After nearly every game he has played, Tom Brady’s jersey is clean. When he is knocked down frequently or ‘sacked,’ he often loses. He does not like contact. The truth is that if every coach protected his quarterback the way Bill Belichick does, they would all be in the Hall of Fame.
All professional quarterbacks can make accurate throws if they are not threatened by players from the opposing team.
Patriot’s owner, Robert Kraft, is close friends with Commissioner Roger Goodell; Goodell controls the referees. I have watched Brady get knocked down after releasing a pass, look up at the official closest to him, and a late ‘roughing the passer’ penalty is called.
I have watched hundreds of NFL games. I can make an honest statement and say that the officials in professional football are the worst in all sports. Two non-calls changed the future of teams and players, and this is unforgivable.
Super Bowl XLVII was given to the Baltimore Ravens; they did not deserve it. When a referee failed to call pass interference in the end zone, the San Francisco 49ers never recovered, and neither did their quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
Last year’s NFC championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints resulted in a rule change. A blatant non-call by a referee in front of a television camera gave the victory to the Rams. Pass interference is now included in calls which can be reviewed by league officials.
However, when a referee intentionally makes a bad call; favoring one team over others; this is criminal.
Players and coaches are not allowed to criticize the referees or be fined and possibly suspended. This is un-American.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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