Protecting the players. Making this a safer game. That's what the NFL has sought out to do.

Getty Images

In making this proclamation, NFL referees are forced to make judgement calls in a split second.

"The game is too fast, too strong and too big for officials to make the right decisions," said ESPN Radio's Freddie Coleman, who joined Armen on 104.5 The Team Tuesday. "There are so many rules that they have to have in their head to make a quick decision."

With 3:20 to play this last Sunday, Ahmad Brooks of the 49ers had a hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees that would've won the game for San Fransisco.

One thing is for sure: These days life isn't easy for NFL defensive players or referees.

AUDIO: Freddie Coleman on MNF referee call and Ahmad Brooks penalty: