The Raiders’ charges against the league
Eli Manning believes there is a conspiracy against the NFL. Dan Carpenter, the Buffalo kicker who missed two field goals, feels the same way.
Asked after the game why he thought the Bills were penalized twice in the final minutes of the game, Carpenter replied, “It’s an NFL’s rules — gotta abide by them.”
Carpenter is right. In a seven-team league, players, coaches and officials are bound by league regulations and precedent to adhere to them. Whenever a controversial call is made in a game, fans will immediately point the finger at the NFL, after which the league will issue a clarification saying, “But we didn’t put that on you guys!”
Yet why should they? The regulations and the policy are non-controversial and are within the purview of the commissioner. If a team loses in a controversial manner, the head coach has every right to look at the officiating and question its accuracy and fairness.
Yet those coaches are constantly blasted, vilified, and ultimately forced to resign by NFL owners. It’s not they who are within the confines of the league rulebook and policy but the officials.