Now this is an article that bears repeating and re-reading.
I hope you follow the link and read it if you haven't seen it already. It's about the ridiculous state of the non-calls by NFL Refs and how it's designed to assist the offense. It really bears on many, many things we discuss here pertaining to how the game has changed and cross-generational comparisons of players.
In a nutshell it isn't your father's NFL. Please comment if you will.
The officiating was a travesty today,” Garrett said during his post-game press conference. “It was honestly awful. And the fact that they’re letting them get away with hands to the face, holding, false starting — I know they called a couple, but damn, they could have called it all game. And [there was] the one that cost us down on the 2-yard line.
I mean, respect to those guys, it’s a hard job, but hell, we have a hard job as well. You can’t make it harder by throwing holding and hands to the face out the rulebook. And like I said, I got a lot of respect for those guys, but we get scrutinized for the plays that we don’t make. So someone has to hold them accountable for the plays or the calls they don’t make. And they need to be under the same kind of microscope as we are every single play.