By HCR Staff | September 15, 2020
In our preview of Week 1, we predicted the game officials will be a little bit off their game, and it’d be understandable given that their typical preseason preparation routines also have been disrupted by the pandemic.
Turns out, we were right, but of course, this wasn’t a hard prediction to hit on.
Just like players, game officials need their reps too, and finding a rhythm will take some time. And missed calls will be something all of us should be ok living with for a few weeks – the officials are working hard and under difficult circumstances too. Like anyone else, they want to do their job well too, but it does take some time for them to get their cadence down as a unit as well.
In Week 1, we noticed numerous plays where, in our view, illegal procedure would have been called. This is a standard and routine call that under normal circumstances, the officials almost never miss. Right now though, some teams got away with obvious penalties.
And then there are the high profile misses, such as the Sunday Night Football offensive pass interference call against Cowboys WR Michael Gallup, who had beaten Rams CB Jalen Ramsey. To us, it looked like an obvious acting job by Ramsey; after all, Gallup didn’t even use his palm on Ramsey – rather, he used the back of his hand. How much force can you get pushing someone with the back of your hand? Not much.
In Monday night’s Titans at Broncos matchup, the officials called what appeared to be a ticky tack roughing penalty on Broncos defender Alexander Johnson. The call negated a critical interception. We think it’s reasonable to give the officials 4 games to find a good rhythm. That’s their typical preparation period. Yes, it’s fun to argue about this call or that call to justify your bias, but at the end of the day, they’re humans working under tough conditions.