Monday, December 07, 2015

Benny hill and officiating

Dave - no offense taken, no doubt leadership is an issue. But as long as Benny hill underperforms, I'm going to continue to call out his shortcomings.

When the offense was "changed" to better mirror what Campbell wants, I would have expected Tannehill to at least play at a level that's mediocre. Instead, yesterday, he regressed and was bad.

It shows that Lazors approach did maximize Tannehill as much as he possibly could - and now we're seeing the future.

One game sample, I know.

But 86 yards? Really?

And that brings me around to officiating. When it was still 0-0, the Ravens got to a 2nd and 1 near the Dolphins end zone. The Ravens were "stopped" on 3 consecutive downs. And the Dolphins should feel fortunate and that may have been a point where the defense felt like they could rise up and win.

Only. The Ravens got a first down on all three attempts. Watch the replay. They were not stopped short.

But the official on the far side seemed totally out of synch. His job is to stay in a line with the ball; move up as the ball moves.

But on all 3 downs he started one - two yards upfield where he couldn't see the ball. And then ran in diagonally to spot the ball.

In a game of inches his position can spot the ball incorrectly. And he did.

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad he did because a wins a win. But wow. Imagine if he had spotted it correctly. Might have been a different game
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Your point is clear, but if you truly want to discuss officiating and spotting balls, you should look no further than when New England plays at home. There is some serious "Home Cooking" there.

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Officiating in the NFL has gotten so bad, many times it seems fixed. You want to see bad officiating, look at New England or Green Bay. I watch these teams and wonder if I'm looking at pro wrestling.

There is definitely something fishy going on in the NFL with officiating. It started with the Tuck Rule.... basically the rules are used to make champions, not the play on the field.

I blame lawyers.

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Yes, one game sample. Nothing more needs to be said.

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This is getting way too old, we all know how you feel about tannehill but why is he the only player you ever call out? that's what I expect from people who don't know football all they know is to blame the qb but I assume ur better than that. When his stats are good you guys ignore it and say they're padded stats but when the stats are bad that's your bible

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You hit the nail on the head Jason Gibbs. If he had a perfect qb rating it would've been disregarded and tainted. I honestly ignore this guy's rational but for the sake of being open minded, I look to see what he writes. Most of it is trash, matter fact, if his postings were judged as harshly as starting qb's stats (tannehill), he'd be out of a job. Luckily for him, it's only a blog.

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Let me first state that i have been officiating high school football for 26 years.

As far as officiating the wings, the goal is to see the ball not worry about being perfectly even with the running back. 99% of the time you are trailing the runner a yard or more.

Sometimes you don't see the ball through the runner so you try to mirror the opposite side official's spot. Sometimes down by the goal line with all the bodies you cannot see the ball so you try by instinct to gage by his posture and where you last saw him holding the ball against his body. Now you are ruling blind but you have no choice.

I am not defending any calls just explaining from my experience what happens out there.

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Let me first state that i have been officiating high school football for 26 years.

As far as officiating the wings, the goal is to see the ball not worry about being perfectly even with the running back. 99% of the time you are trailing the runner a yard or more.

Sometimes you don't see the ball through the runner so you try to mirror the opposite side official's spot. Sometimes down by the goal line with all the bodies you cannot see the ball so you try by instinct to gage by his posture and where you last saw him holding the ball against his body. Now you are ruling blind but you have no choice.

I am not defending any calls just explaining from my experience what happens out there.

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I agree with Linearz. I think he nailed it, especially with the Pats. They have had the most favorable calls for years now and I do feel like the game is fixed sometimes, even though I know its not. Officiating is a horribly tough job where they only see the play in full speed one time while we see the play on TV in slow motion multiple times, so I feel for the refs at times. But when they blew that Bobby McCain PI call that screwed the Ravens out of a TD, I was pissed and I'm a dolphins fan.

We have suffered through so many bad calls like that, it just brought back all the infuriating moments like when Roesthlesraper fumbled the ball into the end zone years ago and they said it was a TD and when Karlos Williams fumbled into the endzone earlier this year. (Those plays were reviewed and still blown) Point is, when its a bang-bang play that is non reviewable, I'm ok with the refs getting it wrong once in a while, anyone would. But when they just call imaginary pretend penalties or blow reviewed calls, I cant help but feel like there is an agenda at work. Even if there isn't.

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How many times did Mia get screwed on calls so they are still due another 10 calls just to get close to even.