I love that one. Sorry Saints, we blew one of the most obvious calls in the history of football. No Superbowl for you. I was hoping to see Mark Ingram get to a Superbowl, so he could have a national championship and superbowl ring.NFL admitted they got it wrong.
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Referees are humans. Humans are corruptible. Ergo....I thought the refs blew several calls against us against Clemson, but that no call in the Saints-Rams game is probably the most unbelievable no call I've ever seen. The defender wasn't even remotely trying to play the ball, he was beat so he just ran right thru the receiver and expected a flag. Also had helmet to helmet on the play. It was a hard fought game both ways, but that call took a Superbowl away from the Saints. If that is called correctly, it is a first down for the Saints, and they can run most of the clock out before they could either score a TD or kick a field goal for the win. I think the NFL wanted LA in there because they think the California market actually cares about football. Now they are reporting down here that the no call referee actually lives in LA. That wasn't the only missed call in the game, but it was the worst missed call, at the most crucial time in a game, I've ever seen. Pretty much makes me think someone made a lot of money on this game.
The roughing the passer rule has gotten out of hand in the NFL. I am betting it will not be long before this trickles down to college. The powers that be are patting themselves on the back so it will not change (it may some how get worse). You cannot go high, you cannot go low, and my personal favorite you cannot land on the QB. They are almost eliminating sacks all together.There was just a horrible roughing the passer call on the chiefs. Never touched Brady’s head but, you breath in a QB in the NFL and they throw a flag. Ridiculous.
Officials are human. I have no problem with the mistake. But if I made a mistake like that where I work, I would be fired. Period. Heck, my whole team would be fired. The real world is a tough place. Somehow officials get to live in a land where there are no consequences and excuses are piled atop excuses for their mistakes.From a fan's perspective, what do you feel is the appropriate level of accountability for a miss like that? Do you only hold the deep official who has primary coverage on that call but due to angle can't always tell the timing of the contact with the location of the ball? The back judge and short wing have secondary coverage and both would have a much better angle on the location of the ball in relation to the contact. Are they all treated the same? The referee is focused on the QB and has no idea what happens downfield. He'll hear the fans booing but they boo all the time. Does he face any accountability?
How much of an impact does the timing of the call make when it comes to accountability? What if that happened midway through the third quarter? Is it any less wrong then? What if the Saints actually stop the Rams on the last drive and win the game or win in OT? Does that change how you hold the official(s) accountable?
If you say they should be fired and never work in the NFL again, what about the DE from the Chiefs who was called for offsides late in their game? His mistake impacted that game just as much as this no-call impacted the NFC game. Should he be cut and never signed by another team as well? It's not a perfect analogy but you can draw parallels.
Keep in mind the officials working yesterday were graded in the top 3 of their position this year and had worked a combined 70 playoff games prior to this week. They had already proven they were the best of the best. Does all that go away because of one really bad judgement error?
There was an even more ridiculous makeup call for the Chiefs/ Pats when there was a 40 yard illegal pick play on the following drive. The refs didn’t have much of an impact on the end result because it was a game of bad call- bad makeup call. The Saints didn’t have that luxury but in the end they did it to themselves by settling for 3 fgs in the red zone.There was just a horrible roughing the passer call on the chiefs. Never touched Brady’s head but, you breath in a QB in the NFL and they throw a flag. Ridiculous.