NFL reportedly is planning 'top-down review' of officiating after 2019 season

Nick Goss

NFL officiating has received a lot of deserved criticism in 2019, and it sounds like the league is prepared to look at ways to improve the system.

NFL Network's Judy Battista has reported the league plans to do a "top-down review' of its officiating after the 2019 season.

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News of this expected review is far from surprising to anyone who's watched pro football over the last few months.

The officiating has been bad this season, and the worst example came Sunday when referee Jerome Boger's crew gave an awful performance in a game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Boger's crew missed several calls, including a clear touchdown reception by Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry in the fourth quarter. The crew also penalized the Chiefs only five yards for a 10-yard penalty in the third quarter.

Officials in the Patriots' Week 12 game also called a suspect tripping penalty on Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Travis Frederick that hindered his team's ability to complete a fourth-quarter comeback. 

Making matters worse for the NFL was the fact that these two games involving the Patriots were the showcase afternoon matchups on their respective weekends. It wasn't exactly a good advertisement for the sport.

And, of course, last season's NFC Championship Game was marred by a blown call that led to the creation of pass interference reviews for this season.

A comprehensive review of officiating and any significant changes that could improve the process should be a top priority for the league over the offseason.

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NFL reportedly is planning 'top-down review' of officiating after 2019 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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