Saints’ Benjamin Watson blasts Roger Goodell in open letter

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The NFL has fined L.A. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman $26,739 for his helmet-to-helmet hit against a New Orleans Saints receiver during Sunday's NFC title game, which was not called as a penalty, drawing the ire of the football world.

The 15-year veteran called for National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell to "lead by example" and urged him to address the error that cost the Saints a chance to reach Super Bowl LIII. The NFL "felt the the explanation that Riveron offered Payton after game- officials missed the call-was sufficient", according to Shefter.

I say all this being well aware of the fact that the egregious no-call on what was clearly pass interference happened when it may not have even been a factor had the Saints taken out the Rams when they had the chance.

The Rams, meanwhile, have been diplomatic about their fortunate break, acknowledging the sketchy nature of Robey-Coleman's hit while also gently pointing out that one play doesn't decide any game.

The filing marks the league's first formal response to a lawsuit by a pair of ticket-holders over the infamous "no call" that ended the Saints' Super Bowl run last Sunday.

One Saints fan went as far as paying for a series of billboards in Atlanta, where the Super Bowl is being played, to display his frustration with the loss. "I personally have not seen the play". In overtime, Los Angeles kicked a 57-yard field goal to win and advance to the Super Bowl.

The Louisana politician's Senate speech came after official Gary Cavaletto did not throw his flag after what appeared to be a clear pass interference by Rams player Nickell Robey-Coleman.

When Goodell finally does speak on the matter, don't expect it to satisfy Saints fans.

Days removed from the controversy in New Orleans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to speak out.

Human error will always be a part of the game and that's something most can accept, but as the instances of human error not only rise league-wide but actually begin to determine the outcome of games, it's no longer acceptable and must be addressed by the NFL. "And then to get a phone call".



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