Stop if you’ve heard this before: NFL officials are having a more than tough season, are repeatedly impacting games the league-over and coaches and players alike are fed up with it.
At several points this season, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has sent film to the league for review and explanation, and while the public never hears the results of those inquiries, the NFL has come out and acknowledged incorrect calls in at least two Giants games this season.
In Week 16, the zebras once again made sure to impact games, with bad call/no calls in games between the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers, and Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints serving as the primary examples.
But in a 28-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Giants felt the late impact of some questionable calls — calls Shurmur feels the NFL and its owners should address this offseason.
“I think the penalties you are probably referring to are the pass interference and the defensive holding-type penalties. They are in a mostly throw it game and we are out there competing and battling and we fell victim to that a little bit. Well then backed up we get a holding call on a screen,” Shurmur said after the loss. “What’s happening now on screen passes is, and we got to look at the rule, the defenders are just turning their backs and that’s becoming a block in the back.
“I don’t know, we need to talk about that. When a defender just runs solid downhill and turns his back on a blocker that is coming flat down the line so maybe something fun to discuss in the offseason, but we can’t have them. That screen pass we threw backed up and gave us some breathing room.”
The NFL and its officials have a lot more than just that to discuss in the offseason. 2018 has been an awful year from them, seeing one official fired and a second suspended, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. The problems run deep and it’s left many, including Shurmur, with an unparalleled level of frustration.