Back off the owner reactions


The presence of owners and front office members at NFL games is a given. They will be in attendance, but they stay out of the spotlight by sitting in luxury suites and far away from the action.

It is expected for these members of the organization to react to the action, but it is not necessary to make a big deal about every small reaction.

This became evident while watching the telecast of the Browns-Chargers game this past Sunday on CBS.

The game was filled with poor performances on both sides of the ball for both teams, which drew frustrated reactions.

Networks often key in on these fan, player, coach and owners reactions to poor plays. The same held true for new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III.

When the players for the Browns made bad plays, such as dropping passes or fumbling the ball, Haslam reacted how any owner or even fan would react. He was visibly frustrated.

It is acceptable to show Haslam once or twice throughout the game, but it seemed every single time there was a bad play on the field, the camera was instantly focused on Haslam — waiting for some type of reaction.

Fans should want to see a reaction out of the owner.

But an owner who cares about his team should not be something broadcast crews focus on in a negative light. A reaction shows commitment to bettering the on-the-field product, along with a commitment to consistent success.

The same goes for coaches in similar situations.  The head coach should be upset, because if not it would show a lack of caring about his team, which he is held accountable for.

Showing reactions from coaches and owners/front office members is done to try and dramatize games, but hopefully fans can realize that this dramatization is taking place, and not look into the issue too much.

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