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Special Teams Injustices

Chris Kluwe tweeted earlier this week that Devin Hester’s long punt return against the Vikings could have been flagged for three separate blocks to the back.

On Thursday, apparently the NFL agreed with him.

“So the refs got back to us and said, ‘Yeah, we missed that call. Sorry,'” Kluwe tweeted. “Think we can get the yards back from Hester?”

Brad Childress was fined $35,000 this season for revealing that the league privately admitted officiating mistakes, and Kluwe could be subject to a similar fine for the same offense.  One thing is becoming clear to me as the season progresses; this is the worst officiated season, across the board, of any that I can recall.

Special Teams Coordinator Brian Murphy also explained the Ryan Longwell’s missed field goal that hit the left upright was placed right where they wanted it to be.

“That’s where he was aiming it — the ball stayed true,” Murphy said. “There was a gust going across the field and just as he hit it … the wind dies down and the thing stayed true right to where he hit it. That wind continues on the way it was, the thing would have been good.”

I’m no kicking expert, but perhaps next time we should try aiming the ball just within the goal post instead of right at it.

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7 Responses to “Special Teams Injustices”

  1. B. Grant says:

    Isn’t there almost a one-to-one ratio of refs to players on the field? Are two thirds of them watching the runner, or what’s the problem here? “Everyone take a man and make sure they play the game legally! Any questions?”

  2. Dynalee10 says:

    Not sure about the ratio but each ref has an assigned area to watch.

  3. bigjohnny84 says:

    I hate conspiracy theories but I think the NFL is still pissed about the Williams non suspenssion thing

  4. titan concrete says:

    They need to figure something out to get these games called right. I dont follow this part of the game as much as I should and I am sure it happens quite often but I do feel these guys should be punished financially for missed calls. They each do 16 games per year(not including playoffs) and make between $1500-$4300 per game. Maybe if there was a threat of losing some of that, they would have more reason to make sure they are making these calls right. I can not believe that with 7 officials watching 22 guys they missed 3 blocks to the back. Were they all that enthralled watching Hester???It REALLY doesnt add up and reeks of turning their heads. Missing 1 call on a play is one thing, but 3 …. come on. Who pays these guys? Vegas?

    • titan concrete says:

      Doing the math on that, there were 3 that committed the blocks and 3 that were getting illegally blocked = 6 players involved

      22 players minus the kicker and the returner = 20 players. Of those 20 , 6 were involved in the penalty. Thats 30% of the players on the field involved with the block in the back. How the F!@# do you miss that.

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