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NFL Officiating....

Posted on: January 11, 2010 12:56 pm
The officiating has been poor to terrible in the playoffs this year.  Outside of the NYJ/Cincy game, there were either to many flags(Dallas/Philly), or missed or no calls.

I have no real complaints about the NYJ/Cincy game, I thought that game was officiated well enough to get by.  The Dallas/Philly game was littered with flags.  This is playoff football, let them play.  Keep your hankie in your pocket and let the players decide who won or lost the game.

The NE/Balt game had a few calls that were suspect.  The first being the muffed punt by Baltimore and New England recovering the ball.  The rules of a fumble recovery are that of a completed pass reception.  You must maintain control of the ball all the way to the ground, well clearly that wasn't the case with the fumble recovery.  The ball came out as he hit the ground out of bounds, and the replays clearly showed him bobbling the ball through out the entire recovery process.  Now, I understand that Harbaugh didn't challenge the play, and that was his and his coaching staff upstairs faults, but the official on the spot should have realized that he didn't maintain control all the way to the ground.

Secondly, the McGahee 2 point conversion attempt.  He clearly had the ball secured to his chest, and his chest did cross the goal line, so that right there should be enough evidence to reverse the call done on the field.  Well they blew 2 chances at that one.  I applaud the officials for that as well.  I probably sound like a Baltimore homer or something, but Brady did enough for the Pats to blow the game without these 2 oversights on the part of the officials.

And finally the Green Bay/Arizona game.  I could write a book about this game, but in a summary.  Woodson was the victim most of the game here.  Both Fitzgerald TD's were the result of uncalled push offs to clear space to catch and run.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman(possibly the worst duo to broadcast a game) said on the first TD that "Woodson fell down", clean out your eyes and you'll see he was pushed to ground by Fitzgerald.

The final drive of the game had 2 notable "non-calls."  The first being a helmet to helmet hit on Rodgers by Bertrand Berry.  The play was out in the open for everyone to see and it was conveniently missed.  The second being the face mask on the fumble that won the game for the Cards.  You mean to tell me they put that on the ref BEHIND the play, he couldn't see it.  And with all the other officials on the field not one of them saw that play.  Rediculous.

There have been gripes and rumblings all season long about the officiating, but for the officiating to decide the outcome of a playoff game, in my opinion that is just absurd.  Again these are just my opinions, feel free to argue them all you want.

Category: NFL

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2010 12:36 pm

NFL Officiating....

What a crazy and stupid evaluation of NFL officiating.  Why should anyone take seriously comments about officiating by someone who has no qualifications to evaluate such things.  The bottom line is the same as it has always been and will continue to be for time everlasting   ..... the officials are the only people in the whole stadium that really don't give a damn which team wins the game.  It is time we all realize that!!!

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 10:00 am

NFL Officiating....

You complain that the officials didn't "let them play" in the Dallas/Philly game then contradict yourself by saying that the officiating cost the Packers the game. 
Fitzgerald may have pushed off but that was the way the game had been officiated the whole game.  Towards the end of the first half Jermichael Finley pushed off on Bryant McFadden to create separation and the officials not only allowed it but flagged McFadden.  That was a 44 yard completion on 3rd down so it led to Green Bay points instead of a Green Bay punt.  Later in the game Greg Jennings did the same (I don't remember the play or the situation but I do remember thinking it was a push off).  Players need to adjust to how the game is being officiated.  Fitzgerald's play was no different than the Packers.
I agree that the officials missed the helmet to helmet on Aaron Rodgers, however there was a clear holding on the same play that the officials did catch and while I'm not 100% positive on the rules, wouldn't that have just been offsetting penalties and replay 2nd down?  I don't see how that decided the outcome of the game.  The hand on the face mask at the end of the game is a joke, that was a great someone once posted "This is playoff football, let them play."

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2010 5:01 am

NFL Officiating....

Officiating did not decide the Cardinals/Packers game. If it did, the Packers would have won because the officials called the game in Green Bay's favor throughout. Ball marks, where punts landing out of bounds were marked, and in general for non-calls. 
The Fitzgerald plays were not offensive pass interference. On both plays, Woodson moved his body into Fitzgerald's path to block him on his route. Yes, Fitzgerald made contact but only because Woodson obstructed his route intentionally.
As for the "face-mask" on the fumble recovery, I have seen maybe 10 replays and I never saw a face-mask. I will look at my DVD copy now. But if I didn't notice it, and I pay attention to such things, then you can't say "the officials must have seen it." Actually, they were probably focusing on the fumble. They were pre-occupied with the ball. 
Finally, both Buck and Aikman, but especially Aikman were biased toward the Packers all game long. Aikman in particular sounded as if he had picked GB to win and was frustrated that he got it wrong. Or, it's part of FOX's policy to have their broadcasters root for the team that is bringing in the most viewers. Whatever, the Buck-Aikman team should be benched for one that has more objectivity like the Moose Johnston team.
And yeah, I just re-watched the final play and Adams does touch Rodgers face-mask/helmet. It would have been ticky-tacky. I am all for criticizing NFL officials when they appear to be biased for one team, which they sometimes are, but in this case, I imagine their focus was on the other action happening and it was a good non-call. Rodgers fumbled and Arizona deserved to win. The little touch by Adams did not impact the play. And as for the criticism that everything should be called by the rules; it isn't. On line play alone, there are multiple hands to the face fouls that are not called on every single series. For defensive backs, especially guys like Woodson, they are making contact, grabbing receivers' arms, bumping them way downfield and it isn't being called as it was in 2005. Woodson could win defensive MVP and he put on a holding and interference clinic vs. Pittsburgh. 

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2010 12:32 am

NFL Officiating....

NFL Officiating....
look all i know is the game may have ended differently had greenbay ran the ball on the first play.. with that said,those refs were makin it rain with the yellow!!!!!! i was upset with alot of the call both in favor of GB and ARZ. but in the end wasn't the worst officiating i ever seen!! ( coulda been a chargers/Denver call)

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 11:06 pm

NFL Officiating....

What face mask?  You mean the one finger Adams had on the bar of Rodgers helment?  No one can bring Rodgers down with only ONE finger grab????  Check the close up view?  It was a finger grab only by accident!

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 10:58 pm

NFL Officiating....

At least I am not the only one who saw and felt that way.  GB should have had a 1st down on the face mask and the head to head hit on rogers.  I could care less who won the game but that was pretty clear 2 missed calls...

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2010 9:15 pm

NFL Officiating....

Totally agree Buck is awful

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2010 9:08 pm

NFL Officiating....

We knew before the game that the Dallas game was going to have a ton of flags...the NFL wanted that game controlled.  That is why they got Ed Hoculi crew for their game.  It is no secret that particular officiating crew has by far the most flags and most holding calls of any other NFL crew. 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2010 9:06 pm

NFL Officiating....

I think there were some blown calls, but not to one side or the seemed pretty balanced to me...especially that incredibly bogus phantom horse collar call...The sportscasters on Sirius even said it can't be a horse collar penalty unless a player is immediately yanked down.  It is not the same as the facemask rule where a mere touch warrants a flag.  Arizona got the shaft on a few calls as well.  Overall, I would say the refs in that game were equal opportunity fools...

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 8:22 pm

NFL Officiating....

My opinion is that the referees are human just as the players are.  When a player misses a block the team pays for it.  When an offical misses a call the teams pays for it.  This happens all the time and there is no solution for it, however the Referee (white hat) is responsible for one thing only and that is the quarterback and his safety.  I cannot believe an official would miss two obvious calls in one series of downs that affected the outcome of the game.  Rodgers was clearly hit in the chin by the helmet of the Cardinal defenseman which would have resulted in offsetting penalities.  Then of course the wiinning touchdown that should not have happened.  Then you have Rodgers helmet was being pulled down by the facemask towards his chest while being tackled and the referee didn't see it.  Then I hear if the penalty had been called, Arizona would have gotten the ball minus 15 yards.  This was discussed on the EPSN show with those four clowns that think they know everything about sports.  Well they don't know the rules - as a former official, I will tell you that, Rodgers was facemasked before Arizona gained possession of the ball, therefore the touchdown should have been waived off and Green Bay should have gotten a first down because the facemask was a personal foul. 
How many games have we seen end like this and how many more will before these officials are held accountable.

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