I am only 31. However, I wonder how it is that players, media and fans all understood what a catch was for decades. Now, determining what a catch feels like a person has to read the terms and conditions on the back of a receipt.
Late in the season when teams are trying to make the playoffs, the officiating has been questionable, again. In the Washington-Chicago game a couple of weeks ago, Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed a potential game-tying 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. One big thing that was lost on the play was the fact that the Redskins lined up with seven men to one side of the field goal formation, which is illegal. In the Philadelphia-Buffalo game, there were inconsistencies as to what was an interception, let alone what is holding.
If the National Football League is serious actually believes in accountability for the product that it puts on the field, then Roger Goodell has to replace Head of Officiating Dean Blandino. It’s just time for him to go. A committee should not have to be made just to determine what a catch is and the officiating has gotten progressively worse over the last few seasons.
“No one is above the game or the rules that govern it. Respect for the game and the people who participate in it will not be compromised.”
Those are the words of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The commissioner is not above the rules. They person whose job is to uphold the rules of the game is not above it either. I am sorry but it is time for a change.