dgan wrote:There was a lot of bad officiating today IMO - inconsistent Roughing the QB was top of the list.
Yeah, I noticed that. In some games a defender giving the QB a slight tap a second and a half after the ball was released is called for roughing... but in other games, a defender clearly and blatantly roughing isn't called. One play in the Cleveland/Pittsburgh game comes to mind - Shaun Rogers delivered a helmet-first blow to Ben Roethlisberger's (injured) shoulder several seconds after the ball was thrown, and no roughing was called.
I know each officiating crew is different, but it would be nice if they were calling from the same rulebook.
Definitely agreed on the play stoppage in questionable situations. If a reasonable observer could believe a fumble occured, the refs should allow the play to continue, even if they believe it to be an incomplete pass or down by contact. I believe the officials can indicate the call on the field by hand signal without while allowing the play to continue by not whistling it dead if there is doubt about what exactly happened, correct?
It all comes down to the core principle of officiating - the players need to determine the outcome of the game, not the officials. If the officials want to play, they can go work out for a team (I know I've seen a few officials keep pace with wide receivers; some of those older guys are surprisingly athletic).