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Video: Casserly on officiating inconsistencies

Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:30 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 10:31 pm

Former Broncos head coach joining Will the league do something officiating inconsistencies? Charley Casserly joined James Brown to discuss this issue. 

By Ryan Wilson

It's a pervasive season-long problem, at least in the eyes of fans, but when the postseason arrives and every game is on national television, the scrutiny intensifies because everyone's watching. During Saturday's The NFL Today pregame show, CBS Sports insider Charley Casserly talked about the inconsistencies in officiating during wild-card weekend (James Brown mentioned the Lions and Broncos).

"I've interviews a lot of people around the league about this and … there's a lot of concern this year -- more so than last year -- about the lack of consistency," Casserly said.

The biggest issue -- and this is something that's mentioned all the time -- the variance in rules enforcement from one crew to the next. Topping the list? Offensive holding, pass interference and hits to defenseless receivers.

The solution, clearly: hire officials full time. Actually, we're kidding; not knowing the rules isn't the problem. These guys have the minutiae down pat, it's just that the rule book is unwieldy and often ambiguous. In general, overregulation is a horrible idea. Why shouldn't that apply to the NFL too?

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