Bernard Pollard says NFL admits mistake on flag for hit on Eric Decker

AP

Bernard Pollard has racked up many fines this season for illegal hits. However, he won’t be getting fined for his hit against Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker on Sunday.

According to Jim Wyatt and John Glennon of the Tennessean, Pollard said the NFL told him the officials had made a mistake in throwing a flag for an illegal hit against a defenseless receiver.

“They said the ref made a bad call,” Pollard said. “It doesn’t help us on Wednesday.”

Pollard hit Decker shoulder-to-shoulder on the play and was still flagged for an illegal hit. The play came early in the third quarter with the Titans still holding a 21-20 lead over the Broncos. The penalty gave the Broncos a first down at the Titans’ 42-yard line. Two passes to Demaryius Thomas later and the Broncos were in the end zone to take a 27-21 lead.

It was a lead the Broncos wouldn’t relinquish.

For a player that has been fined over $60,000 this season for illegal plays, Pollard believes referees aren’t getting enough scrutiny from the league for missed calls.

“If we make a bad decision in a competitive game when we don’t mean to, we are fined 50-plus thousand dollars and some guys $200,000 plus a game check plus suspensions,” Pollard said. “But refs are making bad calls and nothing is happening. … And it is messing our group up because we don’t know how to play now, as far as how we hit the receivers. It is tough as a defensive back.”

11 responses to “Bernard Pollard says NFL admits mistake on flag for hit on Eric Decker

  1. That’s the NFL for you.

    Manning and Brady’s receivers have a legal hitbox that stops at their chest. Any higher and thats 15 yards + 1st Down.

    hence, Gronk’s shredded knee.

  2. The more I think about it, the more I agree with Darth Belichick that every play should be challengeable. No, that doesn’t mean games will take forever, because the amount of challenges won’t increase, just the usefulness of them.

  3. Refs were on the Titans’ side Pollard. And you deserve every 15 yard penalty, since many correct ones were missed previously.

  4. He’s 100% percent right. Officials should be held to a higher standard than they are and need to be way more accountable than they currently are.

  5. NFL should reimburse Pollard $50K since THEY were wrong in flagging him. (yeah, I’m sure that will happen.)

  6. I know it doesn’t fit your narrative, but the penalty didn’t really matter because the Titans were flagged for holding on the same play, which would have been an automatic first down even without the unnecessary roughness.

  7. stealthjunk says: Dec 12, 2013 9:55 AM

    I know it doesn’t fit your narrative, but the penalty didn’t really matter because the Titans were flagged for holding on the same play, which would have been an automatic first down even without the unnecessary roughness.
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    The holding didn’t occur either. Even when they showed the replay, Decker was well past whoever that was (Verner?) and there was no reason to throw that flag either. It wasn’t why Decker was stumbling.

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