By Andrew Porter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Commercial, kickoff, commercial, play, flag, injury, flag, punt, commercial, rinse and repeat. It seems to be the frustrating pattern of every NFL game and former Eagles Pro Bowl linebacker Seth Joyner is fed up.

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“You watch a game and it’s like every other play there’s a flag and I’m like, just let the game be played,” Joyner told Glen Macnow and Ike Reese Tuesday on the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show. “You know? Especially things that don’t affect a particular play, you know. If they throw the ball to the right and you got a penalty on the left in the secondary, let it go, because that play didn’t affect the ball at all. The object of the game is where the ball is, whether you’re running it, whether you’re passing it. So the focus should be there, not on something that is going on on the other side of the field because that play didn’t affect the outcome of the play in one iota. It’s becoming more and more difficult to just sit and watch a game because we see more of the referees in the game than we see what’s really going on in the game now of days.”

Joyner continued his rant on the pace of the game, primarily blaming the excessive instant replays.

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“They want to speed up the game, that the priority they’ve been talking about, ‘Oh three hour game, three hour game,'” Joyner said. “It’s not necessarily the pace of play and all the other elements they bring into equation. Now of days, it’s the stoppage of the game and the review. ‘This play is under review.’ My goodness. You know? Make a call and move on. This two or three minutes that they spend, five minutes that they spend reviewing a play, seeing all the angles and calling New York and all—come on man, just play the game man. People don’t want to watch that. The game is what people tune into watch.”

We’ll continue to watch because, well, that’s what we do, but the NFL certainly isn’t helping their own cause with all of their recent rule changes.


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