New Orleans Saints continue to have ref problems
It’s time for the NFL to recognize that it has an officiating problem
Following the catastrophic blown call during the New Orleans Saints-LA Rams game last season, many fans are still upset. They still want to see justice prevail and many showed up for last night’s game against the Houston Texans wearing referee uniforms as a sign of silent protest. That silent protest turned boisterous when the officiating squad once again showed that it can’t properly call a game.
The most popular shirt seen at last night’s game wasn’t a Brees or a Kamara jersey. It was a zebra’s outfit – a shirt with vertical black and white stripes – and a whistle. Some fans carried yellow flags (perhaps to show refs how they’re supposed to be used) and others had stenciled “Thief” on the back in red block letters.
It’s possible the refs didn’t get the message. If they can’t see a blown penalty only feet away on the field, it’s highly unlikely they would see, let alone understand, the message from the fans in the stands. Or, did they?
Right on cue, in a show of their inability to keep track of an NFL game’s activity, the refs blew a call last night that could have cost the Saints the game if it weren’t for the leg of kicker Wil Lutz. As the first half was drawing to a close, the Saints were called for a penalty and the ref ordered the clock to be run off by ten seconds. The only problem was that the runoff was supposed to be reset first to 41 seconds but, instead, was run off from 26 seconds. The Saints lost 15 seconds with which Brees could have worked his magic.
Even Al Riverton, the senior VP of officiating for the NFL, admitted that the refs made a mistake.
That loss of time put the stress on the offense and forced Lutz into a tough 56-yard field goal attempt that went wide. However, he showed off his skills at the end of the second half, putting a 58-yarder through the uprights for the victory, sending the Texans home, 30-28.