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Old 12-05-2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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Interesting article on ESPN about dealing with officiating problems at the NFL level.

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Everyone complains about officiating in the NFL and, really, every sport at every level. Without that outlet, we would be forced to accept simply that our favorite player or team failed on their own merits rather than some nefarious turn of events.

Yet there is something different about the grumbling we've heard and participated in during the 2013 season. On top of the usual questionable-pass-interference calls, borderline holding penalties and missed sideline catches have been a collection of fundamental errors.

Over the past three months, we've had one veteran referee misapply a rule regarding dead-ball fouls and another issue the wrong penalty for an illegal challenge. A third lost track of an exception to rules regarding defensive substitution. The list goes on. Most recently, referee Jeff Triplette's crew was confused about the correct down during a two-minute drill by the Washington Redskins.

That mistake came in the same week when two coaches, the Arizona Cardinals' Bruce Arians and the Tennessee Titans' Mike Munchak, spoke publicly about calls they forwarded to the NFL for review. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000, and the team was put on notice for modification or forfeiture of draft picks, after he illegally stood on the white sideline marker -- even as referee Clete Blakeman's crew missed the corresponding penalty call during the game.

NFL officiating, veteran Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss said this week, is "the worst by far since Iíve been in the league.

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How should the NFL improve officiating?

9%
Upgrade the chain yardage system
43%
Require officials to be full-time employees
17%
Adopt college football's replay system
31%
Simplify the rule book
Discuss (Total votes: 3,413)
Read more here: http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/po...ng-officiating
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:52 AM   #2
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simplify the rule book and get rid of the competition committee. they are the ones that approve all of the Ginger Hammers new ideas
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Personally, I'd love to see the officials be hired full time with requirements for physical and cognitive abilities tested yearly. I'd also like to see the rules rewritten and simplified (same with the tax code). I think it would bring in a lot more fans into the sport if they could more easily understand the rules and penalties.

Also, I would like to allow coaches three challenges for the game, where they could challenge anything and the challenge would be reviewed by the replay official in the booth. Letting all replay review occur in a booth would also speed up the replay process… hopefully.

But I will watch the Broncos no matter what, bad officiating and all.
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look for the review of penalties to come down the pipeline.
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They should put a sensor into the fooball and then do like they did with the glow-puck in Hockey in the 90's and the ball glows on the screen. They could also make the refs wear 16th century armor for no reason - and have Tina Turner as her Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome persona introduce each game.

All these things would fix officiating forever.
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it's all because of betting..it's as simple as that.
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They should put a sensor into the fooball and then do like they did with the glow-puck in Hockey in the 90's and the ball glows on the screen. They could also make the refs wear 16th century armor for no reason - and have Tina Turner as her Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome persona introduce each game.

All these things would fix officiating forever.


so does that mean we can throw things at the ref? legally?
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so does that mean we can throw things at the ref? legally?
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Any review should create a poll on the Mane, and we vote for the outcome. Public, of course.
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look for the review of penalties to come down the pipeline.
It has to. With the "intent" and defenseless receiver calls they have these days, all calls that are considered "bang-bang" plays should be subject to review.
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Any review should create a poll on the Mane, and we vote for the outcome. Public, of course.
How long do we wait for the polling to occur before the officials make the final decision? Perhaps all reviews should just go to Survivor champion to decide.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:24 AM   #13
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its not as bad as the NBA or MLB.
but it could be better.
physical and mental competency tests should already be part of the equasion.
It does seem like the refs are 'compelled' to keep the games close.
when I watch non-bronco games I still feel like many calls have an agenda.
but most of those bad calls are just refs not getting a clear view of the action.
pass interference is a tuff call, somehow they need to clean up the rules that govern it.
This will always be a subjective call, but the inconsistency, of tweo guys in hand to hand combat all the way down the field and no flag, when a WR come4s in contact with a defender that he drives on, and then cuts, with flags coming out against both participants, somehow the NFL needs to clean this up.
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Need some kind of in-game oversight committee with Chuck Norris providing the tiebreaker vote.
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They should put a sensor into the fooball and then do like they did with the glow-puck in Hockey in the 90's and the ball glows on the screen. They could also make the refs wear 16th century armor for no reason - and have Tina Turner as her Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome persona introduce each game.

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full time employees, off site review of plays, make pass interference and roughing the passer reviewable.
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Ditch the replay booth. All reviewed plays reviewed by officials in NY... Like goal reviews in hockey. Also, for any Coach challenge that gets the call overturned, the coach keeps the challenge, it only makes sense.
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How long do we wait for the polling to occur before the officials make the final decision? Perhaps all reviews should just go to Survivor champion to decide.
I like the cut of your jib
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Need some kind of in-game oversight committee with Chuck Norris providing the tiebreaker vote.
dodge-ball jurisprudence.
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Ditch the replay booth. All reviewed plays reviewed by officials in NY... Like goal reviews in hockey. Also, for any Coach challenge that gets the call overturned, the coach keeps the challenge, it only makes sense.
BINGO ! after all a coaches challenge just provides for another commercial break, the entire reason why football is broadcast.
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Good article, thanks for posting!

The technology part should be a no-brainer.

I don't follow college ball all that much (stopping the clock every first down sucks), but their replay system is far superior.

Full time refs

I'd start there and see if that makes some improvements before I'd go further. I would like to see an overhaul/simplification of the rule book as well, but I think taking a few years to get it right would be better than trying to do all the above AND the rule book in one off season.
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easiest one is the chains. they need to go to laser yesterday.
the chains are so archaic, it must be a refs union thing that this method of measurement is till employed.
The way the ball is "spotted' also seems to imply an agenda on the part of the refs!
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And allow Trindon to sit on Osweiler's shoulders during the game and shout, "Who run Footballtown??!??"
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