Officiating in the NFL may never be perfect, but commissioner Roger Goodell is looking at ways to make it more consistent.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on Dec. 8 that there has been talk about moving instant replay reviews from game sites to one central location, such as in the NHL.
And on Wednesday, Dec. 11, Goodell responded to that potential idea, via NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal:
With respect to replay ... we'e going to look at everything. Our number one focus is to make sure we're providing the best officiating. We always think we can improve. Consistency is important. By bringing it into the league office on Sundays and having one person actually making that decision, you can make an argument there's consistency.
In addition to considering centralizing replay reviews, Goodell also said there will be discussions on "whether there are changes to replay, or to how we train or what we do on the field."
The officiating in 2013 has been notoriously bad.
Just last week, Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss called this year's officiating the "worst I've ever seen," and it's hard to argue with him.
It seems like every week there is more controversy and worse calls, from the ending of the Monday Night Football meeting between the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots last month, to Jeff Triplette reversing a 4th-and-goal stop by the Indianapolis Colts and rewarding the Cincinnati Bengals with a touchdown in Week 14.
Last week, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that coaches should be able to challenge anything and everything.
There are clearly problems with officiating—and especially replay reviews—right now, and centralizing where the reviews take place would seemingly go a long way toward eliminating some of the major problems.
Moreover, as Sports Illustrated's Peter King noted, via the above link from Pro Football Talk, centralizing replays would, in addition to fixing calls, speed the process up.
Officiating and replay protocol need a makeover, and this would be a good start.