Bruce Arians: Officials need more work, they need six preseason games

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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says the players may need fewer preseason games, but the officials need more.

Arians said that if the NFL reduces the preseason to two games, he worries that the officials won’t be ready to go when the regular season starts.

“We keep talking about these players going to two preseason games. I don’t know how we’re going to officiate with only two preseason games. Those guys need more work than we do. They need at least four, maybe six,” Arians said.

Arians is blunt, but he has a point: NFL rules change each offseason, and with major changes like allowing replay review for pass interference, the officials need time to adjust. The NFL is likely to reduce the length of the preseason at some point, and it needs to have a plan in place for getting the officials up to speed while they work fewer preseason games.

36 responses to “Bruce Arians: Officials need more work, they need six preseason games

  1. Have the games in preseason spread out M,W,F for example. NFC West always plays AFC West and so on (Until that us the match for the year then adjust west-east, N-S). The players get fewer games but refs ref a couple a week.

    Maybe even as full time employees.

  2. The plan for the refs is the same as it always is. It won’t change because almost every call now is a judgement call and will differ from crew to crew and from game to game.

    Love Arians quote though!
    Can he get fined for “criticizing” the refs?

  3. An entire season of work didn’t help last year when they failed to throw a flag in the Saints playoffs game, resulting in the worst super bowl in history.

  4. let them officiate intrasquad practice. we don’t need to encourage the nfl to add any preseason games

  5. “Have the games in preseason spread out M,W,F for example. NFC West always plays AFC West and so on (Until that us the match for the year then adjust west-east, N-S). The players get fewer games but refs ref a couple a week.”

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    You’re s special kind of stupid, aren’t you?

  6. There is no other level of football this bad. It’s likely like the Redskins: bad things trickle down because the owner is so bad. Probably the same regarding Goodell. Nothing was this completely discombobulated under any other commissioner!

  7. No. He is not right. 2 more games is not only logistically ignorant but isn’t going to improve skills. Make them watch more tape. So many angles, same thing.

    These are the times I do not care for Bruce Arians.

  8. Thats going to get him some favorable calls. The more he speaks the more he emerges as a moron. He should go home and change his depends

  9. 10 preseason games wouldnt solve the pass interference challenge nonsense. Worst NFL rule in quite a while. I cant believe that the dopes adopted that one.

  10. VR might be an answer here. The tech is good enough now, that they could train all offseason using one or two “outside in” VR rooms. It wouldn’t do hardly anything for players who need to build muscle memory and get hit for real, but the officials only use their eyes and ears for the most part.
    It would be expensive to the average person, but pennies to the NFL.

  11. Arians has never, not once, lost a game that wasn’t because of a bad call. This guy whines more than any drunk fan I’ve ever seen.

    Could he be right? Maybe, but he’s the wrong messenger. It’s like the guy nobody wants in their house because things come up missing telling you someone else is sneaky. But the problem will never be fixed unless the NFL gets full time refs, and they won’t (and shouldn’t) do that, because the refs will then unionize, and be impossible to fire. It’s why umpires like Joe West and Angel Hernandez have been making awful calls for decades

  12. Some of these games the calls are just so bad for both sides of the team. At first I think a ref is showing favoritism and the next play it’s a terrible call the other direction. The problem is when it goes to NFL review, you get left with even more questions.

    The TV guys dont even seem to know what to say. I thought thinks would start changing after Blandino was shown the door but sadly last year it all looked worse. Add it more complicated calls and extra reviews

  13. He’s right. And we did we allow receivers to cut towards the line of scrimmage before the ball is snapped? Saw that 3 times; this ain’t Canada. Rules always change…player is pushed backwards and fumbles and they give to the other team now. Used to no fumble because forward progress was stopped. I could go on and on…like Brees sticking the ball over the first down marker, only problem, he pulled it back on his OWN, should not be a 1st down, but they gave it to him…drives me crazy!!

  14. Joint practices are becoming more of a thing… Set up a length of time where the ref, coaches and team work out new rules without being a live game… Maybe with teams not on the schedule that season..

  15. What does Bruce know hold on while I check his NFL accomplishments… ok I’m back and here they are – ZIP

  16. samapoc says:
    August 30, 2019 at 9:09 pm
    An entire season of work didn’t help last year when they failed to throw a flag in the Saints playoffs game, resulting in the worst super bowl in history.

    Or those 2 flags they should Not have thrown against the Steelers vs. the Saints.

  17. He’s right, but full time refs are needed.

    I say this often as a joke, but receiver on the outside running a 4.3 being covered by a corner running a 4.4. Making the call? A 55 yr old trying to keep up. Need more ex athletes and less lawyers(Hoculi).

  18. So how many part-time referees does the NFL employ? 120 or so?
    Just put all of them on the field at the same time for every game.
    They’d get a lot of experience that way.

  19. Love BA or hate him…the man knows what he’s talking about and has been around this league long enough to have seen the decline in the game. Every off season, there are new rules when most people involved in the sport full time, don’t even have a clear understanding of the rules from the previous season; leaving the interpretation of new rules up to a bunch of new and ever changing part-time “crews” of referees is a recipe for chaos and discord on the field even with the latest techno gimmicks designed to do the job. Experience is the best teacher and in situations where things happen at such a fast pace, a good number of these part-time employees aren’t mentally ready when the regular season rolls around, even if they think they understand the rule changes…it’s not like they’ve had any kind of training camp to prepare for the action…preseason is it.
    And, the guys in the booth giving commentary, lol, only serve to add drama and spice things up for the fans!

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