Falcons coach Dan Quinn exploded on the sideline late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks in reaction to the lack of a flag on Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman for interfering with Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones on a fourth down pass down the middle of the field, but the team’s postgame responses were more measured.
Quinn passed on making a comment “regarding the foul or not” when he spoke to reporters after the game and quarterback Matt Ryan praised Jones for trying to make a play while saying he hadn’t seen a replay. If he had, he likely would have joined Jones in saying that it should have been a penalty although Jones said his mind is already on what’s next for the team.
“I do [think it was a penalty],” Jones said, via ESPN.com. “Before I took off, [Sherman] grabbed my right side and spun me around before I jumped up. But it was just a missed call. It’s over with. It’s done. We’re on to the next right now. … If they make the call, they make the call. If they don’t, they don’t. That’s not me to coach them up on officiating the game. The only thing I can do is go out there and do my job.”
A review of the play by the league has a good chance of leading to a shrug of the shoulders in the form of a letter to the Falcons informing them that a penalty should have been called, which probably won’t be of much comfort after seeing their rally back from 17-3 down end in such fashion. The Falcons will hope for better things when the Chargers come for a visit in Week Seven and a win will help keep the Falcons pointed toward a possible postseason rematch with Seattle.