No one has been particularly happy with the NFL referees through five weeks of play. While the officiating crew has cleaned up some spots, there’s still bee plenty of inconsistency. The latest to join the ever-growing list of unhappiness with the refs are the New York Giants, who voiced their displeasure following Sunday’s loss against the Carolina Panthers.
“We need better refs“, safety Landon Collins and cornerback Janoris Jenkins said via Pat Leonard of New York Daily News.
With roughing the passer still being the focal point, it was a flag for unnecessary roughness called against Collins in the fourth quarter that sparked the comments. The flag also gave Carolina a fresh set of downs after being stopped on third.
Collins was involved in a pass break-up but collided with Devin Funchess at full speed, prompting the flag. Carolina would go on to score a touchdown on the drive, ultimately leading to a 33-31 victory. That’s a seven-point swing in favor of Carolina. And it’s easy to see why the Giants are upset.
After the game, a reporter suggested to Collins that the hit was helmet-to-helmet. But he didn’t see it that way.
“It wasn’t helmet-to-helmet. Please don’t say helmet-to-helmet,” Collins continues. “I did not touch his helmet. His helmet touched my back I hit the ball first … it was the momentum changer, changed the whole influence of the game, give them a first down, put them in field goal range and within range to be able to score a touchdown. It’s just not right.”
All 32 team’s defenses, it seems, have had problem with the way certain penalties are being called.
“We’re fighting and trying to figure out how to play football. It’s not football anymore,” Collins concludes.
As it stands, the Giants are 1-4 on the season. And their chance at the postseason is quickly fading away. But they have a chance to save their season (so far) if they top the Eagles on Thursday night.