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Thu Sep 19, 2019, 04:53 PM

2019 NFL penalties.

I read an article where Troy Aikman indicated that there were too many penalties being called in games so far this season. The statistic for this season did appear to be the highest recorded.

What I see is officials get the calls right most of the time once video review is checked, so I question Aikman's complaint, but he is a Hall of Fame player (and maybe some day, Announcer) who knows what he is seeing.

In thinking about the issue, my guess is that two things can be done. Holding penalties should be reviewed, as well as blocking from behind. I see calls for both penalties where a player is a little off on the angle, but made a clean block. The second thing would be making officials full time employees and paying them enough so that no other job appeals to them. Since they get assigned to games, their travel, reasonable meals and lodging SHOULD already be being paid for by the NFL. What officials working year around does, IMO, would be to give them time to become highly familiar with new rules and evaluate every penalty and wrong non-call from the past season, the idea is that they should become more uniform in their calls and increase their accuracy rate.

I thought about penalizing coaches that throw jackass challenge flags, but doing that may have an unintended negative effect on the game.

Do you think there are too many penalties being called? If so, what would be your solution.

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TheRealNorth Sep 19 #1
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customerserviceguy Sep 19 #2
Blue_true Sep 19 #4
customerserviceguy Sep 19 #5
JonLP24 Sep 20 #6

Response to Blue_true (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 05:05 PM

1. I have only watched 3-4 games

But nearly all the penalties looked legit. Is Troy Aikman becoming the Donald Trump of football where we don't follow the rules and then don't throw the flags because it slows down the game?

I used to like football, but the conservatives are ruining it like they did Nascar.

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Response to TheRealNorth (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 06:52 PM

3. Aikman does not like penalties because he thinks they disrupt the flow of the game.

I honestly don't know what his politics are, he seems to hold that close. Based upon him being from Oklahoma, I would guess some flavor of conservative.

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Response to Blue_true (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 06:24 PM

2. I like your ideas

especially studying the past blown calls.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 06:59 PM

4. I envision three phases if they are full time.

1. Studying existing and new rules as a combined group before any play starts and calibrating teams of officials to the rules. 3-3.5 months.

2. Calling preseason, regular season and postseason games. August to February.

3. After season review of every game, examining calls and no calls against the rulebook. Duration 1-2 months, intensive.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 11:19 PM

5. Again

great ideas.

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Response to Blue_true (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 01:43 AM

6. I think the game is unrecognizable like kicking extra points further away

They changed the overtime rules after a Saints Vikings playoff game. Now you have a chance to tie with a field goal or win with a touchdown. All that wouldn't have been necessary if they moved the kickoff forward (they moved it back years ago to increase scoring) well they did do for player safety that plus they moved touchback up to the 25. If they kept it at the 20 a touchback in overtime would mean a 50/50% for both teams to score.

Because of tie game where no one scored on Sunday Night Football they shortened overtime to 10 minutes (completely unnecessary for a sudden death quarter) so now there's going to be more 3-3 ties in overtime such as Arizona & Detroit where clock ran out on both teams.

I would keep the kickoff where it is at now, put touchbacks at the 20 and go back to traditional overtime rules.

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