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Pryor says he wasn’t trying to taunt, shouldn’t have been flagged

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) holds out the football after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) AP

The Browns were driving, trailing by five, in the game’s final minute Sunday when Josh McCown hit Terrelle Pryor on a 20-yard pass that would have made it first and goal at the Ravens’ 10-yard line.

But Pryor was called for taunting after the play, and that call offset a defensive holding call on the Ravens. Pryor was apparently flagged for throwing the ball or spinning it in front of an opponent.

Pryor said after the game what he did shouldn’t have drawn a flag.

“I’m just saying there are other people that can catch a ball and spin it and look at players in the face,” Pryor said. “But if I get up and drop the ball…clearly I wasn’t trying to drop it on nobody. But I’ll let Coach Jackson handle that.”

The ball went back to the 30-yard line for a replay of the down, and McCown was intercepted by Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley on the next play.

“I’m not going to say if it was or wasn’t [a taunt],” Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters after the game. “I haven’t seen it. I’ve heard different sides of it, but they called it so we have to do a better job of making sure that we get the ball to the official and go from there.”

The Browns led 20-0 didn’t score over the final 49:40 and lost, 25-20.

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41 Responses to “Pryor says he wasn’t trying to taunt, shouldn’t have been flagged”
  1. sewalters79 says: Sep 18, 2016 6:31 PM

    100% agree, refs gave that game away to the rat birds

  2. ytownie says: Sep 18, 2016 6:31 PM

    Just shows you how the refs can control a game. There was definitely no taunting on that play. Watch the replays and you will see how Pryor was hosed.

  3. spreth1 says: Sep 18, 2016 6:33 PM

    I’m a lifelong Buckeye fan but I’ve got to admit that this guy, Elliot and Bosa aren’t making that any easier.

  4. nickinneohio says: Sep 18, 2016 6:42 PM

    Saw it live.
    Watched the replay.
    Still can’t believe it was called.
    It’s sad when the ref decides the outcome of the game.

  5. groleo45 says: Sep 18, 2016 6:43 PM

    The volume of the taunting calls is absurd. The fans love a little attitude and the opposing fans love to hate it. I guess I’m not sure what the purpose is of sanitizing out any personality and fun.

  6. skawh says: Sep 18, 2016 6:44 PM

    Still, lesson to learn. Better to simply hand the ball to the ref after the play than allow your ego to count chickens before they hatch. You hadn’t yet scored, why even risk being fouled? Get emotional control in your game if you want to be a PRO.

    And why is the photo displaying Cleveland and Atlanta with Cleveland played Baltimore?

  7. bengalsfan2079 says: Sep 18, 2016 6:46 PM

    What a screw job I dont even like either team but smh the NFL refs have got to get held more accountable that’s inexcusable. Roger and his cronies are a disgrace.

  8. firstdownbrowns says: Sep 18, 2016 6:52 PM

    what did JB always say . act like u been there before. TP should be cut. he was posing for the pic. after a catch. he can say what ever he wants . the fool really cost the Browns.

  9. squeebus says: Sep 18, 2016 6:57 PM

    He tossed it directly at Webb, whether he meant to or not. They’re going to call that, so do something else with the ball.

    And giving up 25 unanswered points at home is the reason you lost.

  10. cmich2006 says: Sep 18, 2016 6:59 PM

    Refs give the Ravens another win..

  11. baltimoresnativeson says: Sep 18, 2016 7:02 PM

    Horsecrap call. And I’m a Ravens fan.

    But don’t give up 20 point leads. That’s why you lost.

  12. ravens2014 says: Sep 18, 2016 7:06 PM

    just give the ball to the ref/don’t celebrate and you wont be flagged.

  13. partmachine says: Sep 18, 2016 7:08 PM

    Browns got an amazing start but Browned themselves out of a sure win over the course of the next 50 minutes. Even when the Ravens were playing like total crap, Browns can’t help but Brown their pants.

  14. ravens21087 says: Sep 18, 2016 7:24 PM

    Another Ravens fan here agree it was a tick tack call BUT I’m watching red zone and the league is calling them in every game so I guess it’s a rule they are going to be strict about and I’m sure the players are aware of this. Don’t blow your 20 point lead.

  15. browns11 says: Sep 18, 2016 7:29 PM

    That play defined the refs for the game. Phantom calls. No call when two Ravens hit McCown well after he slid. Yes, the Browns gave up a 20 point lead but the refs surely helped with that and made sure the Ravens covered the spread.

  16. pftcancer says: Sep 18, 2016 7:36 PM

    cmich2006 says:
    Sep 18, 2016 6:59 PM
    Refs give the Ravens another win..


    The Ravens were on the wrong side of these types of calls 7 or 8 times last season. Stop crying, seriously.

  17. ilovemyravens says: Sep 18, 2016 7:36 PM

    That was truly a gift call for us, and I’ll gladly take it.

  18. jclark6528 says: Sep 18, 2016 7:41 PM

    Say what you want….he wasn’t looking and tried to toss the ball to the official. There was no taunting…..that would get called 1 out of 10 times…..never know how it would have turned out, but a ref made a stupid decision on that one.

  19. Grulks says: Sep 18, 2016 8:09 PM

    Dallas fan who actually watched the game on a second tv, not just the play in question.

    Horrible calls all game.

    This call, Webb was kneeling down, Pryor was clearly pitching the ball to the ref. He wasnt throwing it in someones face, he wasnt celebratng, he was walking back to the huddle when he pitched it towards the ref.

    Webb happend to stand right as Pryor threw it, and it bounced off his shoulder instead of making it to the refs hands.

    The way the rule is written, it was the correct call. But its clearly not designed for a freak accident like this.

    Still, Browns cant give up 25 unanswered points on a 20 point lead.

  20. guitarrebel says: Sep 18, 2016 8:14 PM

    That’s twice today the refs helped decide the outcome of games late in the 4th quarter.
    I’m referring to the phantom fumble call against Cincinnati as they were driving for a tying score. Instant replay clearly showed his knee was down before the ball was stripped out. It wasn’t even close at any replay angle, yet the refs upheld the fumble call after going ‘under the hood’.

  21. sjd1234 says: Sep 18, 2016 8:14 PM

    Lifelong Browns Masochist. Make the freakin extra point. it’s that simple. AS soon as that happen, I KNEW. Seriously.
    That said, refs had an awful game but c’mon man, it was a 20 pt lead. Ugh.. BUT – a lot to like. Rookies were playing. I feel confident in Hue. Coleman will be a beast, albeit lessons be learned. TP could be a weapon – but he has to get rid of that “flare”.
    Lastly – Josh. FREAKIN WARRIOR. I watched his press conference and just love this dude more and more. The way he plays – no way he makes it past another week or 2. God help us.
    BUT – I think we have something’ here folks.

  22. snakeskinsoul says: Sep 18, 2016 8:44 PM

    horrible call against a young team that cant overcome them….ridiculous

  23. zibet says: Sep 18, 2016 8:55 PM

    Feel bad as a Ravens fan winning that way. Felt like they had us. Having said that the opening TD was not a TD

  24. guitarkevin says: Sep 18, 2016 9:14 PM

    There were too many tick my tack calls in that game. And I’m not trying to talk smack when I say this, but to let your opponent put up 25 unanswered points, in your own house…that’s the difference between a losing type of team and a winning team. I see the Browns on the rise though.

    Go Ravens

  25. ahostiletakeover says: Sep 18, 2016 9:41 PM

    As a Ravens fan I think it was a BS call too. Then again, it looked pretty clear to me that Coleman’s right foot was on the back end zone line on his first TD. The officiating hosong usually evens out at the end of most games.

  26. intellectualpenury says: Sep 18, 2016 10:21 PM

    Hue Jackson should have FIRED Terrelle Pryor as soon as the game ended. Make an example out of him, like he did with the Pro Bowl calibre punter that he jettisoned.

  27. spartan01 says: Sep 18, 2016 10:23 PM

    Right or wrong the refs didn’t decide the win. There was no guarantee the Browns score. As a Ravens fan I say the offense needs to get better before any other AFCN opponent. The defense needs to look seriously at why they gave up big plays. Thank God for Justin Tucker.

  28. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 19, 2016 12:20 AM

    After bragging up a storm all pre-season, seems our pal bbbwindows has suddenly disappeared. Maybe having to luck out a win over Cleveland with the help of refs has dampened his spirits? I guess he realizes if Cleveland can have you smacked down 20-0, imagine what a real offense like the Steelers or Cincy will do to that defense?

  29. cwjim says: Sep 19, 2016 8:05 AM

    I think they should allow taunting, like the U used to do. Where they would hold the ball out in front of your face and stuff. And they should allow what happens after taunting, like in hockey. Then I might actually watch the NFL again.

  30. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 19, 2016 10:01 AM

    When will the taunting fools get it? Probably never.

    That said, Ravens winning a game in the last seconds with a ref involved is their legacy.

  31. mountaingirl39 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:04 AM

    100% agree, refs gave that game away to the rat birds

    Gave it away? The Ravens scored 23 unanswered points. The Browns are the Browns, they took a dump after the first quarter….as usual.

    The Factory of Sadness is open for business…..

  32. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Sep 19, 2016 10:44 AM

    How many beer bottles did they throw onto the field this time?

  33. indytreasurehunter says: Sep 19, 2016 11:49 AM

    I’m actually losing my interest in football because every first down is celebrated like the team just won the Super Bowl. Over the weekend there were three college players dropping the ball before the goal line and in every game one stupid taunting penalty after another. These games are so close that 15 yards might the be difference in the outcome, but you can’t stop stupid because coaches are gutless.

  34. spartan01 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:27 PM


    There is indisputable visual evidence now circulating that shows Coleman stepped out on the first TD. Don’t believe me, search for it.

    With humans officiating mistakes will be made. It is part of the game.

  35. sbchampsagain says: Sep 19, 2016 1:54 PM

    Saw the game too.

    -Coleman’s foot was really out of bounds on their one TD. (Browns good luck)

    -The Ravens dropped two passed in the endzone that led to Ravens FGs. (More good luck for the Browns)

    -The Browns gave up a 2 point conversion that should have been points on their board. (Browns bad play)

    -The Raven’s offense sliced through the Browns defense to start the second half. (Brown’s bad play)

    -McCown threw a TD to end the game. (Browns bad play)

    But it’s Terrell Pryor’s fault? The ref’s fault?

    Must be Cleveland reasoning.

    The Browns were on borrowed time that game. They seemed lucky it was as close as the final score said. They are also lucky McCown is still alive. He was getting walloped…

    The Factory of Sadness is in full production.

  36. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 19, 2016 3:57 PM

    Worst call of the year.

    Ravens fans rationale that yeah it was a bad call, but Cleveland is to blame for losing because they blew a 20-point lead is ridiculous. It’s this call that kept the Brownies from pulling it out at the end.

  37. trickbunny says: Sep 19, 2016 5:06 PM

    For all those pointing out that the Browns really lost because they blew a 20 point lead– Completely irrelevant. All that matters is that they were in an excellent position to win the game at the end, regardless of what happened up to that point. No one would even be talking about how they blew a 20 point lead if they had won the game… and thanks to a complete biased and moronic call by a referee, they were straight-up robbed of the chance.

    Considering that they scored on every red zone possession up until that point, and considering that Crowell, Johnson, and Coleman, in particular, had been playing very well, I have no doubt whatsoever that the Browns would have found the endzone from 10 yards out on 1st down.

    Refs decided the game- period, end of story.

  38. youknowiknowitall says: Sep 19, 2016 5:41 PM

    The Browns and the Steelers getting “wins” gift-wrapped by the refs at the expense of the new Browns and the same old Bengals? Yeah, I’m shocked too.

  39. maverick2560 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:01 PM

    I’m am not a Pryor fan …I did see many of his antics in high school,
    however, that is one of the worst calls I have seen.
    The problem is the pressure on the refs. The NFL with its ” take no
    prisoners” attitude from the top to the bottom creates pressure to make a call rather than not make a call and to never admit they made
    a mistake. That’s the real frustration. Refs are human they make mistakes, however, it becomes more frustrating with the attitude
    amd the position of ” we never make a mistake”.
    IF the NFL could ever bring itself to admit that it is human and makes mistakes it might allow the refs to be better …it might allow them to
    actually use their discretion, something that apparently they are not
    allowed to use.

  40. Heimtime21 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:50 AM

    NFL is rigged.


  41. squeebus says: Sep 20, 2016 3:27 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Sep 19, 2016 3:57 PM

    Worst call of the year.

    Ravens fans rationale that yeah it was a bad call, but Cleveland is to blame for losing because they blew a 20-point lead is ridiculous. It’s this call that kept the Brownies from pulling it out at the end.
    No need to make excuses for other AFCN teams until you come up with some for getting swept by a 5-11 team last year.

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