A Fanpost by Tyrone
This is a random idea that I started thinking about as a result of the refs almost blowing the Chiefs-Chargers Monday Night game (not that the Chiefs needed much help with that). I’ve come up with a system (and by system, I mean a few jumbled thoughts that popped out of my head), where the NFL is punished for bad calls, and the affected teams are compensated. Since they can’t seem to get the calls right during the games, even now with seemingly every other play being reviewed, and changing the results of games after the fact not being an option, I’ve got a “solution”.
Premise: Not all bad calls are equally damaging.
Under this proposed system, a team who gets screwed by a bad call submits their particular grievance to the NFL to be logged for later review. A team can lodge a maximum of, let’s say, 10 calls each per season. At the end of the season (Say, after the Super Bowl) a panel of experts (Who? I don’t know.), or maybe the fans, or some combination of both votes on the severity of each blown call.
The severity of the call is determined by a number of factors including:
· How egregious the mistake was
· The impact on the result of the game
· The impact of the result of the game on the season
· Any other miscellaneous implications
For example, the decision to stop the clock near the end of the Chiefs-Chargers Monday night game was pretty clearly bad, but it didn’t end up having a huge impact, since the Chiefs still won the game. If the Chargers had scored a TD there and won the game with under 20 seconds left that call would have been rated much worse. The Saints-Rams non-PI call from last year’s NFCCG would have been on the extremely high end of the scale. It arguably cost the Saints a Super Bowl berth.
The benefit of doing it this way is that it takes the decision making away from the NFL, and puts it in the hands of people who are more in touch with reality and who aren’t trying to cover their own asses all the time.
The penalties and compensation are fines and draft picks. For very low end mistakes, the league may be fined $100,000 with the money going to the affected team’s salary cap. As the severity of the errors increase so do the financial penalties, which may go up to a few million dollars. Once the blown calls start getting so bad that fines aren’t enough, that’s when we start involving draft picks. These would work in pretty much the same way as Free Agency Compensatory picks, except they would not max out at a third round pick.
Going back to the Saints-Rams NFCCG non-PI call, the restitution for that mistake would be something in the range of $5 million ($3 million of that being added the team’s salary cap for the following year, the remaining $2 million being a cash payment) and an end-of-second-round draft pick.
Why is this a Good Idea?
The purpose of this system is twofold:
1. Hold the league accountable for bad officiating in the hope that it will trigger some sort of change to improve things.
2. Compensate affected teams. You can’t retroactively change the results of games, so if a team was unfairly penalized, give them an advantage next season.
Now, obviously this would never, ever happen for a number of reasons, the most obvious reason being that the NFL would have to implement it, and they would never implement something that allows them to look bad. There are also better options for “fixing” the officiating. In my opinion the entire culture around officiating is broken. It needs a complete rebuild from the ground up. Again, I don’t know if that is something the NFL will ever do, but until that happens fans will rightfully distrust the officiating of games.
So, with all that in mind, what would the compensation for the Triplette forward-progress call be?