This is not simply a complaint post, but instead this is a look at the reality of where the NFL is as a whole.
While the Arizona Cardinals and their fans were disappointed by the officiating on Sunday in their loss to the Carolina Panthers, and rightfully so, the NFL’s product has become a slodge of penalty flags between plays happening.
All it takes is a turn around the Twitter.com in order to see what the hell is wrong with the NFL and why the product itself is down in viewership and overall product.
Hey @NFL .....you may have a officiating problem. pic.twitter.com/3fj72Q6z6E— Bring Back The Dab (@BringBackTheBuz) October 31, 2016
It is not just the Arizona Cardinals fans, it is nearly every fan base in the NFL having to deal with a penalty occurring on seemingly every play.
I think NFL officiating in general is bad. I think most would agree with that. I also think Richard Sherman gets away with plenty of holding https://t.co/gzL4E8RIui— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) October 30, 2016
Richard Sherman gets away with a lot, Arizona Cardinals fans know for sure, but today seemed rather egregious.
The narrative of week 8 in the @NFL: horrendous officiating. Not just #Seahawks. Many games. It needs to get fixed. It's ruining the game.— Bill Wixey (@BillWixey) October 30, 2016
Josh Norman unloaded on the officiating crew after Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Bengals. https://t.co/p0LEeq3goF pic.twitter.com/pPp9w8WW21— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 30, 2016
"There are flags all over the place": The Story of the 2016 NFL Season— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) October 31, 2016
22 flags in the Cincy-Wash game. someone check with Stats inc. I think the NFL might be headed toward a group penalty record.— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) October 30, 2016
I don't blame Carson Palmer for being irate. NFL officials acting like they get paid by amount of flags tossed.— Dan Bickley (@danbickley) October 30, 2016
Watching the #NFL on tv:— Rick Tittle (@RickTittle) October 30, 2016
Penalty flags: 40%
It is a continued episode every week.
Twice this game, a NFL official has thrown his hat for a penalty because he's already thrown his flag. This league has got a serious issue— Dan Bickley (@danbickley) October 30, 2016
Yet, today we saw a record, and thankfully, the better team still won:
Most penalties in a game in NFL history? Doesn't matter. Just Win Baby! pic.twitter.com/OnQqAuVkUL— CSN Raiders News (@CSNRaiders) October 30, 2016
I summed up my feelings in today’s game against the Panthers, and it has little to nothing to do with the Cardinals losing:
I don't understand why ratings are down in the NFL...— Revenge of the Birds (@revengeofbirds) October 30, 2016
Watches NFL officials throw 4 penalties on 3 plays
The product is still strong, but the flow of the game makes watching on television... Just not enjoyable.