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Mike Shanahan complains about “horrible” call

Complaining about the officiating crew after a loss is generally bad form by a head coach.  But we can’t blame Redskins coach Mike Shanahan on Sunday.

It’s not the officiating was one sided. Jeff Triplette’s crew made shaky calls that hurt both teams, with two particularly bad roughing calls. (On London Fletcher and Vince Wilfork.)

Shanahan didn’t try to hide his feelings about Triplette’s call when the officials flagged Fletcher for unnecessary roughness against Tom Brady.  (We agree. It was horrible.)

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47 Responses to “Mike Shanahan complains about “horrible” call”
  1. yeahyeahyeahbono14 says: Dec 11, 2011 6:53 PM

    There were some pretty garbage calls on both sides of the game.

  2. fittytuckin says: Dec 11, 2011 6:54 PM

    I’m not impressed with Shanahan post Elway.

  3. eastcoastv says: Dec 11, 2011 7:03 PM

    Jeff Triplette and his crew should be fired. All of their calls are suspect. Wasn’t it last week when he explained the overtime rules wrong? What does it take to get fired in the officiating arena?

  4. jmsincla says: Dec 11, 2011 7:06 PM

    Can’t say I disagree with him.

  5. emmac13 says: Dec 11, 2011 7:07 PM

    Who’s impressed by Mike Shanahan? By the way: How old is London Fletcher? At least with Philly throwing around money and sucking Dan Snyder can take a break.

  6. zimaman says: Dec 11, 2011 7:17 PM

    I agree with Shanny that was a bad call but Christ all might it was the PATS that took the short end of the stick today. They got jobbed all day long.

  7. ctgiantfan says: Dec 11, 2011 7:17 PM

    Jeff Tripplette’s crew was horrible again this week. I oray they don’t get a playoff game this season.

  8. ctgiantfan says: Dec 11, 2011 7:18 PM

    *pray

  9. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 11, 2011 7:21 PM

    You Tebow critics at PFT better say some nice things about him tonight. 285 yards of offense and ANOTHER comeback win. You can talk poorly about him all you want, but he wins. Period.

  10. scytherius says: Dec 11, 2011 7:23 PM

    I used to be an official (basketball HS and college) for years and so am not inclined to ever “bash” officials. But I tell ya, the NFL has GOT to do something about these terrible calls. They are game changers and they shouldn’t be.

  11. Chairman Al says: Dec 11, 2011 7:23 PM

    Shanahan’s face color matches his sweatshirt…

  12. swampymux12 says: Dec 11, 2011 7:23 PM

    There’s really not a lot of accountability for Officials in the NFL. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is the same crew that had a “rough” outing last week in the Green Bay/New York game. I think the NFL needs to have a cut and dry definition of roughing, def holding, illegal contact, and pass interference. They need to take as much judgement out of the hands of officials as they can, officiating seems to be particularly bad this year. Never should officiating cost a team a football game, that’s complete BS. Also, reviews should be handled by a replay crew that handles all reviews. With today’s tech, there is no reason that a guy sitting in a room somewhere can’t take care of all the calls, then there would be some consistency in the rules.

  13. thehatefulnerd says: Dec 11, 2011 7:24 PM

    Triplette has sucked for years.

  14. gcsuk says: Dec 11, 2011 7:24 PM

    What a shock. A horrible call by Triplette’s crew. At what point does the NFL just fire this guy and his crew?

  15. thejuddstir says: Dec 11, 2011 7:25 PM

    We all know the league darlings, Pats, Packers and Saints will always get the calls. NFL officiating borders on WWF officiating. Since the 1980 the NFL has been transformed from sport to entertainment.

  16. benh999 says: Dec 11, 2011 7:26 PM

    Did I miss something and it is now permissible to tackle a sliding QB? Some garbage calls in the game, but that didn’t seem like one to me.

  17. jutts says: Dec 11, 2011 7:30 PM

    The officiating has been terrible this year just like last year and the year before that. These guys should be young, inshape, good eyes and most of all. The Should be full-time, not part time employees.

  18. pistolpete31 says: Dec 11, 2011 7:30 PM

    It really mattered since he threw an interception on that drive.

  19. patsfiend says: Dec 11, 2011 7:33 PM

    They were horrible the whole game, and the Carter and Wilfork calls more than made up for the bad call against Fletcher.

  20. bravin4evr says: Dec 11, 2011 7:33 PM

    if the players can be fined; why can’t the officials?

  21. geniusfan says: Dec 11, 2011 7:35 PM

    The refs were horrible in this game for the Redskins AND the Patriots.

    The Fletcher and Wilfork penalties were bogus calls at this point though you have to expect some terrible calls by the officials in every game.

  22. melikefootball says: Dec 11, 2011 7:39 PM

    Trouble is he is correct. The league office is so hard headed and so fine heavy they are blind to see what so many rules is doing in a game. The crews on the field make questionable calls in each game with not one public explaination from the league office . Todays game was a great example.

  23. zaggs says: Dec 11, 2011 7:41 PM

    Triplette’s crew just sucks.

  24. blspears says: Dec 11, 2011 7:42 PM

    I was at the game, Jeff Tripplette is a terrible referee . Although Mike should have complained about Kyle calling the pass play he did in their own end zone knowing that Rex Grossman fumbles when the wind blows, ending with an Andre Carter sack, strip, touchdown on the 3rd play of the game.

  25. Soulman45 says: Dec 11, 2011 7:57 PM

    Be like THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS
    Win don’t cry.

  26. keepyerstickontheice says: Dec 11, 2011 7:58 PM

    Obviously this is all the fault of London Fletcher.

    #1) Fletcher should have known that defense (i.e. “tackling”) is illegal in the NoFunLeague.

    #2) Making eye contact with Tom Brady (and Peyton Manning) is also illegal, as well as physical contact, sarcasm, and metaphor.

    #3) Celebration (a.k.a. walking back to the huddle) is a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-like penalty.

    Shame on you London, you knew all these rules and insisted on playing the game the way it used to be, nine months ago. Stop living in the past!

  27. jpb12 says: Dec 11, 2011 8:07 PM

    Bad officiating all around.
    Fletcher call on Brady was a joke.
    So was the call on Carter ‘roughing passer’.

  28. deadmanwalking47 says: Dec 11, 2011 8:08 PM

    there were awful calls both ways. refs never let up on calling penalties when brady is involved or vick either.
    kyle is an awful oc,and he should get canned after the season,but it will never happen.if the skins O gets as better as the skins D has this year,we may have a lot better team next year.

  29. aljack88 says: Dec 11, 2011 8:25 PM

    Bad call on Fletcher. The calls on Wilfork and Carter were also just as bogus.

    When listening to Shanahan’s judgement about anything, though, I have to wonder why it took til week 12 to start Helu.

  30. gimmeabruschi says: Dec 11, 2011 8:30 PM

    Clearly the wrong call on the hit to the head. But there was absolutely no attempt to let up by the defender when it was obvious Brady was going into the slide. Like it or not they are usually going to call something if you hit a QB when he starts a slide.

  31. grogansheroes says: Dec 11, 2011 8:47 PM

    keepyerstickontheice says:
    Dec 11, 2011 7:58 PM
    Obviously this is all the fault of London Fletcher.

    #1) Fletcher should have known that defense (i.e. “tackling”) is illegal in the NoFunLeague.

    #2) Making eye contact with Tom Brady (and Peyton Manning) is also illegal, as well as physical contact, sarcasm, and metaphor.

    #3) Celebration (a.k.a. walking back to the huddle) is a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-like penalty.

    Shame on you London, you knew all these rules and insisted on playing the game the way it used to be, nine months ago. Stop living in the past!

    Also, Vince Wilfork should know better than to tackle a FULLBACK! Also Andre Carter should never tackle Wrecks. Face it the refs were terrible in BOTH directions. I am sure this crew will be fined a game check tomorrow! Not!

  32. bucks12965 says: Dec 11, 2011 8:49 PM

    This guy hasn’t been a good coach for years.

    There were bad calls both ways.

    Skins got beat by a better team. Shanahan just looks like a sally crying about the calls.

  33. 6250claimer says: Dec 11, 2011 9:04 PM

    Tripplete’s crew and (don’t even get me started about) Jerome Boger’s crew are consistently THE worst crews in the league, to the point that they should both be shot and sent back to their day jobs. Neither of those crews should be officiating at ANY level, much less the NFL. Complete and utter embarrassment to the game.

  34. cardmagnet says: Dec 11, 2011 9:12 PM

    I wonder how much Shanahan will be fined by Commodore Goodell for having the nerve to publicly criticize the (admittedly horrible) refs.

  35. swagger52 says: Dec 11, 2011 9:14 PM

    I didn’t watch the game but let me guess….

    The Refs give the Patriots a huge call that decides the game, then near the end, they make some calls the other way so as to appear bad for both teams? The Patriots, Steelers win at least five games per year like that. Why do we put up with this throwing of the games for the Patriots?

  36. blackbeardk says: Dec 11, 2011 9:41 PM

    Fletcher was in midair when Brady begins his slide…pretty bogus…but not as bogus as the touchdown that was called back by the Emmy award winning dive that Julian Edelman took when he chucked Santana Moss…Moss used the chuck to break to the right, Edelman fell over backwards, touchdown negated for good acting…

  37. easterbunny007 says: Dec 11, 2011 9:59 PM

    The league NEEDS full-time refs who are accountable. It seems that each year the calls are worse and worse. If we want better referees we need to pay them more and give them more to do; give them more incentives to make the right calls. As of now, the guys making the calls are moonlighting from their real job. This needs to be changed.

    Now will someone please figure out how to make this happen – not so easy when you consider that season is short w/few games… but someone please find a viable way to have full-time refs (or at least better, more accountable refs).

  38. jolink653 says: Dec 11, 2011 10:02 PM

    He’s complaining about that? If anyone should be complaining it should be the patriots…those calls on Carter and wilfork were an absolute disgrace…the Fletcher call could have gone either way but defensive players should always be aware that quarterbacks slide 9 times out of 10 after a run and he did go for the big hit which I didn’t like at all so he shouldn’t have been As surprised as he seemed to be when the flag came out

  39. cowhawkfan says: Dec 11, 2011 10:37 PM

    The sliding rule is crap. Brady slid AFTER Fletcher was airborne. Also, I’ve seen QBs fake a slide and keep running. Tha split second freezes the Defense. Get rid of it. U run the ball, u get hit. Just ask McCoy!!

  40. demons87 says: Dec 11, 2011 10:48 PM

    To all those people saying that Brady and the other elite QBs get all the calls you should know your facts.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/sorry-Michael-Vick-NFL-referees-do-not-play-favorites-092911

    This article by former head of the refs, Mike Perreira, was written when Vick was complaining that he doesn’t get the calls. The study showed that Brady, Peyton, Eli, Romo, and Big Ben are all at the bottom of the list for getting roughing the passer calls per pass attempt. The facts show that the worse a QB is, the more likely he is to get the call.

    While the call was bad, it was bad by a 10th of a second. As a defender you have to know the rules, how they are interpreted and that the league protects QBs. If it’s questionable, the QB is going to get the call. Look at the Andre Carter roughing the passer. He barely touched Rex’s feet with his arm and he gets a call. He didn’t drive his shoulder into his leg, which is the way the penalty was intended. However, Carter should know know that hitting a QB below the waist, even if it was a love tap, is going to get a flag.

    As far as the call giving the game to the Pats, I think Santana Moss did that in tipping the ball to Mayo.

  41. camlwalk says: Dec 11, 2011 11:49 PM

    I agree that the officiating was embarrassingly awful all game, both ways. I have a bone to pick with CBS for not showing a single replay of the OPI called on Santana Moss that negated a potential tying Redskin touchdown with 1:12 left in the game. The entire game came down to that play and we got no replay….none. Ridiculous. Amateur hour.

  42. shep2837 says: Dec 12, 2011 12:30 AM

    The only bad call was Snyder hiring Shanahan.

  43. commonsensedude says: Dec 12, 2011 1:08 AM

    Jeff Triplette and his crew have become a liability for the image of NFL officiating. How many other refs have been the subject of NFL news stories for screwing up games and/or accidentally injuring players?

  44. CKL says: Dec 12, 2011 2:33 AM

    6250claimer says:
    Dec 11, 2011 9:04 PM
    Tripplete’s crew and (don’t even get me started about) Jerome Boger’s crew are consistently THE worst crews in the league, to the point that they should both be shot and sent back to their day jobs. Neither of those crews should be officiating at ANY level, much less the NFL. Complete and utter embarrassment to the game.
    __________________________________
    I knew Boger’s crew would suck because he came from Gerry Austin’s crew and Austin almost defines that word.

    Triplette is execrable…bad for both sides today.

    Listening to any player or coach crying about refs after a game though doesn’t sit well with me.

  45. joebagadonuts says: Dec 12, 2011 8:47 AM

    pistolpete31 says:
    Dec 11, 2011 7:30 PM
    It really mattered since he threw an interception on that drive.
    ___________

    If you’re referring to the Brady-Fletcher call, you’re wrong. That drive ended with a field goal that tied the game at 20. The penalty, however, occurred in Redskins territory, so the field goal probably would have happened anyway.

  46. easterbunny007 says: Dec 12, 2011 10:20 AM

    Another trend that concerns me is when refs make a few calls which 20/20 hindsight blatantly favor one team… then they “correct” the situation by making a few bad calls in the other team’s favor, so each team is punished but also benefits from the bad calls. There is something fundamentally wrong with this approach. Bad calls do NOT negate one another! This is unacceptable. We need more transparency from the higher ups in the NFL on league follows-up on bad calls. More transparency from the NFL VP of officiating… The refs need to be paid more but also have more to lose if their calls are patently wrong in judgement calls.

  47. jolink653 says: Dec 12, 2011 11:26 AM

    yeaa i take back what i said before…the hit looked pretty clean even though it came on a slide and tom brady even said he thought it was a clean hit…i think in the grand scheme of things though it evened out because of the other awful calls that went against the patriots

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