NFL fans sound off on who complains the most. One player might surprise you


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It doesn’t matter which team you cheer for, there always seems to be someone complaining about a penalty, a lack of one, playing the wrong player, or a player not getting to play.

MIBets, a betting site licensed by the Michigan Division of Gaming Enforcement, surveyed more than 2,000 NFL fans to see which fan base they believe complains the most. MIBets said 50% of its responders identified as male and 50% identified as female. The average age of the fans who responded to the survey was 34 years old.

This is who they view as the fan base that complains the most.

  • Dallas Cowboys
    • Most annoying habit is that they complain about referees
  • New England Patriots
    • Most annoying habit is that they complain about referees
  • Philadelphia Eagles
    • Most annoying habit is that they complain about referees
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    • Most annoying habit is that they complain about referees
  • New York Jets
    • Most annoying habit is that they complain about coach/coaching

Kansas City comes in at No. 12 on the list and is known to complain about referees during the game the most. Meanwhile, fans of the Arizona Cardinals are thought to complain the least. When they do complain, it’s about players.

When it comes to coaches, fans likely won’t be too surprised with the names that made the list of biggest complainers.

  • Bill Belichick (New England Patriots)
  • Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Urban Meyer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Mike McCarthy (Dallas Cowboys)
  • John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens)

The list of quarterback who are known to complain a lot isn’t shocking either, except for the fifth name on this list.

  • Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
  • Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns)
  • Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)

That’s right. NFL fans perceive that the Chiefs quarterback complains more than almost every other NFL quarterback.

MIBets says the Dallas Cowboys, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick also took top spots in their respective categories in its 2020 survey. The site said that makes them reigning complaining champs.

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