NFL Insider – Embarrassing Calls Could Hurt On-Field Play

The Week 4 matchup between the New England Patriots which New England won 27-21 was not only significant because of the score, but also the actions of several NFL referees that took place in that game could end up affecting the outcome of several future contests if they are not addressed and corrected – and I mean, immediately.

While the Ravens narrowly fell to the Patriots last Sunday, they very well could have won if the Patriots had not been awarded two absolutely crucial – and phantom – roughing the passer calls on NFL ‘golden boy’ Tom Brady, that led directly to two Patriots’ touchdowns.

Now before I go any further NFL fanatics, I am not – and never have been – a Ray Lewis fan, but I have to say that I agreed wholeheartedly with Lewis’ comments following the game when the All-Pro middle linebacker called those phantom penalties “embarrassing.”

"Without totally going off the wall here, it is embarrassing to the game," a usually animated Lewis said demurely after his team’s loss to the Patriots. "(Tom) Brady is good enough to make his own plays. Let him make the play. When you have two great teams that are going at it, let them go at it. Both of their touchdown drives had personal fouls that kept drives alive. Did that win or lose the game? No, but it got them 14 points."

First, the Ravens had one called on defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in the first quarter and then another on linebacker Terrell Suggs in the second quarter that both kept drives alive and led to Patriots touchdown

"People work too hard for that. And the embarrassing part about it is you see it constantly, constantly every week,” Lewis said. “Emphasis on protecting the quarterback. We’re men, we put our pants on the same way. I got kids, just like Brady got kids. Every man has kids. Treat them with that same respect.

"It’s embarrassing for us to even keep a game going like that, give them momentum, after they go three-and-out. We stop them, see a flag for a personal foul and Brady’s laughing? That ain’t no personal foul if you’re still smiling. Bottom line.”

"It’s embarrassing to see it,” Lewis continued. “I can say it a thousand times. It’s embarrassing. Did it lose the game? Absolutely not. But it’s just embarrassing to go in there and play a game the way we did and you get that.

Even New England defensive lineman Mike Wright, who was called for unnecessary roughness when he hit Ravens QB Joe Flacco, said afterward that he joked with Brady about how sensitive officials are to the signal callers.

Flacco also acknowledged that the officials are a bit too sensitive with their flags when it comes to protecting quarterbacks.

"I mean, sometimes if I get a call, I am like, 'Oh man, I can't believe I got that one,' " Flacco said.

The thing I want BetUS NFL betting members to realize is that the officials’ calls concerning quarterback protection only seem to apply to certain quarterback, a scenario that Suggs also pointed out.

Suggs said that officials were protecting "some quarterbacks more than others."

No one wants an official deciding the outcome of any NFL contest, but if referees are going to go to extraordinary lengths to protect quarterback, then they should protect every one of them. Not just the league’s ‘superstar’ signal-callers like Tom Brady, who by the way, is returning from a season-ending injury he suffered in the first game of the 2008 season.

Before I go, let me just say that I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these calls ‘just so happened’ to come in a contest that Brady was playing in.

Oh, did I mention the fact that the NFL decided not to fine Lewis, Suggs or Ed Redd, who also made some disparaging comments, afterward? I guess they realized the veteran players were right!