By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen
What a week. In the National Football League, things just get crazier and crazier.
During an interview with USA Today sports writer Tom Pelissero, former NFL official Jim Daopoulos was asked about the controversial call at the end of the Monday Nighter between the Patriots and Panthers.
When asked if back judge Terrence Miles was correct in picking up the flag that he threw for what was an obvious pass interference call, Daopoulos was not amused.
According to Pelissaro, “Daopoulos said Miles should have stood by his initial call rather than being talked into picking up the flag, especially if the pass being un-catchable factored into the conversation.
Pelissero said that Diapoulos added: “We as officials have always been taught, for a ball to be uncatchable, it has to be clearly out of the field of play or it has to be a kind of — I probably shouldn’t say this — a Tim Tebow-type pass that lands 15 yards in front of you.”
Ouch. Now that’s a shot.
One of the biggest problems facing the NFL is the terrible inconsistency in officiating. Frankly, it’s just bad. Holding is called randomly — usually to put the screws to a big play. Pass interference is a guessing game. Roughing today is what tackling used to be. Unless it isn’t. Officials still don’t have a clue about that rule.
Monday night’s call was a joke and when the ex-referee on ESPN tried to suggest that picking up the flag was the right call, it made you want to gag. After seven replays, it was pass interference. Period. NFL officiating just gets worse and worse as TV monitors get bigger and clearer.
That call probably cost Dr. Football a 12-3 week. The Patriots would have had one more play from the one-yard line to win it, but as it happens, The Coach got the 24-20 victory. If fairness, The Ol’ Coach needed it.
Overall last week our boys were pretty good. In Week 11, The Doc went 11-4 (106-56) straight up and 8-7 (76-86) against the spread while The Coach went 10-5 (107-55) straight up and 10-5 (86-76) against the spread.
This week, the Doc offers up his thoughts on our Thursday night prediction while The Coach complains and then nods off.
New Orleans Saints (8-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-8) Line: Saints by 8.
Usually this game is circled early on the schedule as “must see”. Now it’s “who cares”. The Saints have won 10 of the last 13 times the two teams have met…and most of those times the Falcons were a good team. They’re tougher at home, but not good enough to beat their Dome rivals. The Coach says: The biggest question of 2013: What the hell happened to the Falcons? When you have the same record as Minnesota and Tampa, you have big problems.
The Doc: TAKE THE SAINTS TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE SAINTS TO WIN AND COVER.