Re: Browns vs Steelers
We fans have such a huge advantage. We sit in our comfy living rooms (or local pub), watching on a big screen TV, with all types of technology at our disposal. We got the TV announcers, with the aid of the technicians in the booth, showng us a particular play over and over again and from every different angle and viewpoint. We got our DVRs (Tivo) that allow us to consistently review a play.
So by the time we're done, we can come to a pretty sure conclusion whether the right call was or wasn't made, or whether a coach should/shouldn't have throw the red flag.
So they are consistently under our "microscope".
Those field refs or sideline coaches don't have that to their advantage, so I try to cut them some slack unless it is really obvious. It's a tough job that is moving at a pretty fast pace.
Don't get me wrong. I agree with some of the improvements they have made in the game. I just think, sometimes, they are striving to hard to achieve some sort of "perfection", via technology, that may not be able to be achieved without really slowing the game down even more.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations