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Week 3 remainders: Boldin on refs, ‘the crap is costing us games’


49ers receiver Anquan Boldin was flagged for head-butting Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson, and while he owned his role in that penalty, Boldin said the officials let too many Cardinals infractions slide. “For me, it’s been obvious the last two weeks the amount of calls that have gone against us and the amount of calls that we’ve gotten … You send the tape in, and the NFL just reports back, ‘We made a mistake.’ But at the same time, the crap is costing us games. At some point, they need to be held accountable.”

They amended it for Favre! Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said that the fate of the game comes down to a coin flip in overtime, not the 13 plays and 80 yard that followed it: “It puts a premium on the coin toss. Called tails at the beginning of the game, went with it again in overtime. It was heads, and proved to be a significant call.” In the 2009 NFC Championship Game, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre rode the bench to defeat in overtime without taking a snap, leading the NFL to immediately change its seven-decade-old rule to allow extra innings in football.

Jets defensive linebacker Demario Davis was denied the first six points of his career when quarterback Jay Cutler was ruled to have been down before fumbling the ball. Davis said Tuesday: “They’re supposed to let that play stay open. They’re taught to call that a fumble because you can always review it. If you blow it dead, the play dies there. That came back to bite us in the butt, but we didn’t have the best officiating in this game.”

Washington defensive lineman Chris Baker will not be fined or suspended for leveling Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on a change of possession. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said the hit was completely within the rules. “You can talk about whether it might fall under unsportsmanlike conduct [actually, it would be unnecessary roughness]. But when you know the rule and you look at the play, he didn’t hit him in the head. He didn’t hit him in the neck. We looked at it. I looked at it very closely. He’s not going to be fined for that.” Baker was ejected after the play; while the ejection was announced with the roughing the passer penalty, his participation in the post-play fight likely was the reason for his ejection. A second penalty call was not really required in this situation, but it would have added clarity.

Image: San Francisco 49ers photo

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4 thoughts on “Week 3 remainders: Boldin on refs, ‘the crap is costing us games’

  1. Wait, where are the replacements? How could players be complaining if the regular officials are out there? Since the end of the lockout two years ago this week, the regulars as they like to call themselves, I have been absolutely terrible. Just look back on to last years postings as well as 2012. Batting calls and playoff games, Tom Symonette not admitting to it is obvious inadvertent whistle in Cincinnati into 2012; the loss of a minute and 18 seconds off the game Clock in San Francisco during a measurement and no one fixed it! Bob Waggoner letting the ball roll before they pulled the chains for a measurement in the AFC championship game last year in Denver. Never mind his getting burned to the goal line on the long touchdown pass that won the game; Jerome Boger….’nought said there. If any college officials hoping to move up ever committed any of these errors, their chances of moving up would be over. Three weeks of replacement officials yielded one inadvertent whistle. In one week after that there were five by the so-called regular officials.
    Where are Peter King, Steve Young, and all the other anti-replacement media characters? What a bunch of hypocrites! There were replacement officials who did a much better job than the so-called regulars. The NFL won’t admit that, but it’s the truth. They may have replaced 13 officials the season, but there are about another 6 to 10 who need to go.

  2. So tired about that. Bad players blame the officials. Bad coaches blame the officials.
    “We looked at it qaudrillion times from zillion angles and yes, maybe there was a foul which you can see in a second, but you should not whistle because of our “amount of calls”. We shell bring the replacements!!! Boo!”.

  3. The complaining will never cease, so long as the nepotism continues. Officials hired because they are legacies, even though they have no business on an NFL field, let alone a D3 field. As for Symonette, how about his IW he failed to own up to in the Panthers/Redskins game in 2012? Or the 8 or 9 spots he was off on in the Super Bowl? They promised him a job if he would leave the field. He got the job, (look it up) even though he has no knowledge of NCAA rules or mechanics, and he did not leave the field. Disgusting. Move a terrible LOS official to a deep position (where he has about 90% less responsibilities than as a short wing) instead of telling him to take a walk, simply because he has been touched by one of the “hands of god.” The suck up posters on this site simply refuse to acknowledge the truth about the entire officiating system and “moving up.”

  4. How about Bob Waggoner, old and slow? Getting burned in the Monday night game despite the 25-yard Headstart. Forgot to mention Ed Hochuli facing the wrong way THREE different times this season already. Can you imagine a replacement doing that even ones? He would be crucified in the media. Oh, that’s right, it did happen ONCE. Somehow his son, at only 33 years old, is ready for the NFL. There are officials out there with more years experience and he’s been alive who should be there.

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