Hells to the yeah on this bad boy:
“Rather than coaches and athletic directors being asked about officiating, I think what needs to happen is, after the game, at the press conference, there has to be a representative from the officials answering these questions,” Leach said. “Right now, the officials aren’t accountable for any of that stuff, and they’ll make some screwy call right, wrong or indifferent, and there’s a coach sitting there, and everybody’s asking him. It’s a total ambush waiting to happen, because we’re not allowed to comment on it. If you do, you get fined.
“It directly affects the success or failure of your team, whether it’s a good call or a bad call. All of a sudden, you’re sitting there, and those questions should be directed to the referee, rather than you or the athletic director. What I think should happen is that when you have a press conference, as they come off the field, the referee should … have to answer any quick questions the media have on the calls they made and why this was made and how this was made, so coaches and athletic directors aren’t left with that, so at least there will be an explanation you see. … I think that needs to happen. I think that’s long overdue.”
Wouldn’t you have loved to hear the media go after the crew for an explanation of the celebration call on AJ Green? How about the targeting call on Ramik Wilson? (Or pretty much any game Penn Wagers calls.)
No doubt mistakes happen. Officials are human like the rest of us. But you know what else? Nobody likes criticism all that much. And maybe if officials knew they’d have to face public questioning about a controversial call, they’d make a little more effort to get it right.