The NFL Referees Association, the officials’ union, says people criticizing the officials have misplaced their ire. Scott Green, executive director of the NFLRA and a 23-year officiating veteran, says the league’s officials are simply calling what the NFL wants called.
Green spoke to NFL.com, the league’s in-house news outlet.
The issue from our standpoint is: We call what we’re told to call. It’s how well is that being interpreted? And how well is that being presented to us? To the extent that they’re trying to get video out, when you start making changes in the season — obviously, I’m not saying that shouldn’t be done, but it does require adjustment and it seems like we’re doing some adjusting this year.
It’s all about consistency. Everybody wants consistency. We want to be consistent. Coaches want it. Players. It makes for a better game. If adjustments are going to be made, we’ll try to catch up and make sure we’re making the adjustments as everyone sees fit.