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Helmets Off


Dec 22, 2017

It's time to dive in to one of Scott's favorite subjects. Officials.  The latest incident with NFL officials went to a new level.  In the Sunday Night Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders.  The officials were measuring a first down for the Raiders and the referee pulls out an index card to see how close the ball was to the first down.  

In Detroit, they were close to the first down.  Jack Del Rio (who is the Raiders Head Coach now) at that time was a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings was complaining that the officials didn't line the chains up straight and it was on an angle. Which would give the advantage to the offense if that was the case. Scott and the Lions got the first down but Scott doesn't care and Jack Del Rio was furious.  Scott thinks it's a little ridiculous that the NFL measures first downs with chains and markers. 

The NFL said that they were no longer going to use paper to determine a first down.  Scott didn't know that was even an option.  If it is really important to make sure that they get the first down right, why doesn't the NFL make upgrades?  Like a laser beam that is a straight line across the field.  Rather than keeping it old school and using a piece of paper.  It's so simple to upgrade that you can go to your local hardware store and find this technology.  

All in all, Scott says that the NFL officials do a really good job.  If you really want to pull your hair out, coach your son in little league football and deal with those officials.

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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