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Poor performance in the Week 18 game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks with NFL referees under supervision.

When NFL fans clamor that Dez Bryant actually caught that ball in the fourth loss to the Green Bay Packers in the fourth inning of 2015 Group Stage Matchit took the NFL three years to finally announce, “Yes, that was a hit. we do not know silly.” When NFL fans demanded better running after a call obstructed a missed pass to the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman during the NFC Championship Game in 2019, the NFL quickly approved the replacement. change the rules will turn pass interference into a reviewable call, rather than the judgment call as before. A year later, the NFL removed the option to challenge the pass interference because it “too subjective.”

It seems that no matter how badly run the NFL is, the NFL will eventually let go of the concerns and give fans an enthusiastic “That’s what it is,” implying. that nothing can be done. For years, fans have known that the league can do something, and assume they just need to be pressured by the right people. Well, that time may finally be upon us.

Many missed calls in Rams-Seahawks

Have countless missed calls at key moments of the midweek 18 game ram and Eagle. This matchup is of prime importance to Seattle, as a loss would knock them out of the knockout stages. In the end, the Seahawks won in extra time, preventing the Detroit Lions from reaching the knockout stages even though they won against fellow Green Bay. of the NFL competition committee even called the game “the Worst official game of the year.”

Punters are people, too

The most egregious penalty in that game was a crucial “running into the punter” call against the Rams’ Jonah Williams that extended a fourth-quarter Seattle drive and enabled the Seahawks to tie the game on a field goal. When watching the play, it is evident that Williams was blocked into the punter by another Seattle special teamer. The NFL rulebook clearly states that running into the punter in that circumstance does not constitute a penalty.

Jalen Ramsey flagged, but DK Metcalf

On the following drive, Rams’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey offered up a late hit on Seahawks’ quarterback Geno Smith after the latter scrambled for a 25-yard gain. That obviously constitutes a penalty, but so does DK Metcalf’s retaliation which saw the star receiver get his hands in Ramsey’s facemask. Had Metcalf’s retaliation been flagged, the penalties would’ve been offset. Instead, only Ramsey’s hit was called. Even though Seattle’s kicker Jason Myers missed the game-winning field goal try in regulation, Seattle never should’ve had that opportunity in the first place.

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Judgment call

There was also a potential intentional grounding penalty that went uncalled in overtime, although that was the most questionable of all. Smith was clearly trying to throw the ball away and the closest Seahawks’ receiver, tight end Noah Fant, was supposedly 12 yards away from where the throw ended up. However, the NFL rules claims that an intentional grounding can only be called when there is no chance of an actual catch. It is a subjective decision. While I and many others believe it is impossible to catch, referees often make mistakes on the cautious side of important calls. If it has problems, you just let it be. After all, Seattle was at a loss for not finishing. That said, I would call intentional grounding.

Need to improve

Based on GAME, an NFL executive has stated that there is “a real wave of dissatisfaction with the administration that is much deeper than I have ever seen and to be honest, I have never seen in the league.” this for many years.” Final! Final! After years of fans calling for changes to be made in the screening of NFL officials, league executives and coaches are finally starting to catch on. One of ESPN’s sources even told them that the NFL needs to do a better job of recruiting and training its officials. I want to come up with another solution.

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Everyone knows that the most reliable and unbiased group of people in the NFL are the fans who have no stake in any game. You know the guy who always wears the Giants’ jersey Jeremy Shockey comes to your local bar every Sunday even though you both live in Arkansas and he’s never left the state? That man is as unbiased as the fans come in and whenever a suspicious call occurs during a game, he immediately has an opinion on whether the call is worth it. worth it or not. More often than not, he’s right, too. While not everything he says fits 100% into the rule book, he has a pretty good understanding of the rules and subjectivity that comes with certain situations. I call this the “Fan Rule of Common Sense.” For some reason, these people always seem to know what’s going on. If something looks like a catch, it must be a catch. If something looks like a missed call, the operations team should come back and make the call.

A solution

Here’s what I recommend: BILLIONhe NFL hires about three of these guys per game. Give them like $300 per game. It won’t be too expensive, and I’m sure they’ll all take it. When something controversial happens, these three can get together and determine what is the right call. They need to be quick, decisive, and sure, but that’s what these types of people do of specialists. Of course, this will only be for subjective calls. Anything related to first touch, touchdown or whether the receiver has two-foot range will not be eligible for consideration. With this elite group of selectors, the NFL will never miss a controversial call again.

OK, maybe not

The sad thing is, I’m only joking 90% of the time. I really think the best reviewer of subjective calls is fans have nothing to gain. They just want to watch a good football game, more consistently and more often, they can choose to see if some calls are missed or inappropriate calls are made when they shouldn’t be. Obviously, there are more cons than pros in my plan prank, such as how easy it would be to convince these people to make specific calls, but also I said, the unbiased nature of these fans tends to to indicate the appropriate call in most of those critical times.

There’s still the human side of it

The NFL will most likely just set up a program urging referees to look for some indication of a penalty for specific innings, but that doesn’t address the root of the problem. The root is, as long as there are subjective penalties, referees will mostly be arranged in their current way. There’s not much that can change their view of the play and so it’s very difficult to change the chemistry in their brain without a very specific change in the rule book. Instead of providing courses to help train their officials, the first step the NFL should take is to consider any penalties (except for holding the ball, as that would slow the pace of the game down a lot). a lot of). While this may not change the outcome of many calls, just as considering passing interference won’t lead to many reversed calls in 2020, it will at least give the person Fans, coaches and executives are of the opinion that referees are approved and push for further scrutiny. run the team whenever they make a bad call.

That would be just the first step. I don’t know where the league is going from there, but more transparency is never a bad thing. The ball is in your NFL court. People have been asking for official changes for over a decade now. The heat is rising, and it’s time to do something about it.

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