Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Echoes Ron Rivera Statement On Officials

During Monday's press conference, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera stated he thinks it's time for eight officials on the field and they be employed full time. He also said he believes quarterback hit should be able to be reviewed in the replay system. All his thoughts stemming from a low hit Cam Newton took in the pocket that the NFL later admitted they missed.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton pretty much echoed Rivera's statement on full-time referee's on Pro Football Talk Live today and then some.

"We are the only league with officials who have primary other jobs, which is really madness. We can pay these guys. They should be full-time NFL officials, and they should be working throughout the week, communicating," said Payton.

The officiating this season has been some of the worst we've seen. Perhaps with the additions of new rule over the last several years, they should look into extra officials as Rivera stated.

While quarterback replay's sound good for player safety, it would slow the game down that much more and could turn away more viewers. NFL ratings are already down this season and the NFL likely wouldn't play into anything that could hurt that more.

Both coaches have a point. For as much money as the NFL makes and how much it's been claiming to be about player safety, you would think this would be an easier step in the right direction. 

What do you think the NFL should do?

Written by Tripp Morgan

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