There are a lot of people who are getting fed up with the lack of consistency from NFL officiating crews. Mike Vrabel is one of them.
According to a report from ESPN, the Tennessee Titans head coach blasted the NFL’s officiating in a passive-aggressive email this past week, which was sent out to all the league’s coaches, GM’s and the NFL’s officiating department.
Every week, the league’s officiating department sends out an email to all coaches and general managers regarding the previous week’s officiating. But this time, Vrabel wasn’t interested in hearing what the league had to say.
Rather, he responded to everyone in the email chain with the following statement:
“I appreciate the time and energy that goes into these videos, but I suggest we devote every minute of our officiating departments’ time ensuring our officiating crews are as well trained in the clarifications we worked to create in the off season and that each crew is as consistent as possible. Thank you.”
My guess is at least 90 percent of the coaches and general managers around the league who received Vrabel’s response immediately agreed with it. After all, he does have a point. And anyone who saw last week’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons knows exactly what I’m talking about.
All anyone seemed to want to talk about after that game was the horrific, game-changing roughing the passer penalty that was called on Grady Jarrett for a clean hit on Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.
I think it’s about time we start holding these officials accountable for their poor performances… Or at least help them out with a sky-judge or booth reviews for roughing the passer calls.
Whatever the case may be, one thing’s for sure: When it comes to officiating, the NFL needs to do better.