NFL officiating is broken

The NFL products is on fire. The games have been amazing this year and TV ratings are exploding as fans come back to the stadiums and fans are excited to watch the spectacle on television.

Yet the NFL has a serious problem with officiating. Pass interference and roughing the passer calls in particular are too subjective, and we’re seeing way to many blown calls that impact game results.

Fans of every team have horror stories they can share. Browns fans can point to the obscene pass interference call on fourth down in the 4th quarter that completely changed the Browns-Chargers game.

Pass Interference call against the Browns

This week, we saw Myles Garrett held repeatedly against the Broncos as you can see from this photo posted by Garrett on his Instagram:

Myles Garrett being held vs Broncos 2021

Holding calls have always been a problem, and those are hard to fix. But when it comes to PI and roughing the passer, the NFL desperately needs a sky judge that can call flags and also overturn obviously bad calls.

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Officiating controversies dominate this week’s NFL games

The photo on the right has everyone talking today, though the one on the left shows how holding is out of control with offensive linemen as officials will only call it from time to time when it’s blatant. The call at the end of the Patriots-Panthers game last night is highlighted in the photo on the right. Tight end Rob Gronkowski was mugged by Luke Kuechly in the end zone but the refs picked up the flag as the pass was intercepted in a spot where the refs said Gronk couldn’t get the ball. But Gronk had zero chance because Kuechly was all over him. At the very least there should have been a holding call.

The call in the photo below was also controversial, as the roughing the quarterback call against the 49ers helped Drew Brees keep a drive to win the game. I agree with many who feel the NFL is ruining the game with some of the pathetic personal fouls calls, particularly when defenders just barely touch the quarterback. But here, the defenders bicep directly hit the neck of Drew Brees. Brees could have been seriously hurt on that play, and it’s precisely the type of hit the NFL is trying to penalize, so I understood that particular call.

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