Sean Payton hopes NFL stops using “all-star” officiating crews in playoffs

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Saints head coach Sean Payton is continuing to bang the drum for improving officiating, and he has an idea that goes beyond expanding instant replay.

Payton wants the league to stop using “all-star” officiating crews in the postseason and instead use the same crews who worked together for 16 games during the regular season. Payton says that when his team was on the wrong end of a missed pass interference call in the NFC Championship Game, the two closest officials, who had never worked together before, failed to communicate properly.

“I don’t think we’re gonna see the all-star crews as much,” Payton said. “On that specific play, we watched a young official acquiesce to a veteran official. It’s the first time they were working together.”

Payton also said he thinks the postseason officiating assignments are based too much on seniority and not enough on an official’s grades.

“The referee has to be five years a ref before he can work the Super Bowl. What if he’s Patrick Mahomes the referee? What if he’s the best in Year 2?”

Payton also noted that the NFL won’t assign the same referee to two consecutive Super Bowls, and he said they should if a referee grades out the best in consecutive years.

“When’s the last time we had back-to-back referees work the Super Bowl? I know we’ve had back-to-back quarterbacks, we can’t get Brady out of this game, but if the best referee truly was the best, let’s just hypothetically say, last year, this year, let’s say he had a three-year run,” Payton said, then he should get to referee three straight Super Bowls.

Payton raises good points, points that we’ve raised before. The two best teams are on the field in the Super Bowl, and they ought to have their game officiated by the best crew.

64 responses to “Sean Payton hopes NFL stops using “all-star” officiating crews in playoffs

  1. They gotta change something because all of the rigged games in the playoffs is getting old…

  2. Sean Payton needs to be removed from the rules committee and left at home by his owner and GM
    . His constant whining is counter productive. He is the kid in class who always had his hand up, dumb dumb ash!

  3. The Saints are requesting all tissue donations continue to be sent directly to Payton’s office or home address and thank you for the overwhelming support.

  4. These are reasonable statements

    The all star crews often have issues because the guys aren’t used to working with each other

  5. Amen, the concept of the all star crew is misguided. The best graded team of officials should be handling the most important games of the season. Unless the league doesn’t care about public perception … Sigh.

  6. dcnupe3 says:
    March 26, 2019 at 11:25 am
    Does this guy ever stop crying?

    I’m not a saints fan, but I don’t blame Payton for still being upset. a Ref screwed him out of his team playing in a super bowl.

  7. When’s the last time we had back-to-back referees work the Super Bowl? I know we’ve had back-to-back quarterbacks, we can’t get Brady out of this game
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    Not coincidentally you are also having a hard time getting Belichick and the Patriots out of the game.

    On a more serious note, was Payton this much of a whiner prior to he and the Saints getting screwed by the incompetent NFL executive team during the bounty fiasco?

  8. I really don’t think most fans see it as crying. I’m not a Saints fan, but I believe Coach Payton has a legitimate grievance with this incident.

    I would also add that the NFL needs to stop having “all star” officiating during regular season games like Mexico City (even if that game is moved to LA). When the crews are thrown together it creates an unnecessary communication and collaboration gap that they can’t hope to fill in a short timeframe. This practice impacts the game and the league negatively.

  9. Ok, we got it. You got hosed in the playoffs. You’re not the first and won’t be the last. Sports, like life, are not always fair and some times you just gotta deal with it.

  10. I’d be angry if I was Sean Payton too. He got cheated out of a Super Bowl berth by the inept officiating crew and the NFL will do nothing about it. The result was we had a horrible Super Bowl with a Rams team that didn’t deserve to be there and was in way over their heads.

  11. The reason this “all-star” officiating nonsense happens?
    Same reason the “seniority” nonsense happens.

    UNION.

  12. The most important games of the entire season are refereed by guys that have never worked together. On what planet does that make any kind of sense?

  13. kcflake says:
    March 26, 2019 at 11:47 am
    Payton is Right. The “all star officiating crew” S the bed in the AFC championship game.
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    There was nothing wrong with officiating in the AFCCG. Except maybe a few missed calls that benefited the KC.

  14. whywerule says:
    March 26, 2019 at 11:49 am
    When’s the last time we had back-to-back referees work the Super Bowl? I know we’ve had back-to-back quarterbacks, we can’t get Brady out of this game…
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    Not coincidentally you are also having a hard time getting Belichick and the Patriots out of the game.

    On a more serious note, was Payton this much of a whiner prior to he and the Saints getting screwed by the incompetent NFL executive team during the bounty fiasco?

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    Very well said. You had someone recorded saying he expected to get paid for a cartoff when Brett Favre was being taken off the field, but that’s ok huh since you won a sb? But let someone miss a call on PI and someone needs to pepper spray all the NFL angels to make sure they cry on que- lol

  15. I didn’t hear Payton complaining so much after his team benefitted greatly in the 2010 NFC Championship Game by bad officiating and missed calls which propelled them to a Super Bowl championship.

    Funny!

  16. Quit whining, Payton!!! The ball was tipped! Besides, thou got away with three worst display in NFL history of cheap shots and deliberate attempts to injure that won you a Super Bowl. Lego quite, loudmouth!

  17. I agree with Payton. In the other three sports, the officials all rotate around the playing surface so they’re all used to seeing different angles from different areas. But in the NFL, the officials have an assigned area and never deviate until they are given a new position. On a deep sideline ball, a side judge may be used to the line judge on the same crew coming downfield with him for an underneath view. In an all-star crew, the side judge can’t count on that happening.

  18. There was nothing wrong with officiating in the AFCCG. Except maybe a few missed calls that benefited the KC.
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    Both title games were a complete embarrassment to the word professional. I’m glad the Pats won that game but it was sort of ruined by the series of bad call, make up call, bad call, make up call, bad call make up call that went both ways. You had to sort of wait 30 seconds after each play to see if there would be a late flag thrown.

    Regardless of who you root for that dulls/kills the enthusiasm of watching high stakes live competition.

  19. His proposals make sense to me, at surface-level. People who claim that he’s “whining” are just refusing to address the proposals on their merits.

  20. I like this idea for the simple reason it would also bring about accountability within the crews during the regular season. If a great crew had one member consistently keeping them from being THE crew, you can bet the house the other guys in the crew would hold his feet to the fire. The end result would be improvement or replacement and who wins then? WE do.

  21. I am so sick of hearing this cheater complain about officiating. Call it karma for the 2009 NFC championship game and move on with your life you man baby.

  22. I love how Scum Payton chooses which penalties matter and which don’t. The facemask on Goff that was purposely ignored had just as much effect as the questionable PI call.

  23. How about not using refs that have not played on a team that is on the field and also not residing in the same state as the team on the field.

  24. He’s right. In these high stakes games it critical to get the best officials with experience in these games and who know one another well enough to communicate effectively.
    The league needs to address better officiating rather than focusing on constantly changing the game with new rules they don’t even understand well enough to clearly articulate.

  25. catquick says:
    March 26, 2019 at 12:23 pm
    Quit whining, Payton!!! The ball was tipped! Besides, thou got away with three worst display in NFL history of cheap shots and deliberate attempts to injure that won you a Super Bowl. Lego quite, loudmouth!

    Wrong, doofus…the ball was NOT tipped on the play – there’s photographic evidence of that from the end-zone view, and the Rams’ lineman in question could not have physically touched the ball, even if he was eight feet tall and had a 10 ft vertical jump. All these people here telling Sean Payton to “stop whining” are hypocrites – if it happened to their team, they would be the first to complain – witness all the Viqueen fans still butthurt over the 2009 NFC championship…they lost that game because they turned it over 5 times, not because of some alleged “bounty” program.

  26. All the trolls have said nothing to counter the basis of his contention: that the playoffs demand the best officiating crews, regardless of whether they did playoff games the year before. In fact, I would argue that the #1 crew should be working the Wild Card weekend, Divisional weekend, Conference title weekend, and the Super Bowl. How does that NOT make sense?

  27. Until Payton and Saints fans can admit that there were MANY bad non calls in that game against both teams and we can’t know what the results of a fairly called game would have been, this is just sour grapes over the result.

  28. Well, how do you single out the best officials, and also keep crews together? I think it makes sense to keep the overall best crews together for the playoffs. But you might miss the ‘best’ individual ref that way.

  29. I don’t think that you need to be any All Star referee to see that was PI.

    A person who doesn’t know anything about the game of football would have called a foul on that play. That was a flagrant, violent foul on a defenseless receiver.

  30. NFL fans hope Sean Payton stops crying about last years bad call before next season begins. We had a saying in wrestling “don’t let the refs decide the match”.

    I agree that was pass interference and was an obvious call. You can find a missed call on almost every play using the All 22. While it could very well have changed the outcome of the game, there was no guarantee that New Orleans scores a touchdown had PI been called. Move on.

  31. Rams got screwed by the non-facemask, Saints got screwed by the non-PI. BOTH teams had chances after the off setting non-calls. The difference was that the Rams didn’t choke in overtime by bad plays and even worse playcalling by the coach.

  32. I hate to admit it, but he is right….the grades are subjective anyway, which fosters bias…as a high school official it is an honor to get awarded a state playoff game…but you are rewarded as a crew, not as an individual..communication is absolutely paramount on a football crew

  33. How about this…we can surely all agree. Let’s simply vet the crew first to confirm that there aren’t 4 refs from one of the teams’ locales. Lets certainly get this right in a championship game. That is all.

  34. Payton is 100% right about these so-called “all star” crews. You put guys who didn’t work together all year in the playoffs and expect them to feel as comfortable as they do in the regular season, and it’s just plain stupid.
    Those who are criticizing Payton for stating his beliefs on all this are wrong. I’m not a Saints fan and don’t even like Payton very much. But when you’re right, your’re right and he’s right.

  35. Are people ever going to stop blaming the saints not going to the Superbowl because of one play?? This is getting so ridiculously annoying hearing about this. There was missed calls that could have helped both teams to put points on the board, and they had their chance to put that game away but never did.

  36. Clown baby- were any of those deliberate flagrant shots to the head to stop what the Rams player admitted would be a game winnng play? I’m not talking about the head shot that knocked the NO TE out of the game, also uncalled. This is the very type of foul the rules were changed to prevent, with much fanfare. Come now.

  37. cat quick – something you may be unaware off. Coaches and execs are not protected by the CBA, so they have no right to an appeal other than to Goodell, the man who suspends them. All suspensions appealed to Tagliabue, picked by Goodell himself, were overturned. This isn’t news or even hard to find.

  38. dcnupe3 says:
    March 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Does this guy ever stop crying?
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    Have raider fans stopped crying about the Tuck Rule?

  39. Clown baby- were any of those deliberate flagrant shots to the head to stop what the Rams player admitted would be a game winnng play? I’m not talking about the head shot that knocked the NO TE out of the game, also uncalled. This is the very type of foul the rules were changed to prevent, with much fanfare. Come now.

    A bad call that effects the outcome of the game is a bad call regardless of what it is. Come on now, quit picking and choosing what bad calls are worse than the other.

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