Originally posted on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 11/7/11
  There's an interesting dynamic going on in the NFL this season in that rookie head coaches seem to be more open and honest about their displeasure with calls made by referees. Ono Monday, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera took that concept a bit further by claiming that when you're a new coach in the NFL, it takes time to build up "equity" among the existing officiating crews. Rivera's Panthers currently rank fourth in the NFL with 65 total penalties (74 if you incluse declined and offsetting), and they've lost 560 yards as a result. They've had 19 holding penalties and 11 false starts, with eight defensive offside calls — a penalty officials appear to be calling with increasing frequency — as well. "I do feel that as a first-year coach, you're not getting the calls you would like to be balanced out. That's just kind of the way it is," Rivera said Monday. "We'll go through it and as we become a team where people tend to pay a little more attention to us and respect what we d...
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