Roger Goodell and his good ol’ boys are pussifying the NFL. It shows up every week in the form of ridiculous officials’ calls and ensuing fines.
For over three years now, Goodell has made a living of legislating the fun out of football. There is more action in the league office and courtrooms on a weekly basis than there is on the field.
He has ruined the game for true fans, turning it into flag football — minimizing the role of defense and punishing defenders who dare play the game with the controlled aggression that was once the trademark of the NFL.
Seattle Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas is the latest to be wronged by Goodell’s righteous rules regulators in the league office.
Thomas was fined $15,000 for a hit on Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill that should not even have been penalized Sunday.
The play: Tannehill rolled to his right looking for a receiver, and Thomas sped toward him from his position in coverage and leaped as Tannehill released his pass. Thomas came down on top of Tannehill awkwardly, although replays showed he did not hit the quarterback in the head — just the top of the shoulder. It was as clean a hit as you can get from a guy flying through the air to try to knock down a pass. But the Pro Bowl safety was flagged anyway.
It was a huge call, reversing an end zone interception by Bobby Wagner and basically gift-wrapping a short touchdown run for the Dolphins, who later went on to win on a last-play field goal.
After the game, Thomas told reporters, “We had an interception on that play. They definitely can’t slow the game like that for us and take the game like that from us. It was a tough loss, but the refs definitely need to get out of the way when it’s a crucial situation like that. They control the game, and that was a great example right there.”
Asked about his fine Wednesday, Thomas said simply, “That’s just the NFL — that’s all I have to say about it.”
It’s just another case of the NFL trying to PC’ify and sanitize what was once a great game. Quarterbacks and receivers cannot be touched for fear of defenders being flagged for roughing the passer, pass interference, defensive holding or unnecessary roughness. Every week, there are a dozen bogus calls around the NFL that make fans and players lament that “it isn’t football anymore.” Many of the calls affect the games in major ways.
The one against Thomas certainly did. The Hawks should have gotten the ball at the 20-yard line with 8:13 left and a chance to run down the clock and possibly pad a 14-7 lead.
“I think there was a real questionable call on the interception,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters. “It just looked wrong.”
Kind of like most anything Goodell and his good ol’ boys do to the game these days.