NFL Saying Nothing "Because There's Nothing Good To Say"

The NFL has remained silent on the blown call that helped determine the NFC Championship. It's easy to see why, Andrew Brandt says

Taz and the Moose
January 24, 2019 - 10:16 am

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The NFL has yet to release a statement about the officiating error that helped determine the outcome of the NFC Championship on Sunday, and fans and analysts aren’t happy about it.

Why has the NFL remained silent on this issue?

“That’s a great question,” The MMQB and NFL business insider Andrew Brandt said on Taz & The Moose. “I think their statement is, ‘Hey, what about the Super Bowl?’ Listen, we’ve been through this with all the quote-unquote crises that they’ve had. You know what happens; the news cycle moves on, and they’re in a good spot. Talk is going to turn to the Super Bowl.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will, as usual, hold a press conference at the Super Bowl. 

“That will be where he does deal with it – or has to,” Brandt said. “But those press conferences are very scripted. The questions are even planted in the audience. But I just think that when they don’t come out with something, there’s nothing good to say. This is not a good look. We’ve had a lot of officiating errors before, but this one directly determined who’s in the Super Bowl. It’s a question of integrity, it’s a question of competitive balance – it’s a question that a lot of people don’t really want to get into right now because it’s uncomfortable. 

“But it just points to me the need for not so much review or replay review, but really kind of an upgrade on trying to solve human error,” Brandt continued. “I think the only way to do that is to upgrade technological innovation in the game, which is a bigger topic.”

Brandt believes the NFL needs to be more involved in game-changing calls – in real time.

“For egregious errors like that, why not have someone in New York buzz the head ref?” Brandt asked. “Let’s overturn that. Instead of all this nonsense about the lawsuit or Roger Goodell’s got to bring the teams back to play the last two minutes of the game – that’ll never happen. But just a quick call from New York, and he would never be dealing with this.”