NFL Not Backing Off Of Increased Calls


refereesThe NFL’s head of officiating Dean Blandino has said that the NFL isn’t going to back off of the increased penalty calls that viewers have seen during the preseasons 1st 2 weeks. The increased penalties are largely a result of tighter calls on defensive holding and illegal contact, primarily on the defensive side of the ball as well.

The new emphasis being placed on these specific penalties has resulted in a vastly increased number of penalty calls over years past, and the NFL officiating committee has no plans to back off of the increased calls.

“The way the game’s being officiated now is the way it’s going to be officiated when the season begins,” Blandino said. “We have to remain consistent. I knew we’d see a spike in calls when we put out these points of emphasis. But coaches adjust, and players adjust. They have to, and they know it. And we’ll correct our officials when we feel they’re being over-zealous with certain calls.”

Blandino also claims that most teams are looking for penalties to be called. “Plus, I would say that between 70 and 75 percent of the calls I’ve gotten from teams after their games this preseason are asking the question, ‘Why weren’t there more calls?’ I had a call today from a team with seven questions, and six were, ‘Why wasn’t a foul called on this play?’” Blandino said.

While the number of penalties being called should decrease once players adjust to the new frequency of fouls of this nature, there is certainly reason for NFL fans to be upset.

Over most of the reign of commissioner Roger Goodell, rule changes have largely limited what defensive players can do, shifting more focus to explosive offense. Personally I think many of the rule changes are going too far, severely impeding defensive success, throwing off the balance of the game.

It still doesn’t appear like that will change any time soon.

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