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While I know a lot of fans are still livid over not just the blown call, but the three games in a row of blown calls and the officials being awful in just about every NFL game I've watched this season, I feel like something is afoot.

I've been watching football for as long as I can remember, and I've seen a lot of bad officiating over the years, but this season it's really been taken to a new level.

I have a theory as to why we are seeing this. I am starting to think that the officials are retaliating against the perceived slight because the NFL changed the rules to add pass interference to the list of situations subject to instant replay. It's basically a "screw you!" to the NFL for the finger wagging as a result of the NFCCG.

This also extends to the Saints because or the dumb lawsuit and the officials being the target of Saints fans. Basically, trust between fans and officiating is no longer possible.

The NFL and officials' association have been at odds in the past because of bitter collective bargaining discussions and the whole full-time vs part-time debate. I think those issues have simmered beneath the surface for a long time now, and it's starting to show in the games.

I'm seeing very inconsistent calls with roughing penalties and shots to the head and neck area. It varies wildly from game to game. Defenseless receivers isn't getting called very much. Holding is still wildly ambiguous and subjective. Calls like OBJ getting taken out after a circus catch and then not getting a chance to finish the possession when the team had first and goal. It just goes on and on.

Of course, something we've all noticed, but not getting any media attention are the other missed calls that are overshadowed by the 2 biggest blown calls. It has made the game frustrating to watch. I can live with losing. What I can't live with are poorly officiated games.

I've never been a conspiracy theorist before, but it's getting impossible to ignore what's clearly happening around the league.
 
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When you’re assessing the flaws in a group such as NFL officials, there can be multiple reasons creating problems. So it can be the complexity of the game, bias, human error, speed and physicality, increased scrutiny, ethics, and so on.

Silverbullet gave a specific example of a system that could improve the way games are officiated. Whatever the solution, it needs to be something that sufficiently works to mitigate any of the problematic influences.

Primarily I’m pushing back against the ideas of:

-they hate us
-there is a centrally directed system in place to rig the outcome of games
While I don't disagree with your last 2 points, it doesn't make me feel any more confident in the competence or integrity of the officiating. I don't think anyone disputes that officiating has gotten worse. And the excuses I'm hearing really fall flat for me.

For example, I have heard a lot about the speed of the game getting faster. I've been to hundreds of games at all levels of competition, I've also officiated games in little league. While the speed of the game is certainly a lot faster at these NFL level, it's not so fast that correct calls are that much more difficult to make. These officials have been trained and should be used to the speed of the game. If the game is too fast for them, maybe it stands to reason that they're not cut out to officiate at the hehe pro level. Sure there will be bang-bang plays. The blown call in the NFCCG wasn't a bang-bang play, that's an easy call to make. The lost seconds at the end of the half in week 1 wasn't a bang-bang play. The one Sunday with the fumble called was closest to bang-bang, but even that one, the ball clearly slipped out of Goff's hand before the ball squirted forward.

The rules have changed and are myriad, but if they are pros, they should have and firm grasp of the rules. There's no excuse for not knowing the rules.

To me, from my prior experience and observations it's just becoming very difficult to chalk this up to incompetence or no knowing the rules.
 

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Ok, why didn’t the league just rig it so the Rams won the Super Bowl?
Who knows...?

Why does the NFL have so much money vested in Los Angeles..? Did they do that in any other NFL city?
Zach Strief actually just wrote an interesting article about the officiating (and also calling for patience with Bridgewater). Well worth the read:
I know I stated a thread about Bridgewater not being the answer after the game; however, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and a full weeks practice with the firsts to see what he does..

But if the guy just stands there again looking for receivers and not being able to read a defense... What should I think..?
 

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