NFLN Says: How would team reporters fix officiating?
NFLN Says: How would players fix officiating?
"First thing is, they should be full-time. If they were full-time then they have to be fully invested in the job. It's their livelihood, you know? A lot of those guys they have corporate jobs, they're bank presidents or whatever and working an NFL game is a part-time thing. They are the only part-time people on the field. If it was their job, their full-time job, I think it's just different how they go about it. I think in any job, you can tell the people who don't really need the job to get by."
Asked what officials should do in offseason if they were full-time (a familiar complaint from owners when the topic is raised):
"Work on their craft. That what's we do. That's what coaches do. That's what scouts do, everybody in this league. And if we don't perform, we're out. It should be the same way; they should have to fix the mistakes they make or at least look at the mistakes in the offseason and talk about what happened. It's terrible the NFL is so huge, so big, and you have plays like Sunday [in the Giants-Redskins game]. That's just terrible. What if that's for home field? What if that's the Super Bowl? You gonna just send a memo and say it was a mistake and you're sorry?"
-- Anonymous Player 2
"I would say maybe be more consistent, everybody. I think just in general the calls across the league should all be even. Some refs' calls are real good, and some are bad like hits on the quarterback. It should just be the same across the league. ... I'd say the biggest [inconsistency] right now is the hits on the quarterback. It seems to me that you can't really hit them anywhere. Some refs will call it if you hit them in the chest and slide up, some won't. Some refs will call a hand to the helmet, some won't."
-- Anonymous Player 3
"I'm getting a staff in the [press box], so every bad call we're going to call down and reverse those plays. I don't want to say I'm blaming the officials, because they're only calling what they've been coached up to call. But we're going to get another crew to kind of back them up. It's not going to cost that much, we've got the money to do it. Well, I shouldn't say 'we.' They've got the money to do it.
"Any bad call would get reversed. They would have the ultimate authority in the booth to overturn what the official call on the field. For the most part, the downside would be the games take a little longer. But who cares? ... The offense is finding a way to get a leg up on everything we're doing. We're reactors on defense and they are taking advantage of these rules. I'll trade a little bit longer of a game for more right."
-- Anonymous Player 4
[ Edited by Ronnie49Lott on Feb 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM ]