Count Rams coach Jeff Fisher among the many who believe the Patriots got a raw deal on the last play of Monday night’s loss to the Panthers.
Fisher, a longtime member of the NFL’s competition committee who has a firm understanding of the rule book, says back judge Terrence Miles made the right call when he threw a flag on the Panthers for pass interference. Unfortunately, after the officiating crew talked it over, the wrong call was made, and the flag was picked up.
“I personally feel like the flag went down for a reason, and it looked like a foul to me,” Fisher said at his Tuesday news conference, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. “So, that’s my opinion. Because I was not on the sideline, obviously, I can voice my opinion [without getting fined].”
Fisher isn’t a completely neutral observer: He’s still hoping his team can get back into the NFC wild card race, and the Panthers are the leaders in the NFC wild card race. So it’s safe to say he was rooting for the Patriots. But Fisher’s comments are one more demonstration that a whole lot of people who know the rules of the NFL very well are saying that the officials got this one wrong.