The NFL came out before the weekend’s games and warned the coaches and players that they will not tolerate abuse towards the bumbling zebras that are doubling as referees. They were not kidding, either. Head Coach John Fox and Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio of the Denver Broncos were fined $30,000 and $25,000, respectively for antics in last Monday night’s match-up with the Atlanta Falcons. Watch out Bill Belichek and Kyle Shanahan!! You are next!!
What Fox and Del Rio have learned is that yelling at officials, even idiot officials, and publicly criticizing them will not sit well with Roger Goodell and the NFL offices. What all coaches have to learn is that yelling, carrying on and blatant disrespect to those who simply do not know any better will not alleviate the situation or make the refs better. These are everyday folks that have been learning on the fly and it really is not their fault that they are put into this situation. The NFL needs to make changes and make them quick before their product really takes a beating from those fans that simply can not stomach to watch anymore.
Commissioner Goodell runs a $9.5Billion enterprise and should be willing to help the league rather than continue to showcase ineptitude at every turn. Games are running longer, missed calls are prevalent, and the refs look absolutely lost when they can not even use basic math to get the spot right. So Fox and his coaching staff will surely learn from their hot-headed antics, but sometime soon, the teams and their fans need to see the real referees take the field again. Suck it up Goodell, because if you wait any longer, then the MLB Playoffs just might swoop in and begin to cut into your television revenue.
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