I do think we’re heading in the right direction.

The latest controversial penalty was on a hit by Ahmad Brooks of the San Francisco 49ers to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Mara defended that as the “proper call.”

“Is it more difficult for officials? Yes, I think it is and unfortunately these calls get scrutinized and replayed over and over again and it does increase the pressure on officials. I think those are thing we just have to live with because we do need to continue to try to make the game safer. That’s an obligation that all of us who are associated with the NFL have, and it’s something that I take very seriously being on the Competition Committee,” Mara said.

“Listen there are plenty of calls against my team that I don’t particularly like from time to time, but when you sit back at the end of the season and look at everything there are certain things that you just have to live with in order to make the game safer for the players. I think it’s well worth the effort that we’re putting into it.

“I do think we’re heading in the right direction. It’s not going to be without controversy, it’s not always going to be smooth sailing but if we can reduce the number of hits to the head and neck area and reduce the number of serious injuries then it’s all worthwhile.”

It is a fact of life in the MAC. The better you do, the faster you are looking for a new coach. You just hope to claim as many prizes as possible before he leaves.

Northern Illinois pulled this off a few years ago. The Huskies, two years removed from losing Jerry Kill to Minnesota, claimed an Orange Bowl berth before losing Dave Doeren to NC State. Bowling Green at least got conference titles out of Doeren (2017) and Dino Babers (2017) before losing them to Wake Forest and Syracuse, respectively.
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