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

Video: Casserly on officiating inconsistencies


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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Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:28 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2011 1:15 pm
 

NFL to refs: Err on side of caution with flags

Clark's collision with Dickson resulted in a $40,000 fine. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson


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Prepare to get angry, NFL fans who already think games are over-officiated. According to CBS Sports NFL insider Charley Casserly, the league prefers that officials "err on the side of caution when penalizing a player for a defenseless hit."

"Furthermore," Casserly said Saturday on The NFL Today, "they've also been told that they will not be downgraded if they make a mistake in this area. The reason: the NFL does not want [them] to hesitate on making this kind of call.

"Now personally, I disagree with this," Casserly said. "When I was on the competition committee, we told the officials: 'If you see it, call it. If you don't see it, don't think that you saw it. Don't call it in that situation.' Our feelings: let fines alter behavior."


With all of the controversial calls this season regarding defenseless players being hit, Charley Casserly spoke with James Brown about what is being done to solve this ongoing issue.

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