Jim Caldwell says NFL admitted costly officiating mistake

The Chargers’ 36-14 win over the Colts on Sunday night really got blown open when Eric Weddle picked off a Peyton Manning pass and ran it back 41 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Now Colts coach Jim Caldwell says the NFL has told him the interception never should have counted.

Replays showed Weddle grabbing Reggie Wayne and knocking him off his route before the interception, and Caldwell now says the league office has informed him that, indeed, the officials missed a pass interference penalty on the play.

“[The NFL] said it should have been called,” Caldwell said, per the Indianapolis Star. “That wasn’t like it was a new revelation to anybody, I don’t think.”

Caldwell said the league didn’t apologize for the error.

“Sorry is not part of their response,” Caldwell said. “It’s just a declaration that, ‘We did indeed miss that one; it should have been called.’ ”

Now the question is whether Caldwell himself will be sorry for bringing it up. He could be fined by the league, first for saying “it was a bad call” after the game and now for publicly confirming that the league admitted it was a bad call. The NFL fined then-Vikings coach Brad Childress $35,000 for criticizing officials and disclosing what the league told him about the officiating this season, and Caldwell acknowledged that he could be in for the first fine of his career.

46 responses to “Jim Caldwell says NFL admitted costly officiating mistake

  1. The league admitting to you that they blew a call that potentially cost you a game is about as satisfying as a surgeon admitting he botched your wife’s surgery the day after her funeral.

  2. Every week the Officials miss calls. I wonder if coaches write the league every time one is missed? That seems lame. Do they right when one is missed but it went their way? Doubt it. Take back the touchdown and they still lose. Now what?

  3. Missed calls happen everygame. Last night on a slow motion replay, an Eagle Off lineman had such a hold on a D lineman and it wasnt called. I think NFL plays happen too fast and they dont have enough refs to officiate the game correctly. The ideal thing would be to have an isolation camera on every player and have refs officiate from the booth, not the field. This way they could focus just on the 1 player. That would make the game better.

  4. Yeah. I saw the play a few times. Bad missed call. That being said, the Colts have had their share of questionable calls or non-calls go their way in the last decade or so.

    It was an egregious miss, but these things do even out. As a team, when they go your way, you absolutely must capitalize. It’s like getting a turnover.

    Missing something completely isn’t as bad as seeing it and getting it wrong. Still, the officials don’t seem to be getting better. They seem to be getting worse.

  5. WAAAAAAAAAA…WAAAAAAAAA….WAAAAAA. Just play the friggin game and stop all the complaining. A human made a mistake…film at eleven.

  6. Caldwell looks clueless on the sidelines. The Colts lost the game by 22 points.

    Every game in the NFL has questionable calls.

    If the Colts played in the AFC East/North, they wouldn’t even sniff the playoffs.

    In Childress like mode, Caldwell looks to blame someone besides the image he sees in the mirror.

  7. The Colts were pretty much outplayed for much of that game (after the opening drive at least), but that non-call on Reggie Wayne was absolutely ridiculous and the game pretty much turned sour after that. The Colts are just missing too many pieces right now to stage a comeback like that.

    IF the Colts can get all these guys back (Brackett, Session, Collie, Sanders, Addai, Hart) and finish strong, who knows what this team can do, but these Colts absences are starting to weigh them down.

    Regardless, the Ref blew that call and he knows it.

  8. Poor officiating is becoming too much a part of the NFL. That said, I don’t think year ’round officials are the answer, maybe for the head ref, but not all of them.
    Maybe they have too many rules that leave no room for judgement, which leads to hesitation, too much thinking on their part.

  9. “Now the question is whether Caldwell himself will be sorry for bringing it up.”

    Yeh, but if he’s scared for his job that’s when excuses start…instead of just letting it go. There are ALWAYS calls missed in games. How many holding calls are NOT made?

  10. Not to worry Jim, Bill Polian will bum-rush a rule change down the throats of the rules committee this offseason to favor the Colts (AGAIN). Polian will get the coverage rules gnawed down to the point that eventually DB’s won’t even be allowed to cover Colt’s receivers without drawing a flag. You’ll do better in the long run.

  11. It’s extremely distressing that the NFL attempts to supress this information. The NFL wants its fans to be so excited about its product that they buy merchandise and encourage others to follow the game. Without making every effort to insure that the calls made are right and publicly admitting mistakes when they are made, the NFL will end up turning its fans off. I would love to see a coach fined for disclosing this information sue the league for violating his civil rights under the first ammendment.

  12. Every game the Colts have won over the past two seasons is in spite of this worthless and clueless bum.

    Never will you see this fool coaching. He’s always standing there with the same deer in the headlights expression on his face.

    The best thing the Colts could do at this point is dismiss this waste of space, with the 2nd best thing being locking up Manning for 6+years and that is saying something.

    This guy is an embarrassment.

  13. only for the POOR colts…..

    No other team they would have done this for….

    what about the BLATANT intentional grounding monday night?

    wah wah wah peyton got robbed

  14. and caldwell is not a remotely good coach….

    he stepped into a team that was built to win without a coach….
    then made them and supported to to THROW away a perfect season….

    that is not a coach that is an absolute moron and here we have it……

  15. The Colts are a joke. They get more calls than any team in the league. They aren’t even a real football team in my book. Wait until Crybaby Manning is gone, and see how many people are left in that crappy stadium.

  16. Jim, consider it a gift to the NFL to help pay for the Black Eyed Peas to appear as the ‘headliners’ of the Super Bowl halftime. And I use the term headliners very loosely. I’m actually excited about it, because it’ll be the first Super Bowl halftime show in at least 3 decades, where I can go for a nice long restroom break, make some more chicken wings, and put another 6-pack on ice for the 2nd half knowing I’m not missing anything entertaining or remotely musical. Those under 30 have no idea what I’m talking about, everybody else: just imagine the possibilities!

  17. buckeye044 says:
    Dec 3, 2010 8:46 AM
    Poor officiating is becoming too much a part of the NFL. That said, I don’t think year ’round officials are the answer, maybe for the head ref, but not all of them.
    Maybe they have too many rules that leave no room for judgement, which leads to hesitation, too much thinking on their part.
    = = = =

    Either you make the call or you don’t.

    If the pro game wasn’t run for the gamblers, there would be very little interest in blown calls.

  18. bradyisgod says:
    Dec 3, 2010 8:42 AM
    WAAAAAAAAAA…WAAAAAAAAA….WAAAAAA. Just play the friggin game and stop all the complaining. A human made a mistake…film at eleven.

    Is that what you say when a call goes against your precious Pats?? I dont freakin think so!

    Not saying the Colts wouldve won if they threw this flag, but it was a HUGE call to miss! You’re giving the other team 7 points when it should be a 1st down going the other way…thats just ridiculous. And i’m sure all you “experts” on here have been bashing Peyton all week for this interception…well its kind of hard to complete a pass when your receiver gets tackled!!!

  19. I completely agree with all the Caldwell bashing though, hes a complete waste of space!!

    Join the Fire Jim Caldwell group on Facebook people!

  20. WOW something went against the Colts. Coach Caldwell should not let it leak out he had heard from the NFL, wasn’t that a fine for another coach?

  21. Crying QB, crying coach.

    The Chargers out-played you w/o that missed call – just as they have 5 out of the last 6 times you’ve met.

    Own it.

  22. #
    arbiterflick says: Dec 3, 2010 8:33 AM

    Couldn’t have thrown the challenge flag?

    Nope, but they should be able to. Why couldn’t they review it?

    Obvious blown calls should be allowed to be challenged.

    whether they are judgement calls or not when it’s that obvious it needs to be changed.

    it impacted the game severely. the officating at the NFL level is either crooked or very weak.

    either way it needs to change.

  23. The Colts are notorious for quick snaps that would prevent a challenge of potentially blown calls. It is hypocritical to complain about a missed PI. These things happen every game. To fine Caldwell for mentioning the league’s admission is absurd. If the league does not want the bad publicity then get the damn calls right. The refs get the vast majority of the calls correct but when they are wrong it is usually an impactful play of the game that adds to the conspiracy theorists…although not many think the Colts get the short stick very often.

  24. How IN THE HELL did this guy ever get hired as a coach not to mention the head one? He’s friggin awful. Fine, it was a bad call, I’ll give you that one- you know what? Bad calls happen all the time. But guess what? 33 minus 7 is 26 which means you still got your ass handed to you – have some class and keep your mouth shut.

  25. I lost my week and my chances at making the playoffs in my fantasy league because of this. THANKS NFL REFS.

  26. Who pulled Caldwell’s pull-string and is letting him talk? Peyton, the only things that should be coming out of Caldwell’s mouth should be “There’s a snake in my boots” and “You’re my favorite deputy!”

  27. A. The Chargers certainly could have been called either pass interference, holding, or illegal contact on that play.

    B. It wasn’t called.

    C. Reggie Wayne took a dive trying to draw the call, and might have been able to make the tackle othewise.

    D. The Colts would have lost anyways.

    E. I’m sure that the league made this admission on their own, without any prodding from Bill Polian.

  28. I just hope that Manning leaves the Colts, for a team that actually can play, and then everybody can really judge how much of an m valuable p this guy is.

  29. Let’s not get ridiculous here… the ability to challenge a judgement call would be mind blowingly stupid.

  30. First, should they have called the penalty? Maybe, maybe not. There was a grab of the jersey, but players grab the jersey on EVERY play. Personally, it looked to me like Wayne felt the grab, and took a dive hoping to get a call. Unfortunately, his dive only allowed Weddle to catch the ball with nobody near him. Wayne would have made the tackle if he hadnt taken a dive…..

  31. If we can see the replay on tv and make the call in 10 seconds or less, why doesn’t the NFL have a ref in the booth review every play. If he thinks there’s a problem he can stop the play for a formal review. Any play, anytime, no exceptions! Consider it throwing a flag from the booth. I see no problem with that…..

  32. Ok, in the spirit of fairness, as a Chargers fan, We will give the Colts a TD for that play.. Now lets see.. The score is now

    Chargers… 36
    Colts… 21

    Hey Colts.. You still lost!!! Now what do you have to complain about??

  33. It takes a simple minded person to take away the 7 points and say look we still won.

    A play of that magnitude is a game changer. Was it a 14 point swing? Nobody will ever know. But to say that it didn’t change the game, or that even without it the score is x, is just being simple minded.

  34. gobolts4lyfe says:
    Dec 3, 2010 12:36 PM
    Ok, in the spirit of fairness, as a Chargers fan, We will give the Colts a TD for that play.. Now lets see.. The score is now

    Chargers… 36
    Colts… 21

    Hey Colts.. You still lost!!! Now what do you have to complain about??

    ________

    Nice math einstein. The play was a pick six, score is more like 29-21.

  35. If Wedgie Rain hadn’t have flopped like a french soccer player, the ref’s probably would have called it.

    His over-exaggerated flop is probably what made the ref not make the call.

    IMHO

    …and yes, Caldwell definitely has the deer in the headlights look down pat.

  36. It wasn’t a 14 point swing, it was a 7 point swing. It’s only 14 points if you assume that the Colts would have scored a touchdown on that drive. The Colts then got the kickoff, and did they score a touchdown ? No.

  37. It is sweet justice for the bogus holding call in the 07-08 playoff game, which just happened to be against ERIC WEDDLE and negated a PICK SIX by Cromartie.

    Remember that one? The league admitted it got the call wrong then too.

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