3. The Officials
Putting the zebras on here seems like another copout, but long before everyone started piling on, I thought that this was the worst officated game I’ve seen since “Bottlegate.”
Quick history lesson: Back in 2002, a Jaguars decision to challenge was upheld even after the Browns ran another play. Fans chucked bottles onto the field and the refs needed security to get out The Factory of Sadness.
Ultimately, the referees do belong on the stock down report because they made the product worse and the NFL should take note in their evaluations.
1. The illegal blindside block on Jarvis Landry was one of the most egregious calls I’ve ever seen. If you showed someone who had never seen a football game that call, their mind would be blown because they would have no idea how football was supposed to be played.
2. The non-call on the 4th and Goal where Chubb got stuffed. Jadeveon Clowney brought him down by the facemask, a play that should’ve resulted in an automatic first down.
3. The fourth-quarter horse collar on Morgan Burnett. You’re not going to definitely convince me that was a horsecollar. Stop over officiating and let them play.
4. The Landry touchdown that Freddie challenged and lost…I just wrote how there was no conclusive evidence that he crossed the plane. I stand by it, based off what I saw on the FOX broadcast.
However, TheLandonDemand’s Tony Grossi said after the game that the replay showed on the FirstEnergy Stadium scoreboard indicated Landry had scored.
Did New York get this footage/ Who decides what football is being sent to replay. What the heck is going on here!?
It’s gotten to the point where I can’t even celebrate after a big play in fear of flag being called. Some of it is the Browns lack of discipline, but the other factor is the referees over-officiating the contest. That’s not good for business, and the NFL must take note.