Make officials accountable
One of the biggest takeaways from Sunday’s non-call was the response by NFL officiating after the game. According to Pro Football Talk, they said the call was “considered for review” but they decided not to.
How do you arbitrarily decide not to review the call? What harm would have come from it? They decided the non-pass interference call against the Cardinals a minute earlier was good enough to review.
It turns out it was probably good they did so because although it was questionable, I believe ultimately in that situation you had to call pass interference. The Buccaneers got a touchdown out of it.
So, a minute later they happen to decide all of a sudden they don’t need to review? Well, I’ll tell you why it didn’t happen. They don’t want to hold officials accountable for a Hail Mary-type play.
But why not? Why are the officials some kind of protected fraternity. They are human and they do make mistakes. So why is it so difficult to allow for that?
Even if they do get rid of the pass interference, they need to do a better job of making these officials accountable. Oh they say they do and they get graded, but please, they don’t really or we wouldn’t be talking about the same individuals making horrible calls year after year.
There are some good officials. Even the best of them make mistakes. We all make mistakes. We all are held accountable in our own jobs, so why can’t they be?