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  • Big Concern for NFL this season

    "A new anxiety is filtering through the NFL's officiating ranks. The first training camp opens in 10 days. Preseason games are less than a month away. There has been unprecedented turnover among referees, including two unexpected retirements last month. And because of late approval from owners, hardly any of the league's 121 officials have been briefed in detail on a series of rule changes that will require fundamental changes in the way they administrate games."

    More....http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/p...7725/undefined

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    With instant replay available and the inconsistency in referee calls, it would be interesting to do more from the head referee box and reduce the number of referees - a possible solution.

    They could allow coaches could challenge 1 play per game without risking the loss of a timeout.

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    • #3
      Expect a major CF, especially with that "lowering of the helmet" thing. Have they figured out what a catch is yet?
      Last edited by Rohirrim; 07-11-2018, 08:19 AM.

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      • #4
        So it’s gonna get worse.

        Hard to imagine.

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        • #5
          The game is getting harder and harder to watch every year. To the point where the NFL doesn’t own my Sunday afternoons anymore.

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          • #6
            Add in legal sports betting and if these refs **** up they’ll be taken to the woodshed.

            Whole different ball game when money is involved. Now most the country will have access to that.

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            • #7
              It pays enough they won't have any problem.

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              • #8
                So this will result in NE getting more calls.

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                • #9
                  Everyone thought the NFL was untouchable...

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                  • #10
                    cant imagine it getting worse.

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                    • #11
                      More ladies coming to a sideline near you.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Vegas_Bronco View Post
                        With instant replay available and the inconsistency in referee calls, it would be interesting to do more from the head referee box and reduce the number of referees - a possible solution.

                        They could allow coaches could challenge 1 play per game without risking the loss of a timeout.
                        There should be no limit on how many challenges you have... if you get them right.

                        Start with three. Challenge a call that's reversed in your favor, you still have three. Challenge another that is upheld, you now have two.

                        NFL games are made up of small shifts in momentum that can hinge on a bad call. If you feel like you have to save your challenges for high-leverage situations, and you can't challenge things earlier in the game that are just incredibly obvious, that is a problem.

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                        • #13
                          They should have jury boxes behind each sidelines, in the stands. Then, you could take an Official Ruling Time Out in a game. The coach's lawyer could present his case. People in the stands could applaud, or boo. The official's lawyer could present his case. Same thing. Celebrity lawyers! We could all watch the replay fifty times while the judge mulls over his rulings and the jury reviews the evidence. It would be like adding a court show to the games. There could be a panel discussion in the sports media studio. Hell, you could have transgendered judges! There could be a full hour of commercials incorporated into the time out! Think of the possibilities!

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                          • #14
                            There are always some hiccups because the rules keep changing. I think it will be unlikely anything will be worse than the scab refs, though.

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                            • #15
                              What the real refs did to the Broncos in the Divisional Round was far worse than the performance of the replacements. But I suppose the Vinovich-Peyton thing is an outlier.

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