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Arians contacts league office about “many problems” with officiating

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians didn’t blame the officiating after Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, but today he acknowledged that he wants answers from the league office about some key calls that hurt his team.

Arians said today that there “were obviously very many problems” with the officiating. He added that he brought about 15 calls to the attention of the officials and expects straight answers from NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino.

“There is a protocol to follow. We followed the protocol. Dean Blandino does a great job being honest on the calls,” Arians said.

The NFL being honest about bad calls after the fact is nice, but nothing can take back the fact that the Cardinals think they got screwed. A holding call on safety Tyrann Mathieu that negated Patrick Peterson’s interception, a holding call on linebacker Matt Shaughnessy that gave the Eagles a key first down and a failure to call pass interference on a fourth down pass by the Cardinals were all crucial.

The loss to the Eagles was a huge blow to the Cardinals’ playoff hopes, and it’s legitimate to say questionable officiating was a key factor in that loss. You can hardly blame Arians for wanting answers.

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  1. dodohead418 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:30 PM

    At least it is getting somewhat addressed!

  2. dmartin17 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:32 PM

    I remember everyone whining about the replacements. I also remember people like me telling you that “the regular officials weren’t that good either”.

    so ya, I guess this is a told-you-so.

  3. footballpun says: Dec 2, 2013 5:32 PM

    Looks like someone needs to call the Whaaaambulance. /e trolling

  4. ray1950 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:33 PM

    Remember the huge debate over replacement officials? Based on some of the calls I’ve seen this year, they weren’t any worse than the regular guys.

  5. pillowporkers says: Dec 2, 2013 5:34 PM

    Not a Cardinals fan at all, and I’m certainly not saying they would’ve won that game on Sunday, but Arians has every right to be upset. There were 2 plays (2nd and 4th down) on the Cardinals last drive that could’ve been defensive holding on Michael Floyd I thought (moreso the 4th down play). Then when Philly got the ball back, that defensive holding call to virtually end the game was embarrassing.

  6. r502 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:35 PM

    Says the coach of the losing team.

  7. bunjy96 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:37 PM

    Similar situations occured in the Giants/Skins and Panthers/Tampa games.

  8. tommymomoney says: Dec 2, 2013 5:38 PM

    I only saw that Shaugnessy call, not the others. If you grab the TE’s pads and jersey as the TE is trying to get by you on a pass pattern, that is holding. D-linemen actually get away with that too often.

  9. eaglesfan036 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:38 PM

    I think both the Cardinals penalties were definitely penalties, but the no call on the Cardinals 4th down attempt was bad because Fletcher mugged their receiver.

  10. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Dec 2, 2013 5:41 PM

    So yea we’ve finally arrived to where the officials are determining the playoffs…

    Good work Blandino…

    (Signed)… Legitimacy of the game

  11. ochospantalones says: Dec 2, 2013 5:42 PM

    I’m an Eagles fan- I thought the holding call on Mathieu was pretty marginal. He did have his hands on Avant outside of 5 yards, so it was not totally insane, but I did not see an actual hold there. It’s impossible to know how the refs are going to call those sorts of plays anymore.

  12. bmorepositive123 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:42 PM

    Anybody else notice that the Cardinals got 5-8 benefits of the doubt on calls when they were losing, but then didn’t on the last 2 calls of the game? Justice was served at the end of the game.

    Quit complaining and go beat the Niners in Week 17…

  13. tmcb7 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:44 PM

    Nothing will be done.
    The same crew will be officiating for years to come… still making horrible calls.
    more teams will be screwed…
    that’s how sports works. It’s the same in MLB too.

  14. dwarftosser says: Dec 2, 2013 5:50 PM

    The regular officials miss as lot of calls, but you guys thinking they aren’t any worse than the replacement officials are just insane. At least the real refs aren’t giving teams 4 timeouts in a half, or calling unsportsmanlike conduct when a coach calls a timeout, or giving a team 27 yards on a 15 yard penalty… and they can tell the difference between an interception and a touchdown.

  15. lightcleric says: Dec 2, 2013 5:50 PM

    I’d be upset because the Eagles got away with more in that game than the Cardinals did. That’s not why they lost; they lost because they dug themselves in a big hole early. But they still have very legitimate gripes, and if the coaches don’t start calling the officials on it, bad refs are just going to be able to dumb things without ever being held accountable.

    The league obviously isn’t going to do anything about refs without being pressured. They’re way too busy with more important issues like fining people for their sock colors.

  16. theauger says: Dec 2, 2013 5:51 PM

    I for one, would like to know where the Steelers are marching. Are you marching towards last place in the AFCN? A top 10 pick in the draft? Mediocrity?

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:54 PM

    He has a legitimate gripe after that circus act yesterday. Easily the worst (by volume, a half dozen brutal calls/non-calls that went Philadelphia’s way) and brazen attempt to slant the game by officials all season.

  18. eagles512 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:54 PM

    I guess he’s ignoring the bad calls throughout that his team also benefited from. And I agree 2 of the 3 calls mentioned were bad but Shaunnessy definitely committed a penalty. That was a legit call.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:55 PM

    tommymomoney says: Dec 2, 2013 5:38 PM

    I only saw that Shaugnessy call, not the others. If you grab the TE’s pads and jersey as the TE is trying to get by you on a pass pattern, that is holding. D-linemen actually get away with that too often.
    ——————–

    Justin Smith doesn’t know what you’re talking about.

  20. doctorart2013 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:58 PM

    There’s lousy calls almost every game, the penalty on Shaughnessy was legit, he held James Casey on the play…the Eagles won the game fair and square, just look at the standings….EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!

  21. bigben302013 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:58 PM

    The lack of pass interference calls was consistent throughout the game on both sides. To have called the 4th down play interference would have been an indictment on every other call they didn’t make. The call “Moose” complained about was a clear hold, he had the TE’s jersey in hand while pursuing Foles! Unfortunate but not erroneous. Now they’re even for the no-call in the 2009 NFC Championship when Kevin Curtis got mugged on 4th down pass!

  22. nflfan4now says: Dec 2, 2013 5:58 PM

    Bill’s had the same problems. A phantom holding call on the opposite side of the field from a reception and a ridiculous interference call in the endzone at the end of regulation.

    Of course, the owners don’t care because they are making a lot of money, but I’ll bet neither would have been called at their real home filed.

    The watching the screwup in the Washingtin game makes you really wonder what is up???

  23. rodeoclownclint24 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:58 PM

    They need to get younger refs these old ass refs cant see crap and are to slow to keep up with the speed of the game

  24. mrap25 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:59 PM

    It is becoming more and more obvious from watching every week that the speed of game is too fast for the zebras to officiate on the field no matter how hard they try.

    This coupled with the ability of the general public, the coaches, and the commentators to break every little bit of contact down in hi-def frame-by-frame super slo-mo, make it a nearly impossible task in terms of accountability. Everyone is looking for the perfectly called game even though it has become impossible…

  25. beardinals says: Dec 2, 2013 6:00 PM

    The Cardinals played a sloppy game AND STILL brought it to within 3 points.

    The Call on D holding on the Peterson interception was definitely BS – especially compared to the plays they were allowing for both teams throughout the game. If they can’t be good, maybe they can at least be consistent.

  26. eagles92 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:00 PM

    Did he bring up the bogus holding call on Kurt Colman during the desean Jackson punt return for a td? Something in my guy tells me he left that one out lol

  27. raideralex99 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:00 PM

    15 calls ???
    Proves the league is deciding the out come of the games.
    Raider fans have know these for awhile … it’s good to see another team get screwed.

  28. 302baller says: Dec 2, 2013 6:00 PM

    It could go both ways~ The Cardinals had a call reversed which they should not have. They also got a way with numerous holding calls on wideouts, including a deep pass to Cooper. They lost because they are losers.

  29. richardmswartz says: Dec 2, 2013 6:02 PM

    The Cardinals got out played by too big a margin for too much of the game to try to blame this loss on the refs.

  30. zizzoo says: Dec 2, 2013 6:02 PM

    Was the BS holding call on Desean Jackason punt return for a TD one of those plays he sent to the league office? Sooore loooooser!!!!

  31. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 2, 2013 6:02 PM

    Seriously Arians? You’re the coach of the Cardinals now. Get used to it.

  32. Go-Hawks! says: Dec 2, 2013 6:03 PM

    The officials blow goats on Sunday. The NFL apologizes on Monday. Everyone is pissed-off the rest of the week.

    The league admitting that the calls were wrong is basically the same as them saying “Yup, our bad, next game.”

    There is no accountability.

  33. theauger says: Dec 2, 2013 6:06 PM

    The referees ruined what was a good game.

    The Eagles did enough to win the game, but got bailed out with some favorable calls in the last five minutes. I don’t mind not getting the PI on the 2nd or 4th down plays with Michael Floyd if you hadn’t just called a ticky-tack holding foul away from the ball on the PP int. On top of that, you can’t turn around & call holding on that 3rd down play.

    The referees let both defenses play physical contact football for 55 mins & then in the last 5 mins of the game switched the way they were calling the game & only made calls for one team down the stretch.

    The Matt Shaughnessy holding call was so egregious that I don’t know how anyone can defend it. A TE who blocks/chip blocks at the line of scrimmage can be held while still on the line of scrimmage. It’s the same rule that applies to RB(s) who chip block on screen plays.

  34. 700levelvet says: Dec 2, 2013 6:06 PM

    The NFL cares about one thing , and one thing only. No matter how much BS comes out of their pie holes…They will act like they are addressing what is an obvious problem, but as long as the coins roll in, they simply don’t care…

  35. beardinals says: Dec 2, 2013 6:08 PM

    How many billions of dollars does the league have and they can’t eve hire full-time refs?

  36. deep64blue says: Dec 2, 2013 6:09 PM

    I wonder if he sent in all the plays that went his way ….

    Refs had a shocker no doubt but crazy to suggest they helped the Eagles win.

  37. vusnu says: Dec 2, 2013 6:10 PM

    Why doesn’t anybody bring back DeSean Jackson’s td return that was called back on a specious penalty?

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:11 PM

    bmorepositive123 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:42 PM

    Anybody else notice that the Cardinals got 5-8 benefits of the doubt on calls when they were losing, but then didn’t on the last 2 calls of the game? Justice was served at the end of the game.

    Quit complaining and go beat the Niners in Week 17…
    ————

    Pretty sure it was just you, Eagles fans and NFC West rivals who were hoping the Cards lost.

  39. tory707 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:11 PM

    Every single team in every single sport, high school, college and the pros get screwed all the time. These winers have to go away. Sick of hearing about. Looooooooooosers!!!!!!!!!!
    Eagles Win, Eagles Win, Eagles Win!!!

  40. junkfooddaddy says: Dec 2, 2013 6:12 PM

    The Cardinals had 2 huge calls go their way right before the calls they are complaining about. The Eagles punt return TD that was called back on a very late flag on a phantom holding call and the Eagles 35 yard run that was called back on an bad clipping call.

    It is unprofessional of Arians to blame the refs.

  41. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 2, 2013 6:13 PM

    And then there’s the 15 calls from every other game to deal with too. It’s just a total chaotic mess. No logical system in place.

  42. dcstinks says: Dec 2, 2013 6:15 PM

    stop crying. A loss is a loss. Blame yourself, not the refs.

  43. phillysophic says: Dec 2, 2013 6:16 PM

    i hope one of the calls arians sent is the holding call on the eagles that had nothing to do w/ what should have been a punt return for a td by desean or the call that sent the eagles back after mccoy scrambled for 35 yards…

    you lost…get over it and move on. each crew officiates slightly differently. there were iffy calls/non-calls on both sides. you can’t say one team got screwed and not the other…this gets highlighted b/c of the timing of it and the score (if the djax td stayed and the drive didn’t stall from the other mccoy run, then this could have been a 17 point lead at this point in the game — in which case, we wouldn’t even be discussing this in this much detail). but since it was a close game, it gets more attention than it otherwise would…in which case, then you have to question the calls on BOTH sides for consistency…not just the side that benefits you b/c you felt like you were screwed out of a win. you could have been screwed out of an embarrassment. you don’t know.

  44. bonniebengal says: Dec 2, 2013 6:17 PM

    Personally I think there have been too many bad calls for this to be anything other than purposeful. Some of these refs are changing the games on purpose. This appears to be larger than just “mistakes.”

  45. mightyminer says: Dec 2, 2013 6:24 PM

    I think it’s time for officials to start getting fined for blowing calls/missing calls or calling plays incorrectly.

  46. flyinhighwithvick says: Dec 2, 2013 6:24 PM

    If the Eagles had lost that game yesterday, and it was Chip Kelly that went running to the league office, it would be the absolute END OF THE WORLD. We would hear everything from booing Santa, to jails in the stadium, on and on and on. Suck it up Arians ya crybaby, ya lost. End of story.

  47. jmack86 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:30 PM

    The refs were absolutely horrific.. But let’s not pretend that they handed the game to the eagles. Without a ghost holding call from a ref that was, at best, 50 yards away from the ‘hold,’ Desean Jackson returns a punt for a touchdown to make the score 31-7 late in the third quarter. Cards should’ve been cooked way before any of the calls that put them away for good.

  48. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:31 PM

    I just wish they would let the defenders play a little bit. DB’s don’t have a chance and anybody that wants to tackle a qb has to think twice before doing so. Some qb’s like Brady, Manning, and Rogers get a flag if a defender just looks at them wrong.

    Also, the taunting rule is BS. Either call it or don’t. But be consistent. Sidney Rice got an unsportsmanlike penalty on him earlier in the year for spinning the ball after a play. Players do that multiple times in every game and it’s never been called otherwise. Then you watch Steve Smith and Anquan Boldin actually taunt after every catch and nothing is ever called. Just be consistent.

  49. 1zxcvbnm says: Dec 2, 2013 6:34 PM

    guess bruce forgot to mention the ticky-tac penalty on Jackson punt return for a TD, and the avant “block in the back” that eliminated a 25 yd. run by McCoy.

  50. s0merand0mguy says: Dec 2, 2013 6:35 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Dec 2, 2013 5:54 PM

    He has a legitimate gripe after that circus act yesterday. Easily the worst (by volume, a half dozen brutal calls/non-calls that went Philadelphia’s way) and brazen attempt to slant the game by officials all season.
    —————————–

    Now it’s a conspiracy theory huh? LOL wowwwww. Yeah the refs are helping rig the playoffs for the best/most ratings… I think somebody has been wearing a tin foil had for too long…

  51. pappageorgio says: Dec 2, 2013 6:35 PM

    The big market teams get calls (or no calls) every week. If big markets are losing a close game you can count on the refs to give them a second chance, via a drive extending call..or a drive Kiera going the other way, week in and week out.

    Look at the face mask on the Vikings on the FG that should have won them the game in regulation. That face mask (which was marginal at best) doesn’t get called 99% of the time….the refs pulled it out when the bears needed it. Doesn’t matter that the bears were too inept to actually win it.

    Officiating in the NFL has become a way of using a rule book that is too thick to ensure that many of the teams who sell the most merchandise continue to make the playoffs.

  52. rvillebluehen says: Dec 2, 2013 6:39 PM

    BOO HOO GO EAGLES. IT SEEMS TO ALWAYS BE SOMETHING OTHER THAN YOU WERE JUST OUTPLAYED. OFFICIALS, CROWD NOISE, PLAYNG SURFACE. YOU WERE JUST BEATEN, GET OVER IT. YOU HAVE ANOTHER TEAM TO GET READY TO PLAY. KEEP THINKING ABOUT THIS LOSS AND YOU’LL LOSE THE NEXT ON FOR SURE.

  53. laserw says: Dec 2, 2013 6:42 PM

    I am sure the Cardinals’ coach is going to identify the numerous non-calls on his team for offensive holding. I know he’ll be honest and admit that they got away with murder in that game on offense.

  54. melikefootball says: Dec 2, 2013 6:45 PM

    Good glad to see one of these coaches not afraid to see what the fans witness each week. Officials are beginning to sway the games in one direction or the other . To Many rules that they have to think about.

  55. dontouchmyjunk says: Dec 2, 2013 7:00 PM

    There were as many questionable calls against the Eagles. Just not on the last series. This is a whine fest. For one, Jackson punt return TD was a phantom call.

  56. dieselguy19 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:00 PM

    I’ve heard the stories about Philly fans, but my team being an AFC team I haven’t got to really see it. WOW did some of them confirm the reputation by responding to this article. There’s poor losers, and in this case poor winners. I’d embarassed to be an Eagles fan after reading some of the “cry baby” posts.

  57. rdrdrs58 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:01 PM

    As long as he included the bs calls that benefited his team, i am fine with him complaining and presenting calls to the league. Like the BS personal foul early in the game, the non PI call in the 2nd Q where Cooper was mugged down the sideline, the blatant missed call on the ball hitting the ground on a play they ruled a catch, the holding that wasnt called when Fitzgerald scored… the defensive line player was tackled in the backfield trying to get to Palmer… as long as those calls make it to the league… im good with it.

  58. nyeagles10 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:11 PM

    its all about dem eagles babyyy. hot @ the best timeee

  59. eagleswin says: Dec 2, 2013 7:14 PM

    dwarftosser says:
    Dec 2, 2013 5:50 PM
    The regular officials miss as lot of calls, but you guys thinking they aren’t any worse than the replacement officials are just insane. At least the real refs aren’t giving teams 4 timeouts in a half, or calling unsportsmanlike conduct when a coach calls a timeout, or giving a team 27 yards on a 15 yard penalty… and they can tell the difference between an interception and a touchdown.

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    In 2009 the regular NFL refs gave the Browns 4 timeouts, look it up. They told the chain gang it was first down when it was a 4th and 1 last night. They missed an obvious call when Tomlin should’ve gotten an unsportsmanlike penalty for being on the field.

    Dude, There’s at least 20 egregious things they missed or screwed up this week alone. Also, that greenbay interception/TD call you are whining about? It was confirmed by the league representative at the game before the next play was run. Accept that and move on.

    The reality is that the media created an unfounded hysteria regarding the replacement refs and some gullible people bought it.

  60. bigsmarty says: Dec 2, 2013 7:14 PM

    Lol the Eagles fans on here are pathetic.. everybody in the world knows the Cardinals got shafted. Enjoy your win and shut up.

  61. 49erfan44 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:17 PM

    More coaches should take it up with league. Downhill since Pereira left, Blandino is a joke, someone needs to be held accountable, not just “my bad”

  62. eagleswin says: Dec 2, 2013 7:20 PM

    mightyminer says:
    Dec 2, 2013 6:24 PM
    I think it’s time for officials to start getting fined for blowing calls/missing calls or calling plays incorrectly.

    ——————————-

    Good luck with that. That’s one of the reasons the refs were holding out. They wanted guaranteed salary for the rest of their lives and no accountability. Guys like Pat Summeral and Dan Diedorf were the front men telling everyone all game long that the replacements were so bad that everyone should be on their knees kissing the ref’s behinds to come back.

    Unfortunately, to many people believe what they are told on TV.

  63. IamtheBucsFan says: Dec 2, 2013 7:23 PM

    How about full time refs? It’s getting a bit old every week watching all the mistakes. What they have now is a group of lawyers or accountants Playing ref on Sundays. Make them full time, train them full time and force them to be professionals full time. It seems to get worse every year. Don’t know if it’s the speed of the game or not. It really doesn’t matter. Make them full time pros and I bet SOME of the mistakes won’t happen.

  64. rjmarrella says: Dec 2, 2013 7:24 PM

    From what I have heard, reporting complaints of calls to the officials on Monday morning is common practice. It is something that happens with every team win or lose. I’ve heard many reports about the Eagles under Joe Banner and Andy Reid calling every Monday to the point where the officials felt like it was an us ancestry.

  65. ziplock10 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:24 PM

    The interception that was taken away was a joke call. Nothing more than incidental contact was made.

  66. dabears7190 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:25 PM

    Hey, the officials play fantasy football, too.

  67. 12brichandfamous says: Dec 2, 2013 7:25 PM

    To all the whiners here: the game is over and will not be replayed. The result stands. the referees will review every call and look to improve. what more do you want?

    the purest form of NFL business is it’s brand and marketing it. The most important thing for the NFL is eyeballs watching games or reading about the game. the larger the viewership, the larger rights fees that can be commanded.

    to the NFL, there is no need to eliminate all bad calls because they generate viewership. sure,they want to minimize bad calls, but not eliminate them.

  68. fmwarner says: Dec 2, 2013 7:28 PM

    I can’t tell who is crazier – the conspiracy theorists saying the refs deliberately favor a league-approved team, or the blind people who think the real refs aren’t any better than the replacements.

  69. sillec28 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:29 PM

    Certainly is a good thing that we have the regular NFL refs and not those horrible replacement refs. Oh, wait . . . .

  70. 49erfan44 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:33 PM

    Or you could blame Mr. INT Carson Palmer himself.

  71. vegasdestroyer says: Dec 2, 2013 7:35 PM

    The refs also blew it on the Tomlin interference call. Arians should report that too.

  72. thefiesty1 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:36 PM

    It’s the Cardinal’s, get used to it.

  73. bobbyinlondon says: Dec 2, 2013 7:42 PM

    Let’s review some calls in that game–

    1. I know someone was at the game and they were watching the DeSean punt return for a TD who was watching the ref, and he said, the official WAITED until Jackson crossed the Cards 20 before he threw his flag for holding–which means that the holding occurred during somewhere between the 45 where Jackson caught it and between the 20 when he threw it, but it was announced it was “while the ball was in the air”. On the replay, it showed the Eagles were indeed holding—but AFTER Jackson had caught the ball and got into Cards territory. The difference is since that happened, the penalty is from where the holding was detected, NOT from where the kick was fielded. That earned the Cards about 40 yards of field position.

    2. Next, Riley Cooper is running down the left sideline for a deep pass. The DB is arm-barring him and holding his left arm so he can’t extend for the pass. That, in anyone’s book, is DPI, but NO CALL on this occasion. The Eagles then had to punt.

    3. All game long, Calais Campbell LINED up OVER the neutral zone–so did O’Shaunessy on a few occasions. It WASN’T called, until they so obviously did it in the 4th qtr.

    4. The call on Jason Avant was the right call. Mattheiu had a hold of Avant’s jersey as he tried to break into his pattern–not only that, but it was MORE than 5 yards downfield. THAT is an illegal contact penalty that I don’t see called this year.

    5. The defensive holding call was absolutely the right call. He had a hold of James Casey’s jersey sleeve up on his arm and wouldn’t let Casey get out on his pattern, that is defensive holding.

    All day long, the officials had been letting both sides play physically without calling penalties so the call on Floyd was correct. One call the officials missed badly, and should have been reviewed was the Allen interception–after he caught the ball, he was contacted by Floyd as he Floyd went by him and Allen fell to the ground. It should have been Eagles ball there, on the 10, instead they let Allen run it all the way out to the Eagles 48.

    Maybe Arians was embarrassed because he called Kelly’s offense a “college offense” in his press remarks last week and he was getting his butt handed to him by that “college offense”.

  74. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:51 PM

    The smart people know the league is rigged. The manipulation of games is just blamed on incompetence or errors in judgement. It can’t be proven but as an unbiased fan it seems completely obvious. Wish they would just come clean like the WWF did and spare these poor fools the embarrassment that have been believing this nonsense for decades now. Manning wins the MVP and the Super Bowl this year. The league makes a ton of money and football fans all over rejoice as the post boy for the NFL finally wins one in spectacular fashion. I made by bet in Vegas at the beginning of the season. Now way the NFL lets Peyton come up short again. As for the Cardinal fans. You just not the story this year. The Eagles and their Chip Kelly offense is and the NFL has to promote it even if it means tweaking a few games to sell the story. The almighty dollar rules all.

  75. jbeagles23 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:51 PM

    Have no problem if he called and complained about 15 calls as an eagles fan. As long as he mentioned all of them. Like the djax return that was called back

  76. logicalcomment says: Dec 2, 2013 7:53 PM

    STOP saying the replacement refs were as good, GO BACK CHECK THE TAPE, and i think the regular refs are horrible, that’s how bad the replacement refs were, don’t be prisoner of the moment !

  77. kylan says: Dec 2, 2013 7:55 PM

    So is he also gonna complain about the call that got Jackson’s punt return td called back? Bad call. #81 was blocking on side of shoulder pad, defender turned, continuation block -which is legal. If the ref’s don’t blow that call all the ones that Arians is upset with don’t matter. Birds won. Calls go both ways.

  78. logicalcomment says: Dec 2, 2013 7:57 PM

    at least it’s not the NBA ! where fouls depend on if it’s a “superstar” shooting or not

  79. itsfootballfolks says: Dec 2, 2013 7:58 PM

    Number One: I sure hope the refs are tested for drugs.

    Number Two: People who argue that the bad calls even out against both teams miss the point; there are too many bad calls and missed calls, period. A few bad calls over the whole weekend one can understand. But multiple bad calls in each game is a bit hard to fathom.

    The quality of the officiating should be improving, not going downhill

  80. bert1913 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:07 PM

    the officials never make mistakes, says the 2005 nfl champions

  81. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:07 PM

    dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:51 PM

    The smart people know the league is rigged. The manipulation of games is just blamed on incompetence or errors in judgement. It can’t be proven but as an unbiased fan it seems completely obvious. Wish they would just come clean like the WWF did and spare these poor fools the embarrassment that have been believing this nonsense for decades now. Manning wins the MVP and the Super Bowl this year. The league makes a ton of money and football fans all over rejoice as the post boy for the NFL finally wins one in spectacular fashion. I made by bet in Vegas at the beginning of the season. Now way the NFL lets Peyton come up short again. As for the Cardinal fans. You just not the story this year. The Eagles and their Chip Kelly offense is and the NFL has to promote it even if it means tweaking a few games to sell the story. The almighty dollar rules all.
    —————-

    So reassuring to see that other people GET IT.

  82. truths4all says: Dec 2, 2013 8:34 PM

    Those who hide behind this team got the benefit of bad calls and then got shafted later by bad calls going the other way are totally brainless.

    Hey clueless, yes you so-called fans, bad calls hurt and undermine pro football. Just when we thought the nonsense of NBA fakeball fake calls (shooting foul for Jordan when the closest guy was 6 feet away when Jordan missed or the wrestling that now passes for basketball) couldn’t infiltrate the NFL and corrupt it, we have officials whose bad judgment or biased performances (hello, Vegas and the perks!) seem designed to change the outcomes of games to fit someone’s agenda.

    We should all want the best performing team to win on the field of play. If your team wins, congrats. If your team loses, wait until next time. But there should be zero tolerance for officials to change the outcome of any game. When they do, they should be fired for cause as anything less than calling what is actually on the field of play has NO PLACE in the NFL. Real football fans must demand zero tolerances for bad officials. Kick the Bums OUT!!!

  83. trajan2448 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:46 PM

    It’s obvious to many fans that the speed of the game has processed beyond the ref’s ability and many games are determined unfairly.
    With all the money, cameras, computers, and personnel available, there MUST be a better way!

  84. mancave001 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:49 PM

    pillowporkers says:
    Dec 2, 2013 5:34 PM
    Not a Cardinals fan at all, and I’m certainly not saying they would’ve won that game on Sunday, but Arians has every right to be upset. There were 2 plays (2nd and 4th down) on the Cardinals last drive that could’ve been defensive holding on Michael Floyd I thought (moreso the 4th down play). Then when Philly got the ball back, that defensive holding call to virtually end the game was embarrassing.
    ——–

    What a bunch of crap. The calls were just as bad against the Eagles. Peterson was hanging all over Riley Cooper like octopus, and they called back the Desean return for a TD over a block that had nothing to do with the play. Yes, the holding call was a gift to the Eagles…but it was well deserved.

  85. andyp03 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:51 PM

    I guess Coach Arians didn’t call for explanations on the penalties negating a DeSean Jackson punt return TD or a Shady 37 yard run though, huh? Bad calls are made every game, on both sides. Get over it.

  86. rjth2012 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:52 PM

    What a DISGRACE ARIANS is to the entire NFL coaching fraternity!!! If the Eagles legitimate punt return by Jackson was allowed the game was over by the beginning of the 4th quarter.
    Seriously Arians should be fined and warned with a suspension. Every game has a multitude of missed calls. The defensive backs od the Cardinals should have been called for 4 interference calls on Cooper, 2 on Ertz easily and 2 on Jackson.
    They held Kendricks in a bear hold when Fitzgerald scored or otherwise it would have been another sack of Palmer. They held Flecther Cox on virtually every pass play and many running plays.
    What a disgrace to the Cardinals Arians is. This kind of covert complaining makes the NFL look so unprofessional and bush league.

  87. tfoz5150 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:53 PM

    Birds win. All the haters need to get over it. Missed calls happen every game. It’s imperfect. (Remember the SB?) There were just as many missed calls for the Eagles… Foles for MVP!!

  88. mancave001 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:56 PM

    The officiating was terrible all day long. I notice our resident Cardinals whiners say nothing about the incompletion call that was overturned without indisputable evidence. I don’t hear anyone complaining about the officials stealing a PR TD from Jackson (a 64 yd penalty) over something that had nothing to do with the play. I don’t see anyone noticing that Peterson was trying to make Riley Cooper his girlfriend all afternoon.

    Oh, and where was the outrage when FOX named Larry Fitzgerald the Visa halftime player of the game when he had two catches for 1 TD? Or freaking Bradshaw and company saying that the Cardinals were “reasserting themselves” at halftime, when the Eagles led 17-7 and had dominated them the entire half?

    Wait..there’s more. What about Arians saying to the Philly media that the Read Option (which he insinuated we run) was “a great college offense?” I’ve lost all respect for him. He’s a whiner, and flat-out blamed the officials for what ended up being a wash. Yes, they suck. But they suck pretty equally.

  89. officialgame says: Dec 2, 2013 8:56 PM

    Before the game Ariens bad mouths Kelly for running a college offense (ranked 2 in the NFL). Now the weasel blames the officials. How about owning up to the fact your team wasn’t ready to play and you were completely out coached. I won’t mention the phantom block in the back that negated Djack punt return for a TD or the phantom hold on Shady’s 50 yard run. Both plays taking place in the 4th quarter and both would have salted the game away. Have the league check that out Brucey boy.

  90. hawkforlife says: Dec 2, 2013 8:57 PM

    The regular officials miss as lot of calls, but you guys thinking they aren’t any worse than the replacement officials are just insane. At least the real refs aren’t giving teams 4 timeouts in a half, or calling unsportsmanlike conduct when a coach calls a timeout, or giving a team 27 yards on a 15 yard penalty… and they can tell the difference between an interception and a touchdown.

    No these refs just have half saying it’s 4th down and half saying it’s 1st down but not discussing it.

  91. mancave001 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:58 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Dec 2, 2013 5:54 PM
    He has a legitimate gripe after that circus act yesterday. Easily the worst (by volume, a half dozen brutal calls/non-calls that went Philadelphia’s way) and brazen attempt to slant the game by officials all season.

    ————
    You’re in the tank. The calls were bad all-around. Some were horrible against the Eagles. Some were terrible against the Cardinals. You’re not objective.

  92. raideralex99 says: Dec 2, 2013 9:00 PM

    Lol at the eagles fans whining about Jackson’s punt return … One call when the opposing team had 15 questionable calls.

  93. whoknowsnothing says: Dec 2, 2013 9:01 PM

    The instant reply call was a right call because the ground did move the ball while the receiver had possession, remember the Calvin Johnson catch in the endzone a couple of seasons ago.

    What was disturbing was the official who ruled it a no catch when the receivers back was towards him with no clear view of the ball. Horrible officiating throughout the game.

    It’s a day after the game, the Eagles won and Cardinals can’t afford to lose anymore games, just like they can’t start a game poorly.

    I still hope for a wildcard rematch between these two teams. Great game, just tuff when games end like this did.

  94. whoknowsnothing says: Dec 2, 2013 9:12 PM

    did not^^^^ move the ball, my last comment is a fail, lol

  95. whoknowsnothing says: Dec 2, 2013 9:13 PM

    The instant reply call was a right call because the ground did not move the ball while the receiver had possession, remember the Calvin Johnson catch in the endzone a couple of seasons ago.

    What was disturbing was the official who ruled it a no catch when the receivers back was towards him with no clear view of the ball. Horrible officiating throughout the game.

    It’s a day after the game, the Eagles won and Cardinals can’t afford to lose anymore games, just like they can’t start a game poorly.

    I still hope for a wildcard rematch between these two teams. Great game, just tuff when games end like this did.

  96. spytdi says: Dec 2, 2013 9:20 PM

    When you guys realize that it’s all fixed, it’ll make much more sense.

  97. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2013 9:40 PM

    officialgame says: Dec 2, 2013 8:56 PM

    Before the game Ariens bad mouths Kelly for running a college offense (ranked 2 in the NFL). Now the weasel blames the officials. How about owning up to the fact your team wasn’t ready to play and you were completely out coached. I won’t mention the phantom block in the back that negated Djack punt return for a TD or the phantom hold on Shady’s 50 yard run. Both plays taking place in the 4th quarter and both would have salted the game away. Have the league check that out Brucey boy.
    ————–

    He spoke truth, and the Eagles did nothing impressive yesterday.

  98. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2013 9:45 PM

    We are watching the refs trying to get the Saints back into the game with these bogus calls on Seattle (not even working ha).

  99. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Dec 2, 2013 9:51 PM

    “No.1. When Carson Palmer threw the ball to an Eagle it was ruled an interception. No. 2. When the Eagles crossed the goal line they were awarded six points. No. 3…”

  100. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2013 9:51 PM

    truths4all says: Dec 2, 2013 8:34 PM

    Those who hide behind this team got the benefit of bad calls and then got shafted later by bad calls going the other way are totally brainless.
    ———————

    Precisely. And you see nothing but Eagles fans sitting here doing this.

    I am man enough to say that the Skins got shafted at the end, and that’s without me even mentioning that we got screwed on that 4th and 1 play where Beason blew up Griffin and knocked him back short of the mark WITHOUT a measurement, because they ran up to the line — just as they were doing at the end with the sticks issue late.

  101. jaxbill says: Dec 2, 2013 10:11 PM

    Saw a tweet yesterday saying that Arians followed the ref up the tunnel after the game. Is the league going to address that, too?

  102. brucetrimble says: Dec 2, 2013 10:41 PM

    I don’t know what the owners paid the refs when they went on strike last season, but they aren’t getting their money’s worth. The officiating this year is worse and more inconsistent than any other year.

  103. MostlyRight says: Dec 2, 2013 10:53 PM

    Ok I just want to respond to the Eagles fans claiming bad calls went both ways, specifically the “ghost” holding call on the Jackson return TD called back. There was no ghost holding call…the best special teams player on the Cards, Bethel, the gunner, was completely taken to the ground.

    Every call that was reviewed and eventually overturned went the Eagle’s way first, and upon review went the Cardinal’s way. The Cards were forced to use their challenges.

    There were two big plays that were called back against the Eagles…the Jackson return and a big run by McCoy. But both of those calls were legitimate calls that get called every time. Big plays were called back because they were supposed to be.

    The only people defending the officiating in this game are those who didn’t watch the game in its entirety, Eagles fans, or fans of teams needing the Cards to lose. Same with the Redskins finish, though that was just one massive bad call. The Eagles game was like watching Mike Tomlin officiating a Steelers game.

  104. eatitfanboy says: Dec 2, 2013 11:07 PM

    I’m certain that in the entire history of their franchise, the Cardinals have never received help from the officials in a game they won.

    The referees stink. Everyone gets their turn on the proctologist’s table sooner or later. Deal with it. Don’t go down 24-7 and maybe you aren’t looking for calls in the 4th quarter.

    And for those conspiracy theorists that believe the NFL is fixing games- you do realize that’s a federal crime that people have gone to jail for, right?

    Why would the most popular sport on earth, whose early regular season games between losing teams get better ratings than the World Series, risk a scandal that would virtually ruin the league to prop up story lines they don’t need?

    dodgerlakerfan: You do realize Peyton Manning already has a Super Bowl ring, right?

  105. richndc says: Dec 2, 2013 11:10 PM

    You all parrot and troll when its not your team, but the truth is these guys are botching calls that clearly affect the outcomes of games. It has to stop. Quit acting like you know things you don’t or bringing up the strike (it has no relevance whatsoever to this issue which has been going on for 3-4 years). Human beings make mistakes, they are required to make real judgement calls, but it continues to ruin the fan experience when ricky tack calls or no calls that seem obvious to even some of you half wits, end up being one of the 2-3 plays that actually swing a game. No one likes it. No one.

  106. eaglesandravens says: Dec 2, 2013 11:13 PM

    Will he also mention the called hold on Kurt Coleman that brought back the Jackson touchdown? Cause that was ticky tacky too

  107. bkachurak says: Dec 2, 2013 11:19 PM

    I watched the entire game and cleary MostlyRight is wrong this time. There were calls on both sides called/not called. To complain that Arizona got shafted is ridiculous. There were phantom Pass Int calls against the Eagles. The challenge by Arizona on the incomplete pass SHOULD NOT have been overturned based on the rules that you need 100% proof if didn’t hit the ground due to the original call on the field. There was no visual evidence that it didn’t hit the ground. Philly had to waste a challenge as well on the bad spot by the refs.
    The return call on Desean’s return was garbage. The guy was nowhere near the play and also slipped on his own a good amount. That IS NOT called all the time. The garbage call on the McCoy run. The guy just turned around and was not blocked in the back. The flag was thrown just because Avant threw his hands up.
    And the worst complaint from Arians is the holding on the last few plays. Foles was trying to throw it to Casey and the guy CLEARLY was holding his jersey. How can you or Arians argue that. WATCH the video tape. He is grabbing his jersey from him releasing to get open. As far as the close calls on the 2nd and 4th down plays…….they are so close that a no call is the correct call. There was no clear interference prior to the ball arriving. MostlyRight might need to change his name.

  108. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Dec 2, 2013 11:35 PM

    I’m sending Bruce Arians a complaint that his team didn’t show up until the 4th quarter.

  109. dsheik says: Dec 3, 2013 12:02 AM

    I thought the better team won.
    Now, i thought the 4th down play on the Cardinals last possession was probably pass interference(weve all seen it called for less) , but they didnt call it, Im not a fan of either team so that was fine just be consistent, then they turn around and call it against the Cardinals to end the game. Lame

    Some games more stuff is allowed, but its got to be consistent across the board. I dont think it was in that game.

  110. seadawgs72 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:11 AM

    I used to be a rabid NBA fan before rule changes & horrible officiating perverted the game to the point that i felt & still feel it’s unwatchable. I still love basketball i just get my fix from college ball. If the NFL thinks they’re infallible & “too big to fail” they’re making a terrible mistake. I hope Goodell is humble enough to realize the quality of the game is unacceptable & rights the ship but i have little faith in him or any high level execs.

  111. croghan1919 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:04 AM

    TODAYS technology is capable of telling who touched who where , when and how. And I’m not talkin about video replay reveiw. I’m talking about sensors capable of saying foul/no foul.
    Technology can also show where the FOOTBALL is located within the GRIDIRON from game start to finish.
    and who can tell what tomorrows technolgy will be able to do?
    No human judgement calls needed.

  112. kenny328usa says: Dec 3, 2013 4:28 AM

    That was a horribly officiated game on both sides. I saw every play. Of course the cardinals probably got the worst end of it but it didn’t cost them the game they had many chances. But I think the real issue is that Arians is a little extra upset because he got beat by a team that he had no respect for and their “college offense.”

  113. hess97 says: Dec 3, 2013 4:47 AM

    I only saw part of phi/az game on red zone, so I didn’t see all the calls you guys r talking bout, but I definitely saw a PI called on phi that set a zip w first down on the goal line ( which they scored) it was a lame call. Houser was shoving and then got the call which baled him out for not making the 3rd down catch.

  114. greenbloodking says: Dec 3, 2013 6:49 AM

    The only people not seeing the bad calls that went both ways are Cardinals fans. Eagles were the first to challenge a play and get it reversed so there goes that theory out the door. Since we know there are penalties on every play we honestly have no clue how much the refs overlook. All we know is what the camera shows us or what the announcers point out and that’s probably only a fraction. If you can look at the game and see a one sided game called by the refs then you are a fanboy of your team and you are upset. It’s ok to be upset and to feel like it was one sided but that doesn’t make it true. Bad calls happened on both sides. Missed calls happened on both sides. I clinched my teeth when I saw my Eagles commit a penalty and then relaxed when it wasn’t called, and I flipped out on the tv when a penalty was committed against them and wasn’t called. That’s just the way it goes.

  115. ryanrockzzz says: Dec 3, 2013 7:53 AM

    You’d think someone who had the “privilege” of coaching at Temple would understand that sometimes you just aren’t the better team, officiating or not. Certainly both sides had gripes with the officiating crew during the game.

    The Cardinals lost the game, so of course they will complain more. The Eagles would have if they had lost as well, but Arians really should be eating crow after being beat by that “college offense” he had to put down during the week.

    If the officials hadn’t tried to cover the spread and flag Kurt Coleman for a bogus penalty on the Desean Jackson punt return, the score would have been 31-14, and the game would have been over anyway late in the 4th quarter.

    But of course that doesn’t matter.

  116. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Dec 3, 2013 8:39 AM

    i thought the refs had a bad day; which is not unusual these days as the rules written by lawyers are nearly impossible to consistently enforce. especially without having a flag on every play.

    those that watched the game, however, not just the espn cut ups, would have noticed that the refs let the defensive backs play physical the whole afternoon. and given that the cards have the more physical defensive backfield, esp mathieu, that played in their favor for a lot of the day.

    but for bruce ariens or anyone else to say those plays at the end in some way affected the outcome the game is silly. the penalties and yards were pretty similar on each side, and no one complaining about the last drive is mentioning the calls that went the other way.

    all in all, bruce should be thinking of the next game not the last one….

  117. eagleempire says: Dec 3, 2013 8:42 AM

    Did Arians include the phantom holding call that brought back DeSean Jackson’s punt return for a touchdown????

  118. mancave001 says: Dec 3, 2013 9:14 AM

    raideralex99 says:
    Dec 2, 2013 9:00 PM
    Lol at the eagles fans whining about Jackson’s punt return … One call when the opposing team had 15 questionable calls.

    —————————-

    No. Every Eagles fan I know says the officiating was terrible against both teams. The Cards got some big calls early. The Eagles got some late. The officials even screwed up the replay system at one point….they had to call a timeout to fix it. And why would we whine? We WON. All the fans I know are 1) excited and 2) concerned about our second half offense.

    As for whiners, try Bruce Arians, Darryl Johnston and Kenny Albert, coupled with Bradshaw, Strahan and company. They were batting their eyes at the Cardinals all day, even naming Fitz the Visa Halftime Player of the Half and saying the Cardinals were “reasserting themselves” despite being down 17-7. Then they blamed the officials for the loss!

  119. eagleempire says: Dec 3, 2013 9:18 AM

    Guess we’re now even from the BS non call on Kevin Curtis getting completely mugged by the Cardinals in the NFC Championship game on 4th down which sent the Cards to the Superbowl….what a joke

  120. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 3, 2013 10:36 AM

    I think it’s preposterous that he ref’s are held as infallible.
    If a coach/owner/player messes up, they get eaten alive by the fans and media. The ref’s mess up, you can’t even speak about it without getting fined..

    We have had so many games’ get the outcome controlled by these types of calls.
    case and point Washington v Giants this past weekend. This is ridiculous.

    Something needs to be done.

  121. narfmoo12 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:55 AM

    MostlyRight says:Dec 2, 2013 10:53 PM

    Ok I just want to respond to the Eagles fans claiming bad calls went both ways, specifically the “ghost” holding call on the Jackson return TD called back. There was no ghost holding call…the best special teams player on the Cards, Bethel, the gunner, was completely taken to the ground.

    Every call that was reviewed and eventually overturned went the Eagle’s way first, and upon review went the Cardinal’s way. The Cards were forced to use their challenges.

    There were two big plays that were called back against the Eagles…the Jackson return and a big run by McCoy. But both of those calls were legitimate calls that get called every time. Big plays were called back because they were supposed to be.

    The only people defending the officiating in this game are those who didn’t watch the game in its entirety, Eagles fans, or fans of teams needing the Cards to lose. Same with the Redskins finish, though that was just one massive bad call. The Eagles game was like watching Mike Tomlin officiating a Steelers game.

    ——————————————-

    How about when Riley Cooper was tackled on a deep ball? Forgot about that one huh? Even Fox showed it multiple times and then showed Cooper complaining to the ref while on the ground (from being tackled).

    And if the holding call on the Jackson return was so legit then why did the flag get thrown at the Cards 20 when the “hold” occurred on the Eagles’ side of the 50?

  122. prospero63 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:24 AM

    I can’t believe the bad calls from the replacement refs are being allowed to continue for years on end. Wait. These aren’t the replacement refs? Hmmm… Well, I’m glad the NFL locked the real refs out to make sure they could implement a system of accountability for poor officiating. Wait. They didn’t make any meaningful changes? I got nothing then…

  123. eaglebranded says: Dec 3, 2013 4:27 PM

    Cardinal fans and coach take the lost with dignity. Stop crying the refs kept you in the game. Yet now you are complaining. Without the refs that game would not have been that tight. If the Eagles would have held your tightend preventing him from getting into his route you would be complaining. Yet you need something to blame for your team not winning. Even if you got the calls your talking about and phily got the calls their talking about you still end up not winning. You lost Carson Palmer is what we thought he was a turnover machine. I guess the refs made him throw those interceptions or they didn’t call the unnecessary roughness on the time he fumbled. I get it your just sore losers

  124. shtzngigglz says: Dec 3, 2013 7:02 PM

    It could have gone either way. The Ref’s missed a LOT of calls against AZ on defense as they did with Philly on Defense. Get over it, they had all those turn overs and deserved the loss.

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