As of now, everyone and their grandmother know the Bucs lost in week 1. And everyone knows it was due to turnovers, but VERY few people will talk about the lack of officiating. The Bucs were cited for 8 penalties totaling 87 yards while the 49ers were cited for 11 penalties for 87 yards. But, let’s take a second to talk about the bogus calls that were made and the ones that were let go.
Note: These are not excuses, nor will it be “Well if they would’ve called this [or that], we would’ve won” Absolutely not.
First off, the NFL needs to do a better job training these clowns they call referees. Another thing, thank goodness for the new rule of being able to challenge penalties. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
Sherman vs Evans(w/ illness) Round 2
Let’s start with Richard Sherman. I’m starting to believe Mike Evans has been in that guy’s head since the Buccaneers/Seahawks game a few years ago when Evans made him look absolutely silly. So, how does Sherman trying to stay stride for stride with what I believe is the best receiver in the NFL? Do everything besides molesting the guy while covering him.
Sherman was cited in the first quarter for defensive pass interference(which Brice Arians had to challenge to get). Again, he did everything but just tackling him to the ground and yet it took a red flag to bring out the yellow flag.
Jameis Winston intentional grounding?
Winston was cited for a very questionable intentional grounding to start the 4th quarter. What makes matters worse is that it happened during a 1st and goal from the 9. Winston threw high over Tight End Cameron Brate’s head.
The one that got away
This sounds like a broken record talking about Richard Sherman and his tactics, but this way a defensive pass interference that was so clear, even Stevie Wonder himself could’ve seen it. Again, Sherman did everything [but tackle] to prevent Evans from catching what would’ve been a touchdown; and yet, no yellow was thrown.
Overall officiating grade: D-
The NFL definitely needs to fix the officiating for sure. From the no-call on clear PI in the NFC Championship last season, to the head-scratching calls made, not just in this game but all over the league. It may be week 1, but clearly, something has to give.