is broken, and The Shield can’t ignore it any longer.
of errors aren’t hard to find, they happen in nearly every game. Some don’t
affect outcomes of games, but others have, and those errors cost wins and jobs
in a league where wins are hard to come by and each game is important.
kneelers, domestic abusers and punkish behavior, more than CTE and more than
the sport hemorrhaging youth players, this is the league’s biggest problem. It’s
not just that the officiating is bad but is plainly visible for all to see.
officiating makes the game unwatchable and will ultimately affect TV viewing audiences.
That is what has league officials most worried fearing that some point there
will be a price to be paid for the level of incompetence.
about officiating are nothing new. However, the speed at which the game is now
being played is certainly a factor but that’s why replay is now a tool. Part of
the problem players and team and league personnel now say is that many
officials see themselves as stars of the game and try to insert their own personal
style and personality into the game.
The NFL has
taken some steps to improve, raising the number of full time officials from 21
to 24 this season. This is a positive step but given the performance this season
there is a long way to go.
to the game are suggesting more steps to clean up officiating. The first being
adding more full-time officials. This helps the crews work more cohesively and communicate
better with the teams
more accountability. Making officials available for press conferences after the
games like the league requires of coaches and players to answer questions
Third, more consequences.
Officials whose calls are overturned by
replay on a regular basis in multiple games to be demoted. Now the only price
paid for poor performance is that maybe the official doesn’t get chosen to work
playoff games of even the Super Bowl.
with more attention paid to this growing issue the 2019 season can be more
enjoyable than 2018 has been.