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Moss' Penalty for Taunting
Posted by Chris Liss at 9/11/2006 9:15:00 PM
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Moss got a 15-yard penalty for flipping the ball to Nate Kaeding on the sideline after the catch. Is new commish Roger Goodell responsible for this b.s. new policy of ticky-tack foul calling on the league's "bad boys"? If so, he's off to a bad start.

And why won't Marty Schottenheimer let Philip Rivers play? I know they're up 13-0, but it's ridiculous to hand the ball off 20 times in a row when it's no longer working.


Another example would be the roughing call on Sean Taylor in the Washington-Minnesota game. That was as ridiculous a call as you'll ever see. The NFL has a problem. It's slowly losing its credibility with officiating. Sure, NFL refs get the vast majority of calls correct, but this isn't basketball where there are many opportunities to overcome a bad call. A handful of plays determine the outcome of a football game. One bad call can have a huge impact. Even if it doesn't directly determine the winner, a bad call can become one of those handful of plays that help determine the outcome. For example, the pass interference call in the Giants game.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 9/12/2006 11:02:00 AM
I really do think that reputation has an impact on officials calls (can't believe Theisman wouldn't admit it on MNF - he is clueless). On the replay though, it did look like Taylor's hit was helmet-to-helmet, which would warrant a personal foul.
Posted by hainesbl at 9/12/2006 2:34:00 PM
I'm a Minnesota fan and I'll tell you that Taylor hit on Robinson wasn't a personal foul. He hit him right on the shoulder, just like a solid body check in hockey. But the call on Erasmus James pushing the QB in the shoulders was equally worse. You can't push a QB to the ground .2 seconds after he throws the ball, but they don't call a blow to the head on the Trent Green slide?? I thought they were protecting QB's and shots to the head?? At some point you have to distinguish to the players what is a foul and what isn't. I'd say a big forearm to the head while a QB is sliding is 50x worse than pushing him down right after the ball is thrown. Perriera and crew have spent thousands of hours with the refs going over these things, and they still blow 4-5 calls a game, and a good 3-4 this week with games on the line. I'm not expecting them to be perfect, but like Chris said, don't make stuff up that isn't there. I also saw a few instant replays in which they blew this weekend. Even when it is right in front of their faces on video they can't get the call right. The NFL has to do something about this, to say it's ridiculous is an understatement.
Posted by schwang2u at 9/12/2006 6:10:00 PM

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