NFL referees discuss offensive holding calls on Saturday conference call

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The huge jump in offensive holding calls over the first 33 games of the 2019 regular season was a topic of conversation in a Saturday night conference call between referees and NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron.

There were 10 offensive holding calls during Thursday night’s game between the Jaguars and Titans and 178 calls over the first two weeks of the regular season. That’s a 66 percent jump over last year and it comes after making backside holding an offseason point of emphasis.

In particular, officials were told to watch for “lobster blocks” that see linemen on the backside of running plays wrap their arms around defensive players.

Riveron confirmed the call to John Parry of ESPN and told referees that offensive linemen need to move their blocks inside the defender’s frame. He also “counseled them to allow for more time to get the block inside the frame before throwing a flag,” so we’ll see if that leads to a drop in the number of holding calls during Sunday’s games.

10 responses to “NFL referees discuss offensive holding calls on Saturday conference call

  1. Most organizations don’t wing changes to their product, they plan it out and test it.
    Thats not how the NFL works.

    I’m less concerned with calling more penalties with the overcalling of minor ticky tack penalties, especially when they cost games.

  2. They want O-linemen to block differently so more blitzers get through. Then they get to call their ridiculous roughing the passer penalties more often.

  3. To me the stunning increase of holding calls has brought me to think of the NBA. Run down the court, foul. Run back up the court, foul. It’s awful and the refs absolutely determine the outcome of games therefore making it unwatchable to me. Same now with the NFL. It’s said holding could be called on every play. It’s getting closer isn’t it? I can’t remember who said it on a broadcast last week but he said they should make offensive holding a 5 yard penalty. Man if they are going to call it as much as they are these 1st and 20’s have to go. Heck any holding penalty practically is an instant drive killer. In a league that has done everything to create offense to the point of absurdity one easy fix is 5 yards for holding.

  4. You know that T-shirt with Goodell as a clown? Make another one with Riveron. That guy is in over his head.

    The NFL is quickly headed the way of NASCAR, with the endless (needless) rule tweaks. Look at what happened to their audience.

  5. indiapalealeblog says:
    September 22, 2019 at 12:13 pm
    Most organizations don’t wing changes to their product, they plan it out and test it.
    Thats not how the NFL works.

    I’m less concerned with calling more penalties with the overcalling of minor ticky tack penalties, especially when they cost games.
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    I’m so sick of hearing this ticky-tac BS, once you’ve crossed the line you’ve crossed the line, it doesn’t matter if its by an inch or a mile! Personally I like them calling penalties according to the rulebook, that lays the groundwork for all games being called a lot more consistently instead of what we’ve become used to seeing and that has been refs calling penalties according to their interpretation of what they THINK the rule is, that’s total BULL! The players shouldn’t have to go into games week to week wondering and trying to figure out how the refs are going to call the game, it shouldn’t even be a question! But that’s the way its been for years they don’t know, it depended on what ref(crew) was calling the game, not what the rulebook said.

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