As it turns out, most fans don’t want an official making the same decision in the fourth quarter as they did in the first.
following the Kansas City Chiefs win in Super Bowl LVII, the biggest story was the late-game called defensive hold that allowed the Chiefs to run out nearly the entire clock before kicking a go-ahead field goal. The call didn’t do much to improve Kansas City’s field position, which was already deep inside. philadelphia eagles territory, but let about a minute of play run out before the Eagles could attempt a comeback.
The dispute was not over the feasibility of the call, with even Eagles cornerback James Bradberry admitting he stopped it, hoping the officials would decide not to throw the flag.
But in the latest SB Nation Reacts poll, fans said they’d like officers to use a little discretion when making calls. Nearly two-thirds of NFL fans said they would like referees to be aware of the context of what their call would mean.
It is not an unheard of concept. Basketball fans are used to seeing refs swallow the whistle on the final play of a game, avoiding making a last-second call unless it’s a blatant transgression.
Of course, this is a tremendously slippery slope. Allowing this would give the referees not only the decision of what exactly is a penalty, but also what deserves be called a penalty. Maybe the league could put perimeters around what’s allowed, only leaving refs this kind of leeway in the last minute of a game.
Fortunately, Roger Goodell believes that NFL officials are better now than ever in the history of the game. A sentiment fans almost certainly agree with…
Oh no, we’re never going to find out what a catch really is.