Many fans and p,layers this year — more than others it seems — have voiced negative opinions on the current state of NFL officiating. Therefore Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, never one to not let himself be heard, wrote in his MMQB column Tuesday his advice for rectifying the situation.
In his column Sherman listed four possible changes that would help the refs. F
irst, simplify the rule book, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Second, add an eighth official whose full-time job is to officiate NFL games. Third would be to reconfigure officials’ positions on the field to give them better views of the action.
Finally, Sherman wants to see an improvement in the communication between players and the officials. Sherman said that there is a lack of explanation given when penalties are called, making it difficult for players to correct their mistakes.
Overall it seems Sherman’s goal is to improve gameplay, with an example being the in-game communication between officials on the field and those in New York.
Furthermore, Sherm says that he’s simply “nitpicking” and that the zebras actually do a fantastic job. He goes on to actually call out fans and others who criticize – and even threaten – officials to the extent they do.
All great suggestions, now will Roger Goodell actually act on it? I’d bet my DraftKings winnings he won’t.
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