As the NFL continues to grapple with a new controversy involving its officiating, several prominent priests have weighed in.
Former San Francisco 49ers coach and Saints assistant head coach Tim Tebow told ESPN.com that while the NFL is not an institution where you are going to see the full range of the NFL’s officiating policies, he is confident in the Saints’ officiating.
“It’s a team game,” he said.
“The Saints are the Saints.
It’s not like there are some guys who are going out there and say, ‘Hey, you’re not going to call this, that or the other way around.’
They’re going to go out there with their head held high.
That’s the way it should be.
That has been the way officiating has been for a long time.”
Former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach and New Orleans Saints general manager Scott Pioli also weighed in on the matter on his Facebook page on Sunday.
Pioli is not the first NFL official to weigh in on Sunday’s officiated game.
Former San Diego Chargers assistant coach Don Muhlbach, who served as a play-caller during the 2015 season, told ESPN’s Darren Rovell on Monday that he believes the Saints should be held to a higher standard.
I believe that the Saints are not playing by the rules of the game and they should be punished for it,” Muhlsbach said.
The league did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Piohi has also been vocal about his displeasure with the officiating during his tenure with the Saints, and he recently said he was not surprised when the team made several changes to its game plan for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
Piohios team-wide game plan included changing the formation from an over-the-top 4-3-5 to a 3-4-5 with two wide receivers and two tight ends.
That game plan came after Saints defensive lineman Dont’a Hightower said he felt pressure to get the ball in his hands against Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
After the game, Piohins wife, JoAnn, told reporters that her husband was frustrated with the changes, which included removing the formation altogether.
Piano, who previously worked for the Saints as a coach, added in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in November 2016 that the NFL should do a better job with its rules, especially for officials.
As part of his review, Piolis said he reviewed the NFL rules for the 2012 season, which resulted in an average penalty of 4.2 yards per play, and concluded that the league had made a number of major mistakes in that time period.
In a statement released Sunday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the investigation would focus on three issues:The first is the league’s policies regarding the use of video review by the referee.
The NFLPA recently called for the release of the full video review transcript from the 2014 season.
The second is the officiated officiating on the field.
The league has a strict no-interference rule that prohibits officials from interfering with play.
Goodell said in his statement that the goal of the review will be to determine if there was a violation of the rule.
Goodell added that he was open to additional information from the NFL regarding any further issues that may arise.
The third issue is the lack of a uniform approach on penalties.
The commissioner said that, while the league has the authority to change penalties, the NFL has never had uniform enforcement of penalties.
In his statement Sunday, Goodell said he will continue to monitor the officiates behavior.”
As the commissioner and I have said, we are committed to ensuring that all of our officials abide by our rulebook,” Goodell said.