Rams limit Michael “Can’tGuardMike” Thomas to ONLY 4 CATCHES FOR 36 YARDS??
    Sean Payton, how did the Rams snuff out your rushing attack, allowing you ONLY 48 RUSHING YARDS TOTAL??
    Sean Payton, after your 13-0 lead, why did the Rams STOMP YOU 26-10 FOR THE REST OF THE GAME??

    The non-call lets Sean Payton, and everyone else, blame their loss on something other than their own lack of performance. And apparently Saints fans don’t even realize that they’re being duped away from asking these important questions. So Sean Payton will continue to get a huge free ticket as long as everyone in New Orleans remains righteously indignant, which by the look of all posts from Saints fans (“We’re so outraged!!!”), will be a long, long, long time.

  2. Maybe I’m in the minority…..but I’m not sure there needs to be some official announcement or statement. Sometimes calls are missed. It’s not the first time. It’s part of the game.

    Move on.

  3. I don’t consider Watson one of the NFL’s most well respected players, when it comes to speaking on this topic, and the fact that he was on the losing team. If anything, I’d say Watson will lose respect for speaking out against the commissioner. If you’re anti-commissioner/anti-NFL, then you already don’t like Goodell. Goodell runs the NFL for the owners. The owners want to make as much money as possible, and they have been under Goodell. The TV contracts are a huge part of all that. The super bowl is going to bring in huge TV revenue. Goodell isn’t a fool, and therefor isn’t going to say anything that would affect the TV audience prior to the game. After the super bowl, Goodell will have his people take a look at fixing the problem. I was rooting for the Saints.

  4. tinye67 says:
    January 24, 2019 at 6:13 pm
    Maybe I’m in the minority…..but I’m not sure there needs to be some official announcement or statement. Sometimes calls are missed. It’s not the first time. It’s part of the game.

    Move on.
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    This wasn’t just a call that was missed. There was a referee standing right there looking at it. When you have an inexplicable non-call on something that was completely obvious, at a critical point in a conference championship game, someone needs to say something. A simple “We fired that guy” would be a good start.

  5. mrcmos- he missed the game with appendicitis. Then the Rams knocked out the next tight end with a headshot, uncalled. We know about missed calls.

  6. You would think that this is the 1st bad call in history.
    You need to get over it, sure it was a bad call…but you had the ball in OT and Brees threw a bad pick.
    I’ve been hearing for years how Brees & Peyton are one of the best tandems in NFL history, they’ve been together for a long time and have one championship. Who’s to blame for all the other years that had a sad ending?

  7. Terrible no call no question.

    Officiating needs to improve and be better, no question. But the saints lost for a lot of reasons, not least was because of a number of horrible decisions by Payton and mediocre to bad QB by Brees.

    Saints fans and the Saints organization want to create enough noise so they can avoid the fact that the Saints won the coin toss in Overtime. Payton made stupid play calls. Brees made 2 really bad passes, one of them a noodle arm duck that was intercepted.

    Bad calls and bad no calls happen to every team in every game. Bad officiating can affect the outcome of a game but not one bad call.

    Saints fans don’t want to face the fact why the saint really lost and why they are unlikely to make it back into this position anytime soon in the future. What was brees’s TD to Int record the last half of the season?

  8. The Saints were in shock after that no-call and it carried over for the remainder of the game. It absolutely changed the outcome.

  9. awl1998 says:
    January 24, 2019 at 6:26 pm
    mrcmos- he missed the game with appendicitis. Then the Rams knocked out the next tight end with a headshot, uncalled. We know about missed calls
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    If we find out McVay paid off the ref I hope he gets suspended for a year even though the Super Bowl win won’t get taken away from the Rams!!!!!!!

  10. Goodel’s Reply:

    Dear Mr. Watson,
    I am fully aware of the situation as I was present during the Game. I want you to know that the moment Julien Edelman touched the football and the Call was reversed I was shocked and immediately moved into action for the sake of the Game. I implemented the latest NFL technology and used my GLP (Green Laser Pointer) to ‘point out’ this ongoing ‘problem’ to the on-field Refs.
    We here at the NY/NFL Office are in open discussions with the SuperBowl Committee to make sure that the highest level of officiating be in order for your SBLIII.

    Best wishes to you & your family,
    Rodger Dodger Goodel

  11. Pork-Chop Express says:
    January 24, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Goodell works FOR the owners, he makes them a ton of money, he’s not going anywhere

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    No, he doesn’t. Ratings dropping, loss of momentum due to his cheating heading into the new CBA.

    Goodell did not invent gambling or fantasy football either.

    Long time, smart fans know what he’s been up to for years to try to get back to parity and to promote the game into other untapped markets, at least in their minds.

    They wanted an LA/Chiefs SB, and only one game went his way.

    No way 2 “All Star” refs can both miss such an egregious call in a title game like that. No way.

    That means what? CHeating.

    Those refs were told to look away on PI calls to help LA.

  12. Very well stated. Beyond the score of the game, and beyond the fact that there are bad/missed calls in every game. This missed call was the most obvious one ever, and I think EVERYONE agrees with that. Thank you Michael David Smith for reporting this.

  13. curmudgeon13 says:
    January 24, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    The Rams will win the Super Bowl as well. It was all part of the Kroenke move to LA/stadium deal…..,

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    Goodell will try, but that doesn’t mean it will work. It worked last year for Philly, no doubt.

    14 free points on blatantly missed calls on replay.

  14. The non PI call was significant however there were other missed calls both ways. The one that amazes me was the missed helmet-to-helmet hit. Supposedly, the league was watching this type of hit all year and now all of a sudden they don’t call it? These “we have a rule but we don’t call it in important situations” is what will get you in trouble and into court fast. The LAST thing the league should want is to have a government body looking into your business. Because of the socialist feelings in Congress now, they would like nothing better than to “take over” a monopoly and call it their own.

  15. How much does the NFL LOVE this! Almost a week out and the game STILL in the spotlight. $$$$. Couldn’t ask for more

  16. Goodell does NOT need to speak up. In fact, him saying anything about it would be a mistake. They may want to take a look at that guy who is the head official though. This year was like the worst, ya know? Some changes needed. But hey, it will be all good once wagering is up and running in most states, will be no more funny business with them there officials no more, uh uh.

  17. As a long time raider fan (I was 11 at the ’67 championship game where we stomped the oilers before GB humbled us in SB 2), does the Tuck Rule call come to mind ?? This isn’t the first blown call by bad refs, I thought the Seahawks got some bad deals in that game with Dallas in the first round of the playoffs. However, the evidence is clear to anyone that’s watched a lot of NFL games, that was one of the most blatant acts of missing a call ever. The receiver was smacked way before the ball got there, it just wasn’t close. The defender was not playing the ball but the man, that ref should not be allowed anywhere near a NFL stadium again. If the mob got to a BB ref, what’s to say something like that isn’t here…

  18. Doesn’t everyone realize how horrible the fix to these problems handed down by the league will be. I can’t think of one rule by this administration that has been for the betterment of the league or the game. Better to let Rodger not say anything. Watson’s poking at a hornets nest that doesn’t produce honey.

  19. Is Watson surprised? Goodell reached Vince McMahon status a long time ago. He’s a well established joke and he really doesn’t care. Apparently NFL owners don’t care about fan perception either, because they gave Goodell that massive extension.

  20. Saints fans….. stop it. All plays are critical plays of a game and the Rams had quite a few no calls that should have been called on the Saints but they weren’t. Just because this no call happened at the end of a game does not make the other non calls less significant. T

  21. So many issues with the NFL I’m thinking will have a lock out when the new CBA will be negotiated

  22. GREAT TWEET BY BEN , THIS GUY SHOULD BE REPLACE GOODELL BECAUSE OF HIS INTEGRITY IN THE FIELD AND OUT, AND THE RESPECT THAN EVERYBODY FELT FOR HIM

  23. Perhaps the New Orleans football team should put snowflakes on their helmets instead of their current design. I’ve never heard of a bigger bunch of whiners – blame one bad call on losing the game as if we are to dismiss their relative incompetence for the other 59 plus minutes.

    If you have to blame one bad call, you have not done your job.

  24. It is time for the NFL to push back and defend the call; it was a bang bang play, with the ball essentially arriving at the same time as the defender. Look at the side– or parallel angle– rather than from behind!

    The broadcast angle from behind the play made is what makes this call look egregious; in real time, after the incompletion I quickly looked for the yellow bar to appear on my TV to indicate a flag had been thrown, but I was not “shocked” or “stunned” at not seeing one.

    Officials should in fact be very judicious with their whistles in the 4th quarter of a Championship game and let the players decide it; let them play-

  25. Saints got robbed. Make the obvious call and the saints are in Atlanta along with scores of fans. Rams don’t have fans…never have. This super bowl is ilegitimate. Even if the Rams had really won the game, the super bowl is at best a dud.

  26. No, they don’t expect the results to be reversed. They expect the commissioner to say something about it.

  27. Beautiful statement. Watson didn’t rant about cheating. He acknowledged that it’s a game played, coached, and officiated by imperfect people. But he’s right. This play–like so many others–was egregious and happened in full view of an official who, supposedly, has been well-trained in the rules. Goodell has a history of claiming the refs got it right when they clearly got it wrong, and of ignoring the outcries of fans he continually claims are his first priority. He says his concern is “the integrity of the shield” but never acknowledges that the shield has no integrity if we can’t trust the product on the field. No rational fan thinks he can turn back the clock and fix this bad call. But the league can make significant changes to replay going forward. And we’d like some assurance that Goodell plans to spearhead that effort.

  28. I was neutral on the NFC championshp but the non calls on multiple Ram PI plays was atrocious. I’m not watching the Super Bowl this year.

  29. Funny thing about all this “they wanted the Rams in the Super Bowl” nonsense is that when it was 13-0 Saints, and the Rams had four penalties and the Saints had a whopping zero penalties, a lot of you same jokers were saying “see, they wanna make sure they get that Brees/Brady match-up in the Super Bowl”

  30. I’m a Saints fan, but come on guys, what’s fair is fair. A few years ago our team worked the Vikings over by paying each other to injure their key players. The refs missed many calls in that game too, and we still proudly strut around calling ourselves Super Bowl champions. As a Saints fan, I’m willing to recognize that I have no right to complain about poor officiating.

  31. What’s Roger gonna say? A Pass Interferene non call with the official looking right at the flagrant foul is indefensible. Everybody knows the Saints were robbed even the Rams DB that committed the foul.

  32. Don’t talk about overtime. If you do I’ll tell you fowlers hit on Drew that caused the int was personal foul, hands to face, 15 yards automatic first down…go look.

    But, if the no call was called, we don’t get to overtime.

  33. Good for him. The commish will continue to ignore until it blows over. Goodell is much more interested in covering up domestic abusers than righting any wrongs.
    This guy needs to go.
    #DumpGoodell

  34. So the refs missed a call and the players want what … Roger to them fired?
    It would be nice if the refs called out a player for dropping a ball or missing a kick or fumbling the ball so the owners could fired them right?

  35. Let’s just make Ben Watson the commissioner as that would be a win-win for everyone. He showed more leadership and integrity in that one statement than Goodell has shown in his entire career.

  36. Call the facemask…then call the no call. Everyone is happy…refs didn’t do either and now we’ve got a joke of a Superbowl.

  37. That single play did not cause the Saints to lose. It was not a Touch Down, or any go ahead points being put on or taken off the board. They simply got shafted on a call that would have given field position and downs.

    If it resulted in points being taken off that would be one thing.

  38. I was told by many fans that OT rules needed to change because the Chiefs didn’t have a chance when Brady got the ball. How come the MVP and first ballot HOF in New Orleans got the ball first and lost, didn’t even get a field goal. They had their chance. Move on.

  39. I love all this crying and whining from Saints fans. where was the outrage when 2 bad PI calls gifted your team a win against the Steelers.

    Fact is, if you are depending on one thing to win you a game then you already lost. Saints had many chances of winning this game and they lost it. Blaming a game when you went to Over time on one instances is idiotic. No matter the game, there will be calls that go your way and call that don’t go your way. Stop crying about it and move on already. Also, if the commissioner didn’t talk about PI calls or non PI calls all season, then why does he need to talk about them now?

  40. i love ben watson. great guy. i do think though that this needs to be let go of. yelling louder and typing in caps and writing letters wont change the result or the officiating. also, the only ones truly ripped off are the players who lose that money when they adcvance to the super bowl. i dont feel bad for saints fans, theyve always been a whiny bunch to begin with. besides, i dont know anybody outside of saints fans that wanted to spend two weeks listening to sean payton’s arrogant know it all attitude.

  41. Goodell knows that anything he says will be used in the various lawsuits filed. I guess he can’t find the words that won’t be used against him. His silence can also be used against him too.

  42. I love all the tough guys telling the Saints and their fans to get over and that it’s just like any other blown call. That’s total BS and everybody saying different is lying. This call was egregious and obvious. There was not uncertainty and EVERY single person knows it. Was there a missed facemask against Goff – yes, just like there was a missed roughing call on the Rams against Brees or a blow to the head on the interception. The difference is that this call wasn’t questionable, it wasn’t bang/bang as people claim. Did this call lose the game for the Saints? Put it this way, if that call is made the Saints are kicking no more than a 22 yard field goal with 15 seconds on the clock and the Rams are left with no timeouts. END OF GAME

  43. I HATE the argument that, well, the Saints should have won the game in overtime. Suppose your team kicks the game-winning field goal in the conference championship game as time runs out, right down the middle. But somehow the officials standing under the goalpost call it no good. Would your take be — well, we still have a chance to win the game in overtime? Or would you be furious that the officials blew it and my team should be in the Super Bowl. If you think the latter, you now know how Saints fans feel.

  44. With broad-based legalized gambling on the immediate horizon – the NFL best to do something to fix this – otherwise all hell will break loose – especially with part-timer refs…

  45. Roger Goodell should post the facemask on Goff that was painfully obvious live that would have lead to the Rams getting a 1st and goal on the 2 instead of kicking a field goal.

  46. I can’t disagree. Penalties are part of the game. So are phantom ones (thinking about a PRT for blowing on a QB that extended a drive and resulted in points on a long 3rd down, but I digress). But that non-call was positively egregious. And the League Office needs to address it, should have addressed it by now. I am not calling for a do-over (that will solve nothing) but it is weak and classless to not say anything.

  47. Always fun to see Steelers fans on this topic, given that Leahys crew gifted them an actual Super Bowl over Seattle which Leahy, having been let go, now admits keeps him up at night. The better analogy would be if a NO player leveraged the pile to block the tying field goal and got away with it. Think Rams would be saying how many chances they missed? Please. Btw when you knock a starting player out with an uncalled helmet shot, give us a break on a facemask tug. Did that knock Goff out of the game?

  48. It’s all acting. The league had to make sure Brady gets to beat the Rams in his last season. We all know neither of these teams actually earned their way in, it’s just good optics.

  49. Well written statement but remember Goodell doesn’t work the players or the fans. He works for the owners. I’m sure they would be none too pleased if before their biggest event he admitted they screwed up big time and one of the two teams there is in largely due to a bad ref call. When it comes to your job, most people will bite their tongue rather than the hand that feeds them.

  50. When a player writes such a righteous letter on behalf of a team not his own, then we should listen. And funny how Ms. Benson, till now, has spent decades NOT waging a serious campaign for all the other teams that got screwed by bad calls.

  51. The difference is that this call wasn’t questionable, it wasn’t bang/bang as people claim. Did this call lose the game for the Saints? Put it this way, if that call is made the Saints are kicking no more than a 22 yard field goal with 15 seconds on the clock and the Rams are left with no timeouts. END OF GAME

    Which is it, 15 seconds left or END OF GAME? Three words–Music City Miracle. You just don’t know. You don’t know.

  52. It was interesting to hear Mike Pereira speak about the missed call. Mike points out that given the two referees training and position on that play, there is no reasonable explanation for why a call wasn’t made. The NFL is desperate to find out what happened. But something obviously is very very wrong.

  53. boisestatewhodat says:

    January 24, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    How about juju hang onto the ball.
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    Can you explain for me why your so upset up until last Sunday you were telling fans of every other team to get over it. Suddenly the world coming to an end since the Saints got a bad call. Deal with it the rest of us have to.

  54. Great comments from Watson, but why should anyone be surprised? Goodell is the most phony Commissioner in sports. Every time I see his Snidely Whiplash face, I get angry.

    It’s the owners’ fault that this spineless phony is in charge, so let’s put the blame squarely where it belongs — on them. Because they pay him 40 million dollars per year to line their pockets with money and stick it to the fans. And that’s exactly what he does.

    I defy anyone to tell me the NFL is a better product since he took over. They play games in other countries now, thousands of long time fans lost their season tickets because they couldn’t afford seat licenses, more players than ever get suspended or are in trouble with the law and the discipline for them is inconsistent, the rules are beyond stupid, the officiating is terrible, and players are allowed to disgrace our National Anthem and our flag.

    Goodell is a buffoon, but the owners are worse because they sit back and count their money and don’t do anything about him. And now we have one team heading to the Super Bowl which should not be going due to one of the worst non-calls ever, and the Commissioner is hiding as if he’s Hillary after the election. . It makes this Super Bowl an Asterisk Bowl, as far as I am concerned.

  55. computojon says:
    January 24, 2019 at 6:10 pm
    The non-call is providing fantastic air-cover for Sean Payton, who can continue to avoid any and all accountability for some very important questions, such as:

    Sean Payton, how did the Rams limit Michael “Can’tGuardMike” Thomas to ONLY 4 CATCHES FOR 36 YARDS??
    Sean Payton, how did the Rams snuff out your rushing attack, allowing you ONLY 48 RUSHING YARDS TOTAL??
    Sean Payton, after your 13-0 lead, why did the Rams STOMP YOU 26-10 FOR THE REST OF THE GAME??

    The non-call lets Sean Payton, and everyone else, blame their loss on something other than their own lack of performance. And apparently Saints fans don’t even realize that they’re being duped away from asking these important questions. So Sean Payton will continue to get a huge free ticket as long as everyone in New Orleans remains righteously indignant, which by the look of all posts from Saints fans (“We’re so outraged!!!”), will be a long, long, long time.
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    Wrong. Saints didn’t step up when needed. Full stop. But that PI non-call still should have been made. Both are true.

  56. tylawspick6 says:
    January 24, 2019 at 11:15 pm
    It’s all acting. The league had to make sure Brady gets to beat the Rams in his last season. We all know neither of these teams actually earned their way in, it’s just good optics.
    _____________________________________

    Good optics would have been Goff vs Mahomes billed as the “Next Generation” or some such hype. That’s what the NFL wanted, and almost got, until TB12 did it……. AGAIN.

  57. Atlantic City refunded bets…how must that make the Rams feel? Sucks all the way around. This is an enormous issue and it’s not going away.

  58. charliecharger says:
    January 24, 2019 at 6:25 pm
    I don’t consider Watson one of the NFL’s most well respected players, when it comes to speaking on this topic, and the fact that he was on the losing team. If anything, I’d say Watson will lose respect for speaking out against the commissioner. If you’re anti-commissioner/anti-NFL, then you already don’t like Goodell. Goodell runs the NFL for the owners. The owners want to make as much money as possible, and they have been under Goodell. The TV contracts are a huge part of all that. The super bowl is going to bring in huge TV revenue. Goodell isn’t a fool, and therefor isn’t going to say anything that would affect the TV audience prior to the game. After the super bowl, Goodell will have his people take a look at fixing the problem. I was rooting for the Saints.
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    I’m firmly anti-Goodell and I won’t hide from that. That said, please explain how the owners have any influence over the referees? That is 100% under the purview of Mr. ding-a-ling. The same clunk head who will be addressing the state of the NFL in about a week. A perfect opportunity to address the situation. I predict (yet) another perfect missed opportunity as well. This is the same clunk head who refuses to force the incompetent committees from putting in the hard work and seeing what can be done about the discrepancy between what the refs see and what the fans see. This isn’t a new or unique problem. The fact it is still a problem most certainly doesn’t fall at the feet of the owners

  59. People continue to conflate the missed call with the outcome of the game. Remove the outcome and the missed call is still there. The uproar is more about that than anything else. Every year, week after week it’s the same issue. Fans continue to delude themselves into thinking they are powerless to do anything about it so they continue to consume this crappy product.

  60. Face it, this NFL isn’t like the old NFL.

    They’ve decided that outcomes need to be massaged, similar to the NBA.

    LA is a bigger mkt than NO and everyone either loves or hates the Pats (which is why they get helped every year)…

    Hoped result better ratings and bigger money.

    You have to dominate or be victims to central planning.

  61. Really what do you expect Goodell to say?
    The team that I orchestrated to move back to LA after Georgia Frontiere died in 2008, with the help of my friend Stan Kroenke.
    The team who was getting no support in LA after the move.
    This team that needed something big to happen to get the fans of LA to support them instead of the visiting team.
    The team that was starting to make me look foolish for orchestrating this move.
    This team that will now get the recognition and support from the fans making me look like a genius.
    This team that made the Super Bowl on the worst call in the history of football by a referee who works for the NFL which I happen to be in charge of.

    Okay here it goes.
    “I think it was a bang bang play that could of went either way. But when slowed down it appears that maybe it may have been called incorrectly but we are not sure. But the league & rules committee will continue to look into ways to improve the greatest sport in the world. How bout them RAMS!”

    Sincerely
    Roger Goodell

  62. Yes it was a horrible non-call. Yes, Goodell is a coward. For a PR man he is terrible at PR. That said, the only thing he can say, which probably won’t help Saints fans feel any better, is what we already know; It was a bad non-call, maybe one of the worst. But the Saints had plenty of opportunity to close out and win the game. The Rams got very lucky on the non-call but still had to drive the field late in the game for a tying field goal, force a turnover, then get in position to make another field goal. And they did that.

  63. @ Pork-Chop Express says:

    “Goodell works FOR the owners, he makes them a ton of money, he’s not going anywhere.’

    Jerry Jones would beg to differ.

  64. People forget the missed facemask on Golf the drive before that screwed the Rams out of 4 points. Sports fans lack brain power to look at things holistically I swear!

  65. I always shake my head at these teams that pass when they should run. Atlanta in the Super Bowl, Seattle in the Super Bowl, New Orleans now… it’s unforgivably dumb. Just run the danged ball and you all would have won the games.

  66. I get they don’t want to mke a statement, but shouldn’t there at least be a fine for the helmet to helmet hit? Or since they won’t acknowledge the play, he get a free shot to to crack another player in the head?

  67. That was the classiest and most respectable approach I’ve seen directed at Goodell and his message goes beyond this specific game/call issue. Perfectly worded.

    The Players and League need to hold Goodell accountable for anything that occurs on his watch. If there is a lack of cohesive policy/strategy from him or the NFL office then the question should arise if he is the right person for the job.

  68. ringurbell says:
    January 25, 2019 at 9:24 am
    Would Watson have opened his mouth if the situation was reversed ?
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    Would Watson have crowed about the missed facemasking penalty had they won?

  69. granadafan says:
    January 25, 2019 at 11:16 am
    ringurbell says:
    January 25, 2019 at 9:24 am
    Would Watson have opened his mouth if the situation was reversed ?
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    Would Watson have crowed about the missed facemasking penalty had they won?

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    I have to say that face mask would have been a ticky-tack call because the player’s hand kind of incidentally hit the face mask and let go immediately. Never grabbed. However, Goff’s head turned slightly, so it could have been called. It would have been legitimate and probably would have put the Rams up 24-20.

    In a funny way it might have helped the Saints as they would have had to be focused on getting a TD.

  70. Okay, Saints point made and taken. You got jobbed by horrible officiating. You are not alone. However, quite overlooking your own performance when you want to cry that officiating should be perfect. For example, how about two redzone trips in the first quarter that netted 6 points instead of 10 or 14 due to lack of execution and bad play calling. How big would those points look at the end? Cannot blame the officials for that. How about failing to stop the Rams after you took the lead? Not the officials’ fault. How about lousy pass protection in OT that led to a pick? Not the officials’ fault. How about the missed facemask on the Rams? You don’t seem to be upset by benefiting from bad officiating and had no problem when a phantom pi call in the Steelers game helped give the Saints a win and get home field while also giving Pittsburg a loss which kept Pittsburgh out of the playoffs. So, be mad, I don’t blame you but don’t let it overlook the fact that the Saints did not play anything close to championship football and I think the team, Sean Payton and Brees are getting passes for an at best mediocre performance while expecting the officials to be perfect. Also, playing the integrity card is garbage and used only by the losers but you never see the team benefiting from a bad or missed call (just like the Saints have) say the league should fix that. GET OVER IT.

  71. torgow says:
    January 25, 2019 at 10:36 am
    I always shake my head at these teams that pass when they should run. Atlanta in the Super Bowl, Seattle in the Super Bowl, New Orleans now… it’s unforgivably dumb. Just run the danged ball and you all would have won the games.

    And if they had run we’d be reading about what a stupid call that was since Brees is, ya know, MVP HOF type of guy. If that had been Mahommes do you think people would be looking for a run? Stop truing to explain Butler’s interception by insisting they should have run. It was an amazing individual play and BTW, that pass was very nearly caught for a TD. Had the receiver been more aware he may have come up with the ball.

    It’s called hindsight coaching. You’re always right!

  72. There are two factors that make the issue at hand more inflammatory. The first is the time in the game where it happened. If that had happened earlier in the game, it would still be controversial, but would not be evoking the response that it is. The second is that while there are many missed calls or calls that rely on the judgment of an official, this one was very obvious. It was isolated, with clear sight lines and therefore “seeable” by virtually everyone in the stadium or at home and was seemingly viewed by at least two officials who were in proximity. Observers feel that either one or two possible calls should have been made (pass interference or helmet to helmet hit) and that there should have been no question about it.

  73. Watson (as usual) is 100% correct on his assessment here.

    Goodell gets paid $30-$40 MILLION Dollars per year to be the Commissioner.

    That means that he had better do everything under the sun to ensure that games are 100% on the level and officiated correctly.

    The SAINTS were flat out robbed here. Highway robbery. They should have won that game.

    And this is unfair to the Rams too, because their NFC Championship win is tainted and it isn’t their fault.

    Being the Commissioner means you are supposed to be a leader. Being a leader means that you take accountability and answer the hard questions, and more importantly fix issues.

    He doesn’t do any of those things.

    The NFL will not be King forever. The product is a shadow of what it once was.

  74. “Integrity of the game” only sounds good to Goodell if it is told with Goodell’s voice.

    I bet Goodell will fine Watson and/or the Saints for this tweet because it goes against the integrity of the game.

  75. Sean Payton, after your 13-0 lead, why did the Rams STOMP YOU 26-10 FOR THE REST OF THE GAME??
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    Rams were getting away with a lot of fouls that weren’t called all game long. Rams constantly held Cam Jordan and nothing. 3 refs with ties to Los Angeles, 2 that live in L.A. Rigged

  76. Goodell should have the backbone to crawl out from hiding underneath his desk, come out of his locked executive office suite, and publicly face this bad officiating. In other words, Watson is 100% correct – show some “LEADERSHIP” like a true president, commissioner, and leader should. Whatever happened to “defending the NFL shield”?

  77. There’s no question the refs missed a PI call in the NFCC. No question. Mike Florio & Benjamin Watson cited a section of the NFL rulebook that seems to give the Commission power to overturn the results or enforce the PI penalty & “re-finish” the game. However, on the David Glenn radio show today (ESPN WMFD 101.7 FM in Wilmington NC), David referenced this very interesting section of the NFL rulebook:

    “…The Commissioner will not apply authority in cases of complaints by clubs concerning judgmental errors or routine errors of omission by game officials. Games involving such complaints will continue to stand as completed.”

    Reference: Rule 17, section 2, article 2. Hmmm.

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