Ok, so it’s time to rail on the officials again today … I just can’t let this one go … that is the inconsistency of the roughing the passer call we saw this past Sunday. Yesterday’s calls, two of them that I will mention here, were out of bounds, at least as I saw it from my easy chair.
The first call came in New Orleans when Roman Harper of the Saints took Jay Cutler to the ground. I can’t find anyone, even the Bears’ beat writers, who actually thought this was roughing the passer. It looked like a simple tackle to me. Nothing rough about it.
When pressed for an explanation, the official’s official response was that Harper had “continued contact” with Cutler. Puhhhlease!
The second call, or in this case, non-call. Came in the Eagles-Falcons game on NBC last night. Former Packers defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins simply lit up Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan, clearly leading with his helmet and nearly knocking the quarterback’s head off.
The result? No call.
There’s got to be some happy medium with this rule. Either make the call consistently or get rid of it. It’s fast becoming one of the embarrassments of the league officiating. Yes, it seems it’s becoming a judgment call, which it shouldn’t be. If the league is going to enforce it, then come up with a better set of criteria with its enforcement.
Nobody likes to see hits to the head, especially when it involves a quarterback or an unprotected player. But consistency in levying penalties and fines should be looked at by the league.
These two calls had no bearing on the outcome of the game, but there will be a day when it does. I would hate to see that happen in a Super Bowl.
Ok, so I’m done railing now.