Mike Mularkey wants officials held accountable publicly

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On Monday, Titans coach Mike Mularkey called for the league to hold officials accountable publicly, urging the NFL to “say it like it is, quit hiding things.”

Mularkey’s irritation stemmed from referee Ronald Torbert and his crew’s mistake at the end of the first half Thursday, which led to a Steelers field goal. Titans defensive back Adoree' Jackson forced an Antonio Brown fumble, which Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant recovered 10 yards downfield. The “Holy Roller” rule prohibits the offensive team from advancing a fumble in the final 2 minutes of either half or overtime — and on fourth down anytime — unless the fumbling player recovers it.

The Steelers failed to gain another yard and kicked a 50-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in the half.

“You just want to see people held accountable as coaches and players are every Sunday,” Mularkey said, via Paul Kuharsky of paulkuharsky.com. “What happened after the fact? I know they’re graded just like we are. You want to know what happens when you make a mistake like that? That could have been the difference in the game, a field goal at the time.

“I just want everybody held accountable.”

After calling for transparency in the review process, Mularkey was asked whether a grade that results in a lesser playoff assignment or no playoff assignment amount to the same consequence that players and coaches face for their errors.

“I’ve got to be careful; that’s the way it is,” Mularkey said. “That’s the situation, can’t talk about it.”

66 responses to “Mike Mularkey wants officials held accountable publicly

  1. It is true that the officials messed up. It is also true that the NFL should admit when the officials messed up.

    However, the Steelers played it conservative (spike and 2 incomplete passes right at the line of scrimmage) at that point knowing that they were in FG range (50 yrd FG). If they were 10 yards back the play selection most likely would have been different.

    So, based on the overall stats and score, doubtful that this play really affected the outcome.

  2. while I agree…I would also like to see that he knew the rule and was aware of what was happening in real time so ge could have given the refs an earful before they finalized the play. in his post game presser it was obvious that wasn’t the case in general s answers to questions about it. that’s one thing Fisher was good at.

  3. Okay. You’re right. Take 3 off the Steelers score. You still got crushed. Take your whipping. You’re a mediocre team that lost.

  4. I think they should do this in conjunction with hiring full time refs. I’d like refs who can spend all their time getting better at their craft, as opposed to the NFL being a part time job after their real job. Its always been all about the money with the NFL though, especially it’s front office, who don’t ever seem to get better at their own jobs.

  5. Officials are like millenials in college. Even if they do something wrong, and everyone knows they did something wrong, nobody is allowed to say anything about it.
    It might hurt their feelings.

  6. Dude…you got beat 40-17….be careful about talking about being held publicly accountable or you may find yourself the one being held to that standard as well.

  7. What do you mean by “held accountable,” Coach? No weasel words. Say it.
    What’s it like without experienced refs? I remember.
    So who will ref when these refs leave? People quit for the main reason, that they are unappreciated. No refs; no games.

    Do they have special cry baby and scapegoating requirements for coaching?

  8. If the Refs are following the rules and the rules are stupid, do you we need to blame the refs?

    I mean yes they screw up but look at what the NFL is spewing out for rules.

  9. The NFL has two major faults that us fans realize and can’t do anything about. First off, they are Bullies. They can fine players w/o them being able to prove innocence. They can suspend players w/o evidence or conviction (TB12, Zeke Elliot, Big Ben ect). They do what they want, when they want , how they want. Which leads to the second and biggest fault. They are a monopoly. If you want to play meaningful football. The NFL is all their is. The CFL isn’t an option unless you suck. So bad officiating, wrong calls, or anything or mistake that the league makes that they think makes them look not perfect. They ignore. They are losing fans, they will realize that sooner then later. …kneel for prayer, stand for the Flag.

  10. “My team” had steelers coaches rush onto the playing field,
    make contact with players, and not get a flag.

    We see this type of garbage EVERY SEASON.

    I have no sympathy for mularkey since he was a coach for pittsburgh from 1996-2003.

    P.S. dr. richard rydze

  11. I don’t know how ‘publicly accountable’ a ref needs to be — we don’t want them to be so afraid of being wrong that they don’t call anything.
    However, I don’t actually believe that the week-to-week grades of officiating crews (by coaches) has any actual impact on the officiating quality or which crews get playoff jobs. This is where the current system falls down.

    It’s a good thing to go over controversial calls (or non-calls) and note why they are correct or incorrect. It would also be a good thing if repeated officiating blunders resulted in some sort of consequences.

  12. steeldominance says:
    November 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm
    Okay. You’re right. Take 3 off the Steelers score. You still got crushed. Take your whipping. You’re a mediocre team that lost.
    ———————
    Possibly, probably, but you can’t simply make that assumption because what it did was put Steelers up by 2 scores at the half rather than just one. That changes the gameplan – maybe Mariota throws it less or feels less pressed to force it in there as the score-gap to time-left ratio keeps them in the game for longer. What if Titans had used that short time before the half for a quick pass and field goal? Who knows? We won’t now. Most likely, the Titans would have just lost by a score or two less – but don’t forget, “net points” is now a tie-breaker in rankings, so down the line it might further unfairly help the Steelers and unfairly hurt the Titans.

  13. You guys talking about the final score have no understanding about the game of football. Momentum is a thing this isn’t fantasy football.

    Nobody knows what would happen if things have been called correctly. That’s all he’s asking…for things to be called correctly so we know who the better team is in the end.

  14. What is Mularkey asking for? A list each week of the officials names, offenses, and grades? If so, it’s simple why you can’t do that. It would undermine their authority in officiating a game.Like it or not they need that respect for authority or else NFL games would turn into Banana Republic soccer riots.

  15. Yup something needs to change the Jags game was full of bad calls. The catch Westbrook made and they said he was out when he clearly had both feet in and the 7 points they took off the board by blowing the whistle right off the bat.

    It’s been garbage this year and it time for them to be held accountable.

  16. jmethane says:
    November 20, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    Momentum is a thing… Nobody knows what would happen if things have been called correctly.
    ————————————
    I hear you about how things might have gone differently, but there isn’t really any such thing as “momentum of the game” in football, and I can prove it – an interception or fumble or injury/slip can suddenly change “game momentum” the other way, which contradicts what “momentum” really means in the laws of nature – if your team’s control of the game can suddenly be reversed you don’t really have any inherent team momentum. But “rythm” YES, absolutely! Rythm is the term people should mostly use in such sports rather than “game momentum.” Rythm can chop and change in an instant – momentum doesn’t.

  17. friscokid49 says:
    November 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Nothing.

    That is what happens to bad refs.
    —————————

    Absolutely not true. Sometimes they get a paid leave of absence.

  18. I hate when people comment that “a single call didn’t affect the game” or “a good team wins anyway.” Maybe when you’re one of the 20 teams in the middle scrapping for a playoff spot for a chance at a run, you can’t overcome a good team AND the refs at the same time, and we all just want a fair shot? It’s not about the result, it’s about accountability and a sense of fairness.

  19. Oh my, the level of reaching on this comment thread is hilarious. Sure, the refs messed up, so I guess you can complain about a FG that was dead center and had plenty of leg to make it from 60 yards. Sure, complain about those 3 points and completely ignore the other 37. Another thing is “momentum” puh-leeez, the Titans scored on the opening drive of the second half. I mean, I might have more sympathy if they hadn’t scored or even just gotten 3, but they got 7 in like 4-5 plays. Then the Steelers drove down the field and hung up another 7. THAT was the Titans momentum killer right there. Coming out of the gate and striking quickly only to have the Steelers drive alllllll the way down the field and match their 7. That killed the Titans momentum, not the 3 points before the half. I mean come on….too much stretching isn’t good for the body.

  20. Simple solution… End this referee strike and get the real officials back in here. We’ve been told they are much better than the replacement ones. Must be true.

  21. Officials should be fined like players. If they make a call that changes the game as it was prior to the call and they make an error, they should forfeit half their game check for each botched call. And they should be fired for two such calls in a season.

  22. doctorrustbelt
    Nov 20, 2017, 8:02 PM CST
    “My team” had steelers coaches rush onto the playing field,
    make contact with players, and not get a flag.

    We see this type of garbage EVERY SEASON.

    I have no sympathy for mularkey since he was a coach for pittsburgh from 1996-2003.

    P.S. dr. richard rydze

    Seen a lot of trolling from you but this takes the cake. “Your teams” players surround said coach that got them flagged. Also the coach was only on the field due to Burfict going medieval on Brown. Also like how you completely ignore the fact that the entire Bengal team and coaching staff rush onto the field earlier that game. Rydze? Seriously? Get new material cause that’s irrelevant to the team. Must be hard to see the not legit #2&3 receivers go to other teams and magically becoming legit #2&3 recivers.

  23. “commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 20, 2017 at 8:57 pm
    Bad enough the officials on the spot blew it but how did NY miss it? Oh wait it went the steelers way, they probably didn’t miss it at all.”

    This one is a bit tricky in that a replay stoppage would also create an unfair advantage. Under the rules the replay has to be called before the snap which means that if the replay assistant called down then the ball would have been moved back but the Steelers would have had an extra down since they wouldn’t have to spike it.

    Realistically the issue is that this is something that one of the refs needed to know upfront and they should go over that every two minute warning in case it ever happens.

  24. negadelphianinjersey says:
    November 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm
    The NFL is run much like the federal government. A grotesque mixture of corruption and incompetence.

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    You forgot the secrecy and opaqueness to try and cover it all up.

  25. The NFL league office is perfectly fine with officials deciding games instead of players. They just issue a press release, cash those checks we send to pay for the tickets, and then move on. Nobody at 345 Park Avenue loses a wink of sleep. Roger’s world…and the owners want to give him $200 million to “keep up the good work”.

  26. clashpoint says:
    November 20, 2017 at 8:43 pm
    I think they should do this in conjunction with hiring full time refs. I’d like refs who can spend all their time getting better at their craft, as opposed to the NFL being a part time job after their real job. Its always been all about the money with the NFL though, especially it’s front office, who don’t ever seem to get better at their own jobs.

    —————————-
    They cant afford to pay for that. They need the money to pay for Roger.

  27. Hmmm…Did Mularkey happen to say anything about him or his coaching staff being held accountable for NOT recognizing the refs error when it happened, you know, when something could have been done about it?

  28. Me TOO! Regardless of your feeling towards any team it needs to be fair.
    That WAS NOT intentional grounding on Cousins in the Saints game!!!!!!

  29. The stupid replay official in NY has to go! I haven’t seen not one replay that goes to NY get called right. And the NFL really needs to come up with a better catch rule. We as fans know if it’s a good catch or not, but that idiot in NY has absolutely no freaking clue!

  30. doctorrustbelt says:
    November 20, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    P.S. dr. richard rydze

    ***********************************************************************

    P.S. Quit whining because the team you root for (Bengals) is hot garbage year after year. It’s pathetic. Even ex-Bengals (Rey Maualuga) can’t avoid getting arrested.

  31. “ You want to know what happens when you make a mistake like that? That could have been the difference in the game, a field goal at the time.”

    Comments like this crack me up. The final was 40-17. To say that one call affected the outcome of the game means assuming a lot of other stuff to happen that didnt happen.

    I agree the mistake was ridiculous and that the NFLs poor handling of it made it worse. Their ‘cover it up instead of addressing it’ policy will likely lead to a bad call deciding a key game on the National stage, its only matter of time before one of these goes down that way. The hit on their reputation at that time will be far worse than the hit they would take now with a “we regret that a mistake was made, we are relieved this did not affect the outcome of the game and we will address it internally”. If they handled it that way there would be greater public confidence in their intent and efforts which would lead to more tolerance for the occasional unavoidable bad moment. I swear they just dont see long term over there when it comes to public PR handling.

  32. streetyson says:
    November 20, 2017 at 9:23 pm
    steeldominance says:
    November 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm
    Okay. You’re right. Take 3 off the Steelers score. You still got crushed. Take your whipping. You’re a mediocre team that lost.
    ———————
    Possibly, probably, but you can’t simply make that assumption because what it did was put Steelers up by 2 scores at the half rather than just one. That changes the gameplan – maybe Mariota throws it less or feels less pressed to force it in there as the score-gap to time-left ratio keeps them in the game for longer. What if Titans had used that short time before the half for a quick pass and field goal? Who knows? We won’t now. Most likely, the Titans would have just lost by a score or two less – but don’t forget, “net points” is now a tie-breaker in rankings, so down the line it might further unfairly help the Steelers and unfairly hurt the Titans

    Maybe…. Possibly… Woulda shoulda coulda… Take a point away for each yard the Steelers benefitted and they still won. What if the Steelers would have thrown a hail Mary instead and caught it and won by even more points? The call didn’t matter. Stop crying.

  33. After watching my sinking Dolphins lose again on Sunday I am in total agreement that the refs should be called out publically and suspended when they directly affect the outcome of a game. We suck this year but that does not excuse a phantom offensive pass interference call on us negating the Fasano TD and the safety not called on Fitzpatrick that was clearly a safety. That’s a nine point swing and changes how you play with a lead vs being behind.

  34. Cannot even count how many times while watching a game and see a pass interference called for one team and the EXACT same circumstance a series later is not called. WAY too many rules based on subjective reasoning. Stupid 5 yard rule has ruined the NFL.

  35. I want Mike Mularkey accountable for his terrible coaching… but the stupid front office is never going to fire him unless the season is a total disaster… Hooray for years of mediocrity

  36. mmmpierogi says:

    November 21, 2017 at 6:44 am

    doctorrustbelt says:
    November 20, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    P.S. dr. richard rydze

    ***********************************************************************

    P.S. Quit whining because the team you root for (Bengals) is hot garbage year after year. It’s pathetic. Even ex-Bengals (Rey Maualuga) can’t avoid getting arrested.
    ________________________________________________________________________________

    Bringing up an ex-Bengal who got arrested is lame. Maybe as lame as bringing up all those steroid abusers the Steelers had in the 70’s that are now dead. Hopefully the players learn not to repeat those mistakes for health concerns. Oh, wait, they haven’t learned (Gilbert). Not to be confused with ex-Steeler Justin Gilbert who was suspended for the year for substance abuse.

  37. theroc5156 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

    *****************************************************************

    Maualuga’s relevant in this context due to timeliness. Bengals are one of the NFL’s worst when it comes to player arrest/conviction rates over the past 15+ years. Every team has individual players who run into off-field issues. When a team ranks at or near the top of the league in it, though, it illustrates how things are run internally. This speaks to my point about the Bengals being a poorly run organization, aside from the more obvious fact that they’re a perennial mediocre team from the standpoint of performance and results. Bengal fans who can speak objectively agree that the team is poorly run. People don’t gripe about Mike Brown and Bengals management in general for lack of anything better to do.

    If you think the only guys juicing in the 70s were Steelers (actually just Courson and the other offensive linemen), go read up before commenting. If Marcus Gilbert used PEDs, then his suspension is deserved for violating policy, even if his intent was to heal from a soft-tissue injury. Given how Justin Gilbert’s NFL career went before and after the whopping 12 games he played for the Steelers, pretty sure the substance in question wasn’t a PED, so not sure where the relevance is.

    If you want to argue, that’s on you. Not trying to high-jack comments on other team’s stories. My intent was to rebut a troll; you’re the one who felt the need to interject.

  38. They call out each player by their number when a foul is committed.
    Coach may be on to something.
    Might be in the best interest of the NFL to hold officials accountable as well.
    Can anyone say FINE?

  39. Such as…flogging at mid-field? After that drubbing, that’s the what upset the HC most? That’s Mularky!

  40. streetyson says:
    November 20, 2017 at 9:23 pm
    steeldominance says:
    November 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm
    Okay. You’re right. Take 3 off the Steelers score. You still got crushed. Take your whipping. You’re a mediocre team that lost.
    ———————
    Possibly, probably, but you can’t simply make that assumption because what it did was put Steelers up by 2 scores at the half rather than just one. That changes the gameplan – maybe Mariota throws it less or feels less pressed to force it in there as the score-gap to time-left ratio keeps them in the game for longer. What if Titans had used that short time before the half for a quick pass and field goal? Who knows? We won’t now. Most likely, the Titans would have just lost by a score or two less – but don’t forget, “net points” is now a tie-breaker in rankings, so down the line it might further unfairly help the Steelers and unfairly hurt the Titans.

    Let’s replay the events. Steelers get the extra 11 yards on the fumble recovery and increase the lead 16-7 at half. The kickoff to start off the second half was a touchback and was promptly followed by a 75 yard TD pass. After the extra point the score was 16-14. After a few drives the score becomes 23-17. It wasn’t until the first play of the 4th quarter that the Steelers started to pull away. The extra 11 yards and the 3 points they got had no impact on the game plan or final score.

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