So after the game, I read and commented on a lot of post that were filled with subject matter dealing with poor officiating, NFL being garbage, etc... At the time everyone was upset about the game and probably rightfully so. When this happens it definitely can be seen as whining, but in the end that doesn't mean there isn't a problem with the game that we all grew up loving. I would like to take this time to share some of my thoughts.
1.) All the new rules that have to do with hard hits on a WR is generally ruining the game. It is like trying to control chaos. When you try to change one variable of this chaotic environment, it negatively effects other aspects. For certain, it has added more penalties to a game that already has too many penalties that are left up to the judgement of officials. There is no way that these penalties can ever be administered consistently, and the more of these types of judgement calls really can put the result of the game.
I have heard time and time again the old cliche of "the penalties didn't matter, they just didn't do enough to win." Although that may be true, but does that mean the actual victor really did enough to win? In the age of football with salary caps and a large talent pool, the overall talent gaps between teams are not really that large. As we saw in the NFCCG, the two teams are very close talent wise. And yes, the niners had many lost opportunities, but on the flip side so did the Seahawks. What happens if Rogers doesn't get a bogus penalty and the niners find themselves in better field position to score? What if Hitner doesn't get a bogus penalty that keeps the seahawks drive alive? Its a lot of what ifs but the problem is we will never know thanks to the increasing amount of judgement penalties officials are allowed to make.
Furthermore, the more these judgement penalties are incorporated, the more plausible a fixed game is. The more the officials are allowed to control the game by using their judgement, the easier it is for them to control the outcome. Again, we are dealing with a very small talent gap between teams. It isn't Alabama vs Grand Valley State (no offense to each school). So games are usually decided by 1 key 3rd down, or starting at the 10 instead of the 20. All it would take is oh lets say a key defensive holding call that keeps a drive alive so they can get a field goal... well you get the point. There are many reasons why it is plausible to think that games are fixed and there is much research on the subject matter. But I will leave you with this, There is a unearthly amount of money being thrown around in the NFL, and since they can legally fix games due to its entertainment branding... would it be really that unbelievable. Many people scoffed at the idea of boxing matches being fixed but now we know better. Look at the jets/patriots game. Look at the Caroline/Patriots game. Look at the chiefs/chargers game. Perhaps 49ers/Saints game.... can we just chalk it up to bad officiating?
2.) Speaking of holding.. If the NFL continues its policy of succumbing to teams and not throwing flags just because it disturbs the ebbs and flow of the game... Its going to ruin the game. More specifically, there's going to make the talent gap between players that much smaller. Honestly, if players are allowed to hold, whats the point of having a revis on the team when you can have a byron maxwell... He looks just as good if he's allowed to grab on to the receivers. Same thing with the Likes of a JR Sweezy and Joe Staley. Anybody can hold.. it doesn't take talent at all. And its not even the best players just get away with it type of deal anymore, it just happens in broad daylight and the refs aren't calling it anymore. The league is starting to latch on to this. I noticed in the 49ers Packers game, the Packers D totally changed their defensive philosophy to mirror that of the seahawks. Man to Man, grab on for dear life, hit them before the ball gets there. Whatever no name 4th string CB green bay used against crabtree was looking like Champ Bailey in his prime. That needs to stop
It still may come off as whining, but really its just because I loved watching this game in the 80/90s. It was just pure those days. And now the more and more money that is getting involved, the less pure it seems. I will admit that I was the type to start getting mad when they began to strictly enforce the "well if it looks like he's going out of bounds you can't hit him or its gonna be a penalty" type of thing. (If you ask me he needs at least two steps out of bounds!!!) I can barely watch the game anymore. I will still follow the 49ers, and root for them... But until the NFL can make some changes, I probably won't be watching to0 much NFL. Seems like NCAA and NHL is all I will have left!