Sean Payton thinks taunting is being “over-officiated”

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Officiating was a major topic of conversation during Sean Payton’s visit to The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday.

Payton shared his belief that officials should have full-time jobs with the NFL and said that everyone involved in the NFL deserves better officiating than there’s been this season. One of the most contentious officiating issues this season as been the point of emphasis that’s been placed on taunting calls.

Payton was on the NFL’s Competition Committee when the decision was made to emphasize taunting penalties and he said on Thursday that the way the foul is being called differs from what the group was trying to accomplish when they made that decision.

“I think it’s being over-officiated,” Payton said. “I sat in on the discussions I don’t think any of us who discussed it saw it where it is now.”

Payton said the idea was to eliminate players standing over opponents or “crawl over players with their crotch” by establishing a “bright” line that everyone agreed was taunting. That line hasn’t been a uniform one this season and Payton has plenty of company when it comes to frustration with how it shifts from game to game.

5 responses to “Sean Payton thinks taunting is being “over-officiated”

  1. That’s because it is. Matt Nagy likes it though because he’s always on the receiving end of it.

  2. Weird I don’t recall Payton complaining about the officiating week 8.
    Buc 11 penalties for 99 yards.
    Saints 2 penalties for 10 yards.

  3. There doesn’t seem to be any consistency as to what is considered taunting, roughing the passer, holding…you name it. There is definitely an officiating problem in the NFL. They have ruined a lot of games and great plays, and I’m only talking about this season.

  4. dregonspengler says:
    November 18, 2021 at 2:43 pm
    Does anyone whine more than Sean Payton?

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    I look at it more like he’s going against the grain and calling out inconsistencies in the league. If something is wrong, say something. Anyways, the league is more interesting when someone doesn’t toe the shield’s line all the time, like Al Davis.

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