Well, it’s happened again. A major confusion about the rules has arguably cost a team a game. Again. This time, that someone is the Lions, which just proves that Detroit can’t have nice things. The lucky beneficiary of the non-call? Why, our old friends the Seattle Seahawks, who once again hit pay dirt on an official’s blunder on a Sunday night game – Fail Mary, anyone? Now, it’s not Seattle’s fault that this has happened on their home turf again. It just always leaves me wondering why the good teams seem to get all the breaks. Don’t get me started…
Let’s look at this issue from a more practical point of view –
Why do NFL officials miss calls, anyway? Allow me to drop some knowledge.
Football officials are commonly called “referees” but there is actually only one referee on the field. There are also umpires, linesman and various judges on the team of seven officials.
Rules in the NFL are extremely complicated. Rules enforcement in the NFL is extremely complicated. Officials have a case book with more than 1,000 plays and rules that apply to all of them.
And last year, they got calls right 95.9 percent of the time, according to the league’s evaluators. With an average salary of $173,000 and many only working part time, all I can say is I certainly hope so. Yes, officials are human and as long as they are, the next victim could be your team.