Steve Smith on offensive pass interference call: I was trying to make a play

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It looked for a moment like the Ravens had snatched a last-minute win over the Bengals on a long touchdown pass to Steve Smith, but any jubilation ended when officials found Smith guilty of offensive pass interference on the play.

Smith and Bengals safety George Iloka were vying for the ball and there’s definitely some struggling going on between the two players before Smith gets in a shove on the Bengal. Iloka went down with perhaps a little embellishment on his part and Smith drew the flag. Receivers have gotten away with much worse, but Smith didn’t put up much of an argument on the field after the call and wasn’t raging about it during a postgame interview with CSN Baltimore either.

“Trying to make a play. These new rules, obviously they always talk about offense and defense each man has a right for the ball. That’s what I tried to do, just go for the ball. I thought he was in the way,” Smith said.

A little later Smith added, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, that he doesn’t like the “idea of a play like that determining the game” while adding that he’s neither mad nor upset. The pass interference call didn’t determine the outcome of the game, of course. Had the Ravens defense not allowed the Bengals to drive for a touchdown a few moments earlier, Baltimore would have been able to kneel on the ball and run out the clock.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he wasn’t “allowed” to answer a question about his feelings regarding the call, which suggests he didn’t think too highly of it since no one in the league office has ever issued a fine to a coach agreeing with a call.

49 responses to “Steve Smith on offensive pass interference call: I was trying to make a play

  1. The guy differently flopped. I don’t blame Steve because 9.5 times out of 10 the refs swallow their whistles and everything is fair game.

  2. John Harbaugh stated his thoughts very well on the sidelines to the official after the play was over. For his thoughts on the play look to the letters that begin and end the name of the Cincinnati football team.

  3. Oh gosh. Stop it, Ravens fans. Look I think u guys are good fans. Better than the Clowns and Stoolers fans but Steve did push. He pushed Adam Jones in the last game too in Baltimore and got away with it. Not this time. See u guys next year or maybe in the postseason

  4. Smith was “trying to make a play” – the kind of “play” that veterans who push off often are able to get away with. Not this time.

    Good job by the refs getting the call right.

  5. Mike Pereira says it was absolutely the right call. Not “iffy” or “ticky tack” and says he feels it was NOT a flop. I’ll side with the objective, knowledgeable source rather than the Ravens’ dejected fans…

  6. Does 4/29 in San Diego with a very generous spot ring a bell for you big baby Raven fans? Some you get some you don’t …. So hitch up your big boy diapers and stop crying…..I know it’s not the Raven way, but try…it I doesn’t hurt I promise.

  7. The refs never swallow their whistle when a defender extends his arms and shoves the pass receiver, so they should never swallow their whistle when the receiver is the offender.

    The “flop” (if it was a flop) is inconsequential: it was a penalty due to Smith’s actions on the play. For one of the rare times this season (expecially in comparison to Thursday night’s game), the refs got the call spot-on right.

  8. It was clearly OPI. If Smith doesn’t grab him and throw him out of the way, then it’s with intercepted or at the least, incomplete. It was a good call but am was surprised the ref made it.

  9. Let the bungles have the game (and the sweep). It’s not like their going far in the playoffs anyways. Hell, they will probably start another losing skid next week anyways. Lol at all of their fans shuffling down that escalator before the game was over. What a loyal fan base.

  10. Had to be called, not quite as bad as the fail mary but it was definitely OPI. Defender was in good position

  11. Never understood why fans complain about what refs call and don’t call. I watched my team get beat by the Bengals. I wasn’t watching the refs.

  12. thebrownswillalwaysloose says:
    Oct 26, 2014 6:36 PM
    Let the bungles have the game (and the sweep). It’s not like their going far in the playoffs anyways. Hell, they will probably start another losing skid next week anyways. Lol at all of their fans shuffling down that escalator before the game was over. What a loyal fan base.

    This guy. You didn’t have a team until 1999. And please, fix that grammar. Stop generalizing other (better) team’s fans.

  13. “The pass interference call didn’t determine the outcome of the game, of course.”

    Really? Because it it hadn’t been called the ravens would most probably have won the game. Which, of course, is a different outcome.

  14. Instead of pointing at the officials (like usual), maybe you complainers should be focusing on the two picks that Joe Elite threw.

  15. The Ravens could’ve made a lot of plays that would’ve made this call irrelevant, but the reality is that in the NFL games are often decided by a play or two, and to have this touchdown taken away by a ticky-tack call like this (Smith did make contact, but when do you ever see that amount of contact warranting a penalty, especially late in the game) decide the game is unfair and could have a huge effect on the outcome of the AFC North.

  16. maeisen15, so in the 3rd quarter its OPI, but in the 4th quarter with the game on the line, it’s not a penalty? Where in the rule book does it define different calls for different quarters? Oh…that’s right. Only when it goes against your team.

  17. The Ravens could’ve made a lot of plays that would’ve made this call irrelevant, but the reality is that in the NFL games are often decided by a play or two, and to have this touchdown taken away by a ticky-tack call like this (Smith did make contact, but when do you ever see that amount of contact warranting a penalty, especially late in the game) decide the game is unfair and could have a huge effect on the outcome of the AFC North.

    Everybody knows you are d-bags by the support you gave Ray Rice when he dropped his bride in an elevator so your usual crying over a call is expected but….kids learn.. Why can’t Raven fans. Refs don’t cost you a game…. Don’t forget 4/29 in San Deigo… Great Raven spot…ssssshhhh you got your share.

  18. Only good news is I know this season will ultimately end with me getting to laugh at the Bengals for failing to accomplish anything, as usual.

  19. you see that type of play so many times with no call. the guy flops & the refs throw a flag, horrible way to possibly lose the division! if it was a brady thrown ball it woulda been no flag.

  20. crownofthehelmet says:
    Oct 26, 2014 8:12 PM
    Maybe Big Ben can borrow both your teams a TD or two.

    Crown, stop it with that Pittsburgh education. If your offering something it would be “lend” or “Give”. Unless of course your talking about the last game in Baltimore where he needed to “borrow” a TD or two. Just saying. Glass houses , watch the stones.

  21. thanks you for the education thelongest, boy do me feel stupid. It would have been even a more dumber post if me didn’t know when to use your or you’re, 2x in 2 sentenses.

  22. “you see that type of play so many times with no call. the guy flops & the refs throw a flag, horrible way to possibly lose the division! if it was a brady thrown ball it woulda been no flag.”

    You know you would laugh at this comment if the tables were reversed.

  23. Very interesting game to watch. It had more twists and turns than the hillbilly roads in Pittsburgh. I hated to see either team lose. What is up with this division? They all play up and down every week. Who would have thought that 1/2 way through the season no one would have a losing record and be in contention?

  24. Those 2 picks by Joe killed them. Torrey is no good in small windows over the middle. It’s day and night when compared to him on the outside or in space. I don’t think he gave the TE enough chances to stop throwing him the ball either. They’re better off running the ball to set up the passing game like what Ravens football use to be.

  25. In the speed of it, I completely understand the call, it certainly looked like it could be OPI in full speed as it happened. The problem I have is the total lack of consistency in calls within the SAME crew. Just a few minutes prior on 3rd down, Mohammad Sanu catches a 50 yard pass after clearly initiating some contact with Terrence Brooks (i.e. a push to his back) to get a clear catch on the ball. It should surprise no one that this was Clete Blakeman and his horrific crew. No idea how that guy still has a job in the NFL, especially after the egregious calls he had that clearly effected the outcome of several games last year, Pats fans know what I’m talking about.

  26. I had never even heard of a flop in football before last night. Ticky-tack call at the least, but Smith didn’t even need to extend the arm and I think defender still falls. Ref should have seen that for the no call.

    – someone with a vested interest in cincy winning

  27. There was some poor officiating in that game, but they got that call right. Oddly enough, it was very clear that Geathers was being held on the other end of the field and it wasn’t called.

  28. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Oct 26, 2014 6:14 PM
    Does 4/29 in San Diego with a very generous spot ring a bell for you big baby Raven fans? Some you get some you don’t …. So hitch up your big boy diapers and stop crying…..I know it’s not the Raven way, but try…it I doesn’t hurt I promise.
    ————————————-
    Why are you bringing up a game from 2 years ago? Living in the past like most steelers fans love to do. As for the flop it doesn’t matter if it was the right call or not. We shouldn’t have needed an 80 yard miracle to win the game, our D should have held on the final drive. Another exciting AFCN game in the books, look forward to seeing you guys next week…

  29. By definition of the rule, it was the right call. With that said, it’s a no call 9 times out of 10. IMO it was 70% flop and 30% OPI. I’m a Bengals fan and I think they lucked out.

  30. Grabbing a guy’s jersey and throwing him to the ground. Yup, that’s a penalty. Look the play up on YouTube. It is obvious.

  31. As a Ravens fan, it was clearly OPI. By definition.
    In reality, Steve’s hand fighting didn’t really give an advantage or make the dude slip.
    Still, it was the right call.

    Thems the breaks! The Ravens will be ok. On to Pitt!

  32. At least Smith didn’t throw down Iloka by the facemask the way he did Adam Jones.

  33. Steve Smith said exactly what happened. He made a play for the ball. Iloka did not.

    The resulting penalty rewarded the player who did not make a play for the ball.

    That about sums up the NFL these days.

  34. “That’s what I tried to do, just go for the ball. I thought he was in the way,” Smith said.

    “So I pushed him out of the way. It was a lot easier to go for the ball then.”

  35. Steve barely touched him. Not complaining. I’ve seen worse in many Ravens games. Even against the Bengals. Ravens still have an easy schedule. Bengals got lucky in both games and had to play their best football. Ravens will still win at least 10 games. And the Bengals still have to go on the road to Cleveland and Pittsburgh and play the Broncos.

  36. Smith always manhandles his corners or anyone close to him he knocks out of the way and always got away with it. He is good for a showdown on the field. I have seen a guy grab his face mask and Smitty grab the others guys and twirl him around by the face mask.

    It may be funny till your caught and penalized then its not so funny now is it.

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