NFL officials have received intense scrutiny over the past few seasons. Much of said scrutiny is a result of the NFL’s inability to consistently define what a catch is. After the numerous poor calls including Zach Miller and Fail Mary Part Two it is time for change. What the Sports is going on with this poor NFL officiating?
What is a catch?
Ever since Dez Bryant’s catch controversy in the 2014 playoffs, the NFL has made a consistent effort to try and determine what a catch is. Initially, it was called a catch on the field and then changed to an incompletion costing the Cowboys the game. Despite their best efforts, the only thing the NFL has proved is that in most situations referees are stubborn and the call on the field does not change. However, most times it is not this simple leaving countless fans frustrated week after week.
In addition, they have proved if you are a Seahawks receiver who catches the ball-in the end zone, it is automatically a touchdown. If you do not understand this, ask any Packers or Giants fan and they can relay their frustrations.
Zach Miller severely fractured his leg and ended his season on what should have been a touchdown, that is not right let the man finish his season right with a crucial touchdown catch.
Potential Solution 1
While this might seem crazy, one of the best improvements the NFL could make is not allowing the officials to immediately make a ruling of a TD or not. Any “catch” in the end zone should go straight to a replay review.
Take the responsibility away from the officials so the blame can lie with the replay office in New York. Most NFL fans already hate the head of the NFL office, so there is no harm in intensifying this hate further. Especially Patriot and Cowboy fans who want Roger Goodell’s head after “deflategate” and Ezekiel Elliott’s never-ending case.
Potential Solution 2
Another small solution the NFL could employ would be having another official whose sole responsibility was to stand near the end zone and be an extra eye. The more eyes the better, especially with these NFL refs where it appears even the most basic calls become difficult.
The worst part is these officials have been “trained” in the NFL rules and often look like the replacement refs of old. Ask any NFL fan, we never want to resort back to those days when the “Fail Mary” was the talk of the league.
NFL officials you have caused die hard fans enough anger and anguish over the past few weeks, it is time to make referring great again.