Referees are seemingly accustomed to enduring criticism from followers, however they now might face scrutiny from executives and coaches throughout the NFL.
After a collection of controversial calls in final week’s pivotal regular-season finale between the Rams and the Seahawks, a number of executives and coaches are calling for wholesale modifications to referee choice and coaching course of, in keeping with a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The executives and coaches consider the officers missed a number of essential calls through the sport.
Seattle in the end gained in additional time, 19-16, which put an finish to the Detroit Lions playoff hopes.
Schefter additionally reported that the NFL’s competitors committee is conscious of what a supply described to ESPN “because the worst officiated sport of the yr.”
It appeared the calls in query benefited the Seahawks, however didn’t do the Lions any favors. A Seattle loss would have given Detroit an opportunity to clinch the NFC’s ultimate wild-card playoff spot.
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The Lions nonetheless went on to defeat the Packers on Sunday evening, regardless of the group already figuring out they have been eradicated from the postseason.
ESPN realized that some are calling for sweeping modifications to how the league screens, hires, and in the end trains officers in an effort to keep away from a repeat of what occurred within the Week 18 sport.
“The Lions needs to be furious,” a supply informed ESPN. “It was an terrible method for them to finish their season.”
In the fourth quarter of the Seahawks-Rams sport Los Angeles defensive finish Jonah Williams was flagged from operating into Seattle’s punter Michael Dickson.
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NFL guidelines state that operating into the kicker occurs when a defensive participant “contacts the kicking foot of the kicker, even when the kicker is airborne when the contact happens,” or when a defensive participant “slides below the kicker, stopping him from returning each toes to the bottom.”
Video replays appeared to point out Williams being pushed into Dickson which negates a operating into the kicker penalty, however officers did name operating into the kicker, giving the Seahawks higher area place and a recent set of downs. Seattle ended the drive with a game-tying area aim.
A league official informed ESPN they assessed that the referee who threw the flag didn’t have a look at the suitable angle and due to this fact didn’t see Williams being blocked into Dickson.
In the closing seconds of regulation, star defensive again Jalen Ramsey was flagged for pointless roughness for successful on quarterback Geno Smith. Seahawks vast receiver DK Metcalf proceeded to place his finger inside Ramsey’s facemask.
Metcalf was not penalized by the referees for his actions
In additional time, Smith threw an incomplete go which arguably might have been dominated as deliberately grounding. Smith’s go landed a number of yards wanting the closest eligible pass-catcher within the space, tight finish Noah Fant.
Also, through the additional time interval, Quandre Diggs intercepted a go from quarterback Baker Mayfield. Some believed Diggs engaged in taunting after the interception.
The seventh-seeded Seahawks misplaced to the 49ers on Saturday within the wild-card spherical of the playoffs.