NFL picks insider reports that the NFL's Competition Committee will consider the possibility of snatching replay calls away from the on-field referee. They will be offered to the hands of those in the NFL offices during games.
"Our No. 1 focus is to make sure we're providing the best officiating," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at the close of an NFL owners meeting outside Dallas on Wednesday. "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 the argument that there's consistency."
However, the change needs to be accepted by the teams. This could be discussed at the NFL owners meetings in the spring.
Football predictions expert informs that some owners were skeptical in the past. They were against the initial use of replay and cited the length of games. Goodell has said that technological improvements may delete those fears.
"We actually think we might be able to do it more quickly than the current status, but those are parts of the things that we'll study," Goodell said.
Talking about the investigation of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin case, Goodell revealed that it may take "several weeks" until he receives a report from special investigator Ted Wells.
"We want him to be thorough and not to compromise it in any way, so when it's complete that's when he'll present it to me," Goodell said. "And I have not given him a deadline."
Free weekly NFL picks insider reports that Wells had canceled a repeating interview with Incognito and with 11 other Dolphins players. Those interviews were scheduled to take place in this week. Incognito had met with Wells on Nov. 22. Meanwhile, Martin and Wells had met for a second time last week in Los Angeles.
Goodell revealed that workplace environment was one of the topics discussed at the meeting. They had looked into various norms “and what changes should be necessary."
"We'll be reaching out to players, to clubs to evaluate that over the next several months so we do anticipate there will be changes in that for next season," Goodell said.
Free NFL picks insider informs that player safety is one of the top priorities. Goodell has said that he does not believe that there is a connection between knee injuries due to the league rules preventing hits to the head and neck area. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending knee injury after he was hit low by Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward on Sunday.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, till now, 110 players are listed on injured reserve with knee injuries through 14 weeks of this season. It is more than the total number of the entire 2011 season. In the last season a total of 121 players were placed on IR with knee injuries.
"We haven't seen any increase in knee injuries, so from a factual standpoint that's not the case," Goodell said. "Those types of hits have happened in football for a long time. That's unfortunately not new. We'll do everything we can do avoid that. We don't want it to happen. It's terrible when it happens, but it'