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Saints think Odell Beckham gets away with pass interference “pretty regularly”

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18:   Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants celebrates after a catch and signals a first down during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Getty Images

Saints cornerback Sterling Moore was flagged for defensive pass interference twice in Sunday’s 16-13 loss to the Giants and he was covering wide receiver Odell Beckham on both of those plays.

The second of those calls handed the Giants a first down on their way to a game-winning field goal on the final play of the fourth quarter, so it’s no surprise to hear Moore take issue with the way the officials called things during the game. His issue is less with the calls made against him than on the lack of calls against Beckham.

Moore said that he feels Beckham gets away with contact against defenders, calling it a “staple on those deep balls,” and spoke to members of the officiating crew about it without getting any satisfaction.

“They obviously brushed it off,” Moore said, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. “It’s something he gets away with pretty regularly. I guess it’s something you’ve got to live with. … It didn’t surprise me that he was doing it. But it surprised me that they were letting him do it and were letting us go out there and play. I guess that’s how it’s going to be.”

Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro took a similar point of view, saying “that’s just the way it is” when asked whether Beckham should have been penalized. We’ll see if future games bring any flags for offensive pass interference and it’s a safe bet that officials will be watching Beckham closely during this week’s matchup with Josh Norman after things boiled over between them last season.

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34 Responses to “Saints think Odell Beckham gets away with pass interference “pretty regularly””
  1. edukator4 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:58 AM

    One of the reasons that passing numbers are up is that wide receivers can interfere all they want and get away with it. The league will never change to stop it because it will grossly affect scoring and fantasy football. And we wouldn’t want the legitimacy of the league to interfere with everyone’s fantasy teams

  2. patsxsaintsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 10:59 AM

    I don’t watch Giants games much so I don’t know for sure but the NFL in general does a terrible job calling OPI.

  3. jjb0811 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:01 AM

    Journey men, superstars get preferential treatment in the NFL. Nothing new about that.

  4. dino2997 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:01 AM

    If you’re not cheating then you’re not trying.

  5. jerryyouradisgrace says: Sep 19, 2016 11:15 AM

    of course he does…so did M Irvin…how did that work out for him?

  6. numbskull111 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:18 AM

    Unfortunately, seeing the Beckham/Norman match-up is dependent on the Skins being smart enough to put their best corner on the other team’s best receiver….something the Skins have shown twice now, that they aren’t smart enough to do.

  7. jeffcfalcon says: Sep 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    Haha Saints DB’s get smoked so they whine about WR’s not getting calls. You Saints DB’s just stink and you get burned, live with it. We have one of those on the Falcons, Robert Alford, he is always getting beat or getting called for PI. Alford is horrible so has no choice but to interfere and he gets burned.

  8. gridironmike says: Sep 19, 2016 11:35 AM

    It’s always hilarious when Falcons fans taunt the Saints. Thanks for the laugh.

  9. kettles08 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:40 AM

    Did Moore comment on the tackle before the pass was thrown on Cruz in the end zone earlier in the game that was not called? I guess that’s not always called either Moore? Just the way it is I guess

  10. wyntyrmute says: Sep 19, 2016 11:41 AM

    OBJ pushes off, grabs/pushes the facemask so much that they’d have to call it almost every play so I think they just let it slide.

    He’s very physical and it’s true that he gets away with a lot. At the end of the day he’s playing smart, it’s not his fault that the refs aren’t calling it.

    I’m sure after seeing this tape coaches will pull the refs aside before the game and make a point of asking that they watch for OPI.

  11. waynefontesismyfather says: Sep 19, 2016 11:43 AM

    Given Beckham’s history as a dirty player this doesn’t surprise me at all.

  12. jag1959 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:44 AM

    Guys get away things all the time. Moore and Vaccaro regularly get away with impersonating defensive backs

  13. wyntyrmute says: Sep 19, 2016 11:44 AM

    gridironmike says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:35 AM

    It’s always hilarious when Falcons fans taunt the Saints. Thanks for the laugh.

    =================================

    You haven’t made it unless you have a groups of jealous/bitter fans of other teams always coming at you.

  14. toybkshr says: Sep 19, 2016 11:49 AM

    I got no dog in the NFC – but I think they’re right!

  15. djstat says: Sep 19, 2016 11:50 AM

    Happens all over the league.

    Personally tired of seeing WR celebrate every first down or spinning the ball…

  16. bkostela says: Sep 19, 2016 11:56 AM

    The Saints mugged Victor Cruz twice in the 4th without getting flagged. I guess the theme here is that the refs don’t see everything, or at least don’t call everything they see.

  17. metalman5150 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:04 PM

    So True to be sure

  18. offensivegestures says: Sep 19, 2016 12:05 PM

    This is the last thing John Mara wants to hear after going through all that trouble to hold off Josh Norman’s drug test until before the Giants game.

  19. whodat5150 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:07 PM

    jeffcfalcon says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:22 AM
    Haha Saints DB’s get smoked so they whine about WR’s not getting calls. You Saints DB’s just stink and you get burned, live with it. We have one of those on the Falcons, Robert Alford, he is always getting beat or getting called for PI. Alford is horrible so has no choice but to interfere and he gets burned.

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    The Saints DBs didn’t give up a TD but they got smoked! What’s really noteworthy about it is BOTH of our starting corners were out. I have been a critic of my Saints for the past few years but yesterday, they did their job. They got THREE turnovers but the o did NOTHING with them. Drew did his job with some great passes but the receivers SUCKED!

  20. TheDPR says: Sep 19, 2016 12:38 PM

    I’d love to see some data about *when* these calls are made. Maybe I’m just imagining it but it seems like they’ll let stuff go all game long but then call it during the last few minutes of a close game.

  21. redman6ft4 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:40 PM

    kettles08 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:40 AM

    Did Moore comment on the tackle before the pass was thrown on Cruz in the end zone earlier in the game that was not called? I guess that’s not always called either Moore? Just the way it is I guess

    Know the rules before speaking…..because the ball was tipped by C. Jordan they was no PI…so no commented needed….

  22. nard100 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:15 PM

    Wow. It’s funny cause I watched the same game and saw Saints db’s climbing on Giants receivers like they were on a jungle gym and… nothing. The refs are clearly feeling sorry for a pitiful group of db’s. I mean really, you have a group of db’s who week after week get raked over the coals by just about everybody’s wr corps and then all of a sudden they look like all stars against OBJ, Cruz and Shepard. Yeah sure, they just got real good real fast after YEARS of being torched. Makes perfect sense – lol. Don’t worry, next week it will be back to the usual torching.

  23. ericbroe says: Sep 19, 2016 1:16 PM

    “I’m sure after seeing this tape coaches will pull the refs aside before the game and make a point of asking that they watch for OPI.”

    Saints coaches did that for this game and still nothing. Also, I find it hilarious that Moore says OBJ committed OPI every time OBJ went for a deep ball, all people come back with is “What about this one play? Del with it.”

  24. kettles08 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:57 PM

    redman6ft4 says:

    I know the tipped pass rule but 1 he was tugging on his jersey before the tipped pass and 2 that wasn’t the only time thanks for playing

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:09 PM

    As much as Moore and whatever that other guy who came in for PJ were hanging off both of them without being called (until late)? And you’re saying this?

  26. djcampy says: Sep 19, 2016 2:34 PM

    If anything OBJ was trying to get the saints db off him these db held the hold game stop crying.

  27. patslaya says: Sep 19, 2016 2:38 PM

    @whodat5150

    Yeah, the Saints DBs got smoked. Eli put up almost 400 yards and the only reason it wasn’t close was because the Giants put the ball on the ground 3 times, turned it over on downs inside the 5 and missed a FG. So, yeah they got smoked and were lucky that the final score wasn’t 45-10. If you think that the Saints D did a good job you must have had your paper bag on backwards during the game.

  28. saint9904 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:43 PM

    Truth of the matter is its only a penalty if it is called!

    OBJ, Cruz and Shepard were not the main reason the Saints lost. The Saints O relies heavily on pass catching TE which is obvious by the 9 targets to Fleener and 2 targets to Coleman whom they are trying to use as a TE. Out of the 11 targets during the Gaints game….only 2 were completed!! Saints have had a top 5 O for several years now and during that time they had Jimmy and then Ben Watson. Either Fleener learns how to catch or they need to play more Snead, Cooks, Thomas, and Tommylee Lewis together.

  29. saint9904 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:46 PM

    Oh and not sure i would call 0 TD allowed getting smoked!!! Especially, when you consider both starters were out and they Saints were playing with essentially 2 rookies and a vet that has only been with the team for 2 weeks!!!

  30. wferg1121 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:06 PM

    Eli was 32-41 for 368 yards and had FIVE dropped passes.. TD drop by TE on 3rd and OBJ dropped on 4th down.. Cruz and Odell had deep balls drops that hit them in stride in the hands, and Cruz had a 3rd down drop on what was later a missed field goal. Point is someone other than OBJ was catching all those yards… Don’t make excuses on when you were getting beat like a drum all game long.
    Giants had 3 fumbles while in field goal range; practically giftwrapped a win for the Saints and the Saints couldn’t capitalize on it…

  31. faninninerland says: Sep 19, 2016 3:10 PM

    used to be when that happened, teams would clean the wr clock and let the refs know that they needed to call it fairly.
    if they ain’t gonna call it right with him in the game, then get him out (or at least shorten those arms).

  32. malleng says: Sep 20, 2016 11:16 AM

    “..it surprised me that they were letting him do it and were letting us go out there and play. I guess that’s how it’s going to be.”

    Exactly. That’s how it’s going to be. “Go out there and play”, and the best player/gamesman will win. Today, you were not that man, Mr. Moore. Though more often than not, it’s 13 in blue coming out on top, so who can blame you for trying to make excuses?

  33. gfan8611 says: Sep 20, 2016 4:45 PM

    Any fan of football that doesn’t recognize OPI isn’t called nearly enough is just seeing things through homer goggles when the OPI benefits their team. Seriously watch all the pushing off WR around the league get away with. Pushing off is OPI and yet it’s rarely called. That being said if they called this game strictly by the rules every official could just throw their flags two seconds after every snap and call holding on both sides, lol.

  34. sb44champs says: Sep 21, 2016 1:21 PM

    If you think that the Saints D did a good job you must have had your paper bag on backwards during the game.
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    Held the Giants WRs out off the endzone the entire game… Saints D did a good job… idiot

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