Seahawks Fans, Please Stop Blaming The Refs

One of the themes I’ve been seeing from Seahawks fans today has been outrage about the phantom illegal block in the back call on the Leon Washington return for a TD. The call was an awful call. Everyone thinks it was awful. Even the Fox announcers said it was awful. I also get that the 7 points was enough to change the outcome of the game. I can do the math as good as anyone, but the whining needs to stop.

As bad as that call was, those calls exist in ever single NFL game. It is unfortunately part of the NFL right now. The officiating is pretty bad. Thing is, I don’t think it’s all that worse today than it was 20 years ago. Today we just get see replays from every angle so we can see the mistakes multiple times in high definition.

The problem is that the noise about the refs is taking the focus off where it should be. Whitehurst and the offense were really really bad yesterday. They were actually historically bad. This was the one of the worst offensive performances in franchise history. Had the Seahawks offense been bad, not great, not good, not even competent, just bad instead of absolutely awful, the bad call by the refs doesn’t matter.

Remember this: The Seahawks had first and goal at that 2 yard line and couldn’t score a TD. They needed 2 yards on 3 plays. Score there and no one is taking about the refs today. That series had much more to do with the outcome of the game and anything to do with the zerbras. The offense was the problem, not the guys in the striped shirts.

Lets keep our eye on the ball today. Please.

Topics: Charlie Whitehurst, Seattle Seahawks

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  • JonathanDalar

    Yes, the offense stunk. Yes, we couldn’t get a thing done against the Browns. Would it have been different with Jackson playing? Or Miller? Or Unger? Or Lynch? Certainly. That had as much to do with our ineptitude as anything, and simply placing the blame on “Whitehurst and the offense” without that consideration is disingenuous.

    I don’t believe Whitehurst is starting caliber. I don’t think he’s a very good quarterback at all. But that’s not the point against the outrage against the refs. I will always call them out when they make a horrible call, and will always mention when they call a fair game.

    The problem was that a single horrible call by a referee determined the outcome in the game. Sure, we could have scored more points. So could have the Browns. If one of Bryant’s blocked field goals were swept up and returned for a TD, nobody would have noticed how badly the ref affected the game. Score from the two, and it’s suddenly ok. But that’s not the point at all.

    Shoulda-woulda-coulda games can be played all day, but it doesn’t change the facts. Heck, we should have put a couple dozen points on the board. Could have put thirty on there. But we didn’t. Their defense held us to three points just as we held them to six.

    We put our points on the board, the Browns put their points on the board, and the refs took points off the board based on a bad call. It is inexcusable to accept that an entity who is to remain completely unbiased and impartial has just influenced the outcome of a game, and 1/16th of the season for two teams. In a league where one win or loss often makes the difference between going home after the season or winning the division and a shot at the Super Bowl, this is unacceptable.

    And it’s not like it’s never happened before. We’ve seen it in crucial games. We’ve seen it in the playoffs. We’ve even seen it in the Super Bowl, which means that “impartial entity” has influenced entire teams’ histories with their calls. Until this changes, they will continue to affect the outcome of games as they will.

  • JonathanDalar

    Yes, the offense stunk. Yes, we couldn’t get a thing done against the Browns. Would it have been different with Jackson playing? Or Miller? Or Unger? Or Lynch? Certainly. That had as much to do with our ineptitude as anything, and simply placing the blame on “Whitehurst and the offense” without that consideration is disingenuous.

    I don’t believe Whitehurst is starting caliber. I don’t think he’s a very good quarterback at all. But that’s not the point against the outrage against the refs. I will always call them out when they make a horrible call, and will always mention when they call a fair game.

    The problem was that a single horrible call by a referee determined the outcome in the game. Sure, we could have scored more points. So could have the Browns. If one of Bryant’s blocked field goals were swept up and returned for a TD, nobody would have noticed how badly the ref affected the game. Score from the two, and it’s suddenly ok. But that’s not the point at all.

    Shoulda-woulda-coulda games can be played all day, but it doesn’t change the facts. Heck, we should have put a couple dozen points on the board. Could have put thirty on there. But we didn’t. Their defense held us to three points just as we held them to six.

    We put our points on the board, the Browns put their points on the board, and the refs took points off the board based on a bad call. It is inexcusable to accept that an entity who is to remain completely unbiased and impartial has just influenced the outcome of a game, and 1/16th of the season for two teams. In a league where one win or loss often makes the difference between going home after the season or winning the division and a shot at the Super Bowl, this is unacceptable.

    And it’s not like it’s never happened before. We’ve seen it in crucial games. We’ve seen it in the playoffs. We’ve even seen it in the Super Bowl, which means that “impartial entity” has influenced entire teams’ histories with their calls. Until this changes, they will continue to affect the outcome of games as they will.

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