Not only are the penalties continuing to climb as week three brings in 235* penalties for a loss of 2085* yards. But it seems the Referees are getting even more flustered in their positions. As tempers in many games flare up to confrontation the Referees would let pushing and shoving go for too long in some instances and not be able to get it under control or would start calling penalties on everything that seemed to move. The referees just don’t seem to be able to get it together.
In one instance that could have drastically altered the play, a Referee in the Dallas Cowboys against Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws his hat into the end zone and causes the Cowboys number 85 Kevin Ogletree to slip making him ineligible to be thrown the football for a touchdown. This forced the Cowboys to kick off a field goal and take 3 points instead of the hopeful 7. The Cowboys did end up winning over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 – 10 and Ogletree was not hurt during his slip.
With moves like these it leaves the coaches and players defenseless as the NFL has released memos that the officials are not to be berated. This includes saying anything about the way they call a game. Everyone knows a coach will complain about a call but now they are sticking those coaches with fines.
Another blooper for the Referees comes from their lack of experience and causing the plays to have long pauses between each snap. One advantage to the offense is to get a quick snap and catch the defense offguard. The teams are unable to do that if the Referees continue to wait 10-30 seconds between calls just to get the discussion on the field cleared and the ball placed.
One coach is in the hot seat of a possible fine for touching a Referee as they ran off the field. Every scoring play will be reviewed. Well apparently that isn’t always the case as New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick found out. A last second field goal made by the Baltimore Ravens. The kick was called good but B. Belichick wanted to know if it was going to be reviewed. In the coaches defense the kick did get very close to the right pole. But the Referees wouldn’t answer his questions.
With continued mistakes Referees gave 49ers extra time-outs and challenges, while hard hits that should have been called were left ignored.
Then you have the end of the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks game where one ref says touchdown and then one ref says interception. Green Bay player Jennings has a clear interception over Seattle player Tate but the call goes in favor of the Seahawks.
NFL continues to talk about the good job the Referees are doing under the conditions. Hopefully NFL or the Referees get with the game soon before someone gets seriously injured.
*Numbers taken from ESPN stats listed on ESPN.com