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Helmets Off

Dec 9, 2017

Helmets Off Host and former NFL Quarterback Scott Mitchell talks about one of the frustrating things he had to deal with in his professional football career, the officials.  

One of the reasons that Scott picked the position of quarterback, is because he wants to have an impact on the game.  But gets frustrated with the fact that officials are messing up the game, while realizing that they are human.  But with the inconsistent officiating is the biggest issue that Scott had throughout his career.  He had sleepless nights because of officials.  He has a hard time watching his kids play sports or coaching them in sports, because of his frustration with officials.

Scott looks back at an instance where there were many times that he wanted to do what Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback Marcus Peters did in a game.  Pick up the penalty flag and throw it into the stands.

Another instance where frustration rises in the NFL is when New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton gives the choke sign towards the officials.

One of the most painful things to go through as a player is losing a game because of poor officiating.  Scott finds out a solution that will provide comfort to fans, players and coaches.

Scott recalls a picture that he has that is with one of more iconic officals, Jerry Markbreit.  He was a guy who respected the game and players but didn't put up with any nonsense.  Scott and the Lions were playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that tried to intimidate them.  Scott scored a rushing touchdown and thinks it was Warren Sapp who pushed him when he stood up in the end zone and fell over a player, like a practical joke.  Scott became heated and wasn't going to put up with the nonsense.  He wanted to fight Warren Sapp and Jerry Markbreit grabs Scott's jersey, that is what Scott has a picture of.

All in all, he understands what Sean Payton was feeling in the game.  On top of that, players are complaining about playing on Thursday night, the dirty hits and more.  Back then you could get away with it.

Scott reflects on a memory from his former coach Don Shula, when the officials ruled a field goal that was good but it was a miss with the Green Bay Packers.  That any missed call on field goals would now always be good in Green Bay.

Coach Shula every week would get a report that he would hate to get because the league would confirm that plays were called wrong by the officials.  It was one of the worst things to get.

Scott's solution? You bring in alternate officials that are standing by.  You have the league watching the games (like they do).  If an officials mess up a call, the head coach throws a black flag and the league reviews the call and if it is confirmed that the call was bad, then the official gets kicked out of the game and the alternate official replaces them.  Maybe, just maybe the officials will be more on top of their game.

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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