Mike Mularkey says NFL admitted blown call against the Titans

AP

In a season full of blown calls affecting high-profile games, there hasn’t been much public outrage about the blown call at the end of Sunday’s Raiders-Titans game, perhaps because that was a low-profile game.

But there was a blown call: According to Titans coach Mike Mularkey, the NFL has admitted that the defensive holding penalty against Titans cornerback B.W. Webb that kept alive the Raiders’ final drive was a poorly officiated play.

On the play in question, the Raiders were facing fourth-and-8 with 1:57 remaining, and a Derek Carr pass fell incomplete. If not for the penalty, the Titans would have taken over with a 21-17 lead and would’ve just had to kneel down three times to run out the clock and win the game. Instead, the penalty gave the Raiders a first down, and Oakland scored the game-winning touchdown two plays later.

After the game, Webb called it a “terrible call,” and Mularkey said, “I do not agree with it.” Apparently the league office doesn’t agree with it either.

52 responses to “Mike Mularkey says NFL admitted blown call against the Titans

  1. Nice job, Dean Blandino! Way to continue to work towards getting things right!
    The only thing you’ve continued to do well?
    Turn oxygen into carbon dioxide week after week as you explain to us all how certain you are that your dumb— refs won’t screw up the outcome of some game next week.

  2. This is a sign that things really are turning around for the Raiders, I can’t remember the last time they got a favorable call.

  3. I’ve seen more poor officiating this year than I’ve ever seen before. Is it the refs or are there just too many rules now? I thought they did a terrible job in the Pats/Broncos game. Don’t know what the answer is.

  4. The SF/AZ game was one of the worst officiated games I have ever seen.

    The fact that we can now see every corner from every angle in HD, while in the past we were probably NOT seeing the worst games ever because we were watching on 19 inch black and whites and so up the technology chain.

    I’m guessing Refs are like NFL QB’s. Not enough good ones to cover the whole league.

  5. The zebras influence the game way too much. I think they should let replay decide even holding , interference with technology. Have a electronic device attached to the jersey that would tell if there is a hold or not. These Zebras influence the game and at some point we have to question the integrity of the game.

  6. Meh. Every game has blown calls, and the league has blown calls every year at probably a similar rate.

    The real problem is two-fold:

    1. with so much parity in the league these days, bad calls mean more and more to a win or loss and the overall standings. So they get more scrutiny than they used to.

    2. with HD televisions and so many great camera angles, audiences actually get a BETTER look at replays than the NFL refs on the sidelines. They also get BIASED commentary from the announcers during audience reviews, which doesn’t help matters and only emotionally charges fanbases before the call is made. This is really a failing of the NFL and their use of technology, though, and not the fault of the announcers who are there for a different reason.

    Can’t do much about number 1, but the NFL needs to get serious about instant replay and embrace the tech to ensure the RIGHT call is made instead of being generally fearful of it and only half embracing/limiting what it can do.

  7. How bout instead of having a “___ days without an arrest” counter, we instead have a “___ days without a blown call” one?

    Bet they won’t make it to 7 in any given week.

  8. Well if anyone on the offense could produce consistently besides Delanie Walker, or if any of the cornerbacks knew how to play football, or if Marcus Mariota could stop throwing interceptions, or if he could throw a deep pass once in a while, maybe they would have a few more wins at home..

    There are so many more things wrong with this team than the refs… I don’t mind the blown call. They didn’t deserve to win that game anyways.

  9. The fix was in all over the NFL yesterday. After watching the gifts bestowed on Arizona by the refs, clearly Goodell and his henchmen want to see Arizona on TV in January.
    On the other end of the spectrum, the refs took over the 4th quarter in Denver and GAVE the Broncos an early Christmas with gifts on platters at NE’s expense. Phantom calls on every critical down……….way to go Roger……you’ll get the last word against NE in one form or another.
    The Fix was in yesterday

  10. Bad officiating knows no boundaries.

    gotitan says:
    Nov 30, 2015 4:50 PM
    Tough way to lose our 11th straight at home. Tough.

    How could gotitan have missed an opportunity to somehow blame this on the Pats?

  11. Ok. Bad call by the ref. I get it. But the raiders still had a 4th down. If the right call was made and yes I agree, the Raiders still would be forced to go for it. Possibly the same outcome of a touch down. Woulda coulda shoulda. Just saying.

  12. The Raiders had two timeouts, so the game wouldn’t have been over at that point, but it would’ve been close. That call was terrible as the majority of the calls were that game.

  13. I’m as big a fan as anyone, but in recent weeks I have to admit I’ve lost interest.

    As a NE fan I’ve seen crazy calls in our favor, and some against us, but both are similarly distasteful as they suggest that the games are being decided by the 65 year old refs instead of the players.

    Why would anyone want to watch a game which is either incompetently officiated or outright rigged?

    Honestly it’s not worth the emotional investment.

  14. Every game has blown calls, and the league has blown calls every year at probably a similar rate.

    The real problem is two-fold:

    1. with so much parity in the league these days, bad calls mean more and more to a win or loss and the overall standings. So they get more scrutiny than they used to.

    2. with HD televisions and so many great camera angles, audiences actually get a BETTER look at replays than the NFL refs on the sidelines. They also get BIASED commentary from the announcers during audience reviews, which doesn’t help matters and only emotionally charges fanbases before the call is made. This is really a failing of the NFL and their use of technology, though, and not the fault of the announcers who are there for a different reason.

    Can’t do much about number 1, but the NFL needs to get serious about instant replay and embrace the tech to ensure the RIGHT call is made instead of being generally fearful of it and only half embracing/limiting what it can do.

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    meh, its every single damn game!!! I get it some endings are anti climatic but thats how it goes. Enough extrnding drives for scrub qbs that throw terrible passes.

    Last night in the pats game branch bullrushes the center and sacks the qb in 1.5 seconds. They called holding yet the qb was on the ground Already!! Lol

  15. The call was so obviously a phantom call that I just assumed it was a “make-up call” since the Raiders had been flagged so often on the Titans’ scoring drive moments earlier.

  16. metalman5150 says:
    Nov 30, 2015 5:00 PM
    SIMPLE
    Allow the coaches to challenge / review penalties!!!
    ——

    So long as the same incompetent boobs that called the penalties are the ones that review them, nothing is gonna change. If anything, they’d just be getting what they want, more time on TV. That’s all they seem to care about…well, that and fixing who wins the games.

  17. While a blown call at the end of the game is crucial, particularly here, if Mariota does not toss an interception when they recovered the fumbled kickoff and they end up scoring, it’s a different game. Titans had chances and didn’t capitalize

  18. As a Titans fan, it sucks, but the game was meaningless for us anyway. I think in general the bad calls most even out when the teams are evenly matched. Plus teams get reputations and that influences the calls.

    What I can’t stand are that some crews call everything and some crews call nothing. That must be more consistent that it is today.

    Finally, in the Titans-Raiders and again in the Pat-Broncos games, we saw “holding” calls that were so far away from the play that they were completely irrelevant. I wonder if they should introduce some judgment on those calls, kind of like they do in soccer when they let them play on.

  19. Either I’m watching too much football or the number of critical mistakes by the officials has reached an all time high. Goodell needs to focus on this maybe since the patriots got screwed Kraft may push change.

  20. Eliminate reviewing. No such thing as a do over. Play is over when the whistle blows. Ref missed call so be it. What goes around comes around. It will even out in the end. Worked for years before all the technology and the game was bigger. The NFL is losing it with their trying for perfection.

  21. Actually, Crabtree, on said play, flinched and should have been called for a false start. So, in reality, the play should have never happened in the first place.

  22. It was an obvious make up call. The calls were so home team friendly for the whole game. How do you rip a guys helmet off and not get flagged for unnecessary roughness? How do you jump on a guy who’s on the ground and hold him down for 5 seconds AFTER the play and then only flag the retaliation? How do you call pass interference on a ball that’s out of the back of the endzone and uncatchable on third down?

    1 play does not decide a game. The Titans are who everyone thought they were…a bad football team.

  23. Considering the Titans benefited from a couple really bad calls on a drive that eventually led to a touchdown, I would say things are even. Without those calls, the Titans would have never even been in the game to begin with. Nice try Mike Mularkey, but both teams got hosed by the refs and the outcome was as it should have been. The Tiatans were outplayed for the majority of the game and lost. Deal with it.

  24. There have been bad calls since the NFL began. Teams have missed super bowls from blown calls. The Titans aren’t the first and they won’t be the last team to get screwed by a bad call. But, I want everyone to remember just how much we loved these refs and couldn’t wait to get them back, when the replacement refs were in there. Careful what you wish for.

  25. Could’ve should’ve would’ve. Officiating in the NFL has always been bad. Now with all the concussion protocols and new information with the lingering effects of head trauma. In which came into the league ” not new information but relatively” The game has become so watered-down that I’m not even sure half of the players understand half of the rules. Every time there’s a little tug on a jersey the official is programmed to throw the flag. Every time there is contact an official has to determine whether or not there was too much contact in order to throw a flag. False starting penalties and neutral zone infraction’s are by far the easiest to call. All of the holding calls are the gray area in NFL because I guarantee you there is some level of holding just about every play. Until the officiating is overseen by a supercomputer there will always be unfairness in the way these officials control the game. However, these players and coaches make so much money that the little bit of sniveling they have to do once in a while at the press conference over a blown call is well worth the price of the admission ticket into the NFL.

  26. The fastest game on the planet and they NFL thinks it’s a good idea to have old men with declining physical skills calling their games. Integrity my ass.

  27. Some of these officials are way too old. This year more than any other shows this to be the case.

    Every game there are very poor officiating errors, non-calls or calls near the end of games where earlier in the games it’s a no call and clock errors.

    Either the NFL gets a handle on this or it will be the death of the sport. Many already are referring to the NFL as the WWF and it’ll only get worse if they don’t get some younger officials and hold them all accountable.

    The NFL rulebook is thicker than ever as well as the uncertainty of what a penalty is or isn’t. What is a catch or isn’t.

    Last nights back judge Greg Wilson, who blew call at the end of the Seahawks vs Lions game, was reassigned from officiating Sunday Night games was back in prime time last night.

    Last nights Ref Tony Corrente is 64 years old and a retired teacher but he is expected to manage a game played by some of the worlds best athletes 1/2 his age or more. He could be a grandfather to most NFL players and last night he looked it.

    He is old, slow and looked absolutely miserable in the cold and snow last night. Same could be said for most of his crew.

    Corrente couldn’t handle sitting behind a desk as a teacher anymore how can he run around for 3 hours trying to keep up with the players while doing all the duties he has.

    Integrity Roger! It starts during the games. Baseball was once America’s game it can be again. Anyone over the age of 40-50 knows they are unable to do things that a 25 year old can do thats why 99% of players in any sport retire before 40. Why not have the Refs retire before 55-60?

  28. Apologies to the Titans and all their fans, but……

    The Raiders have been screwed by phantom calls and intentionally bad reffing for the better part of 2 decades.

    This was a little bit of payback.

    More to follow…….

  29. If we had HD and the replays we have now, any era would have the same second guessing.

    All this accuracy is messing up the game as it happens. Weird and ironic. At least I was a young fan in the 70’s and 80’s —NFL heyday.

  30. Mike Mularkey is still in the league??? This deer in the headlight look from this tool shouldn’t be allowed to coach a powder puff game, never mind an NFL game.

  31. How about all the time refs are spending this year just having conferences before announcing penalties?

    Or when they announce “the previous play is under review,” long after we thought it was already being reviewed?

    They take up way too much time just to make suspiciously bad calls.

  32. Same thing happened to the Bills in London. It was game over, but a terrible penalty kept the jags drive alive.

    The outrage over horrible officiating has reached a deafening level. The league needs to do something because this is really affecting the integrity of the game

  33. All you need to know about that game is summed up with one man’s name…Jeff Triplette.

    I hate using abbreviations but that guy has me SMDH…

  34. I’m a Raider fan but these comments are beyond funny. If this happened to the Raiders you’d be talking conspiracy and how the Raiders always get screwed and the whining would be epic.

    At his press conference Titans coach Mike Mularkey said the league contacted him and admitted the refs made a mistake on the holding call. One of the worst calls I’ve seen in a while. I hate when the Raiders get screwed on a call but it’s also not fair when another team does too.

    AND TO THE ONE THAT SAID IT WAS only going to be 4th down anyways; NO IT WASN’T. It was the end of the game. If the holding call was never called the Raiders lose. I have it on DVR and watched it several times. If you want to be a mindless homer that is ok; but at least know what you are talking about.

  35. This is on the NFL; when the refs went out on strike their main thing was they wanted to be full time and be trained all year round. the NFL; making about 1/3 of a TRILLION per year said it was too expensive and also balked at paying minimum wage to the cheerleaders.

    madness.

  36. Here’s what I would do to make officiating better.

    1. Get rid of the challenge system and all other reviews. Let the officials call the game as they see it on the field the way it used to be. There was less controversy years ago when that was the way it was.
    2. Get rid of instant replay, just as it was years ago. Again — the fact that the networks replay close calls over and over again in super slow motion makes the officials paranoid about making calls.

    In short — put the game back on the field where it belongs and live with it. It worked for 50+ years that way and all instant replays and reviews have done is slow the game down and rile up the fans. The one thing we all know is the review system has not ended controversial calls, they’ve made them more prevalent.
    Pretend you’re an NFL official. Would you be more relaxed knowing you could make a call and not have it reviewed in slow motion many times, or make a call and have everyone on the planet get to see it in slow motion from three or four different angles?

    Officials are human and there’s a lot more pressure on them because of replay and reviews. Get rid of those and let the officials relax, and I think they’ll call the games better.

  37. jimjax4 says:
    Nov 30, 2015 10:29 PM
    This is on the NFL; when the refs went out on strike their main thing was they wanted to be full time and be trained all year round. the NFL; making about 1/3 of a TRILLION per year said it was too expensive and also balked at paying minimum wage to the cheerleaders.

    madness.

    ****
    You actually have it backward. The league wanted the refs to be full-time. The refs wanted to remain part-time (because most of them have other careers that pay them well).

  38. If the refs were FULL TIME they would have the ability to stay sharp on rules, get more training, establish continuity between each other, etc.. instead of going to their Monday-Friday Jobs! Hell, I’m a working dad with honey do lists and other crap to do, and I had barely enough time to read this post….

  39. You’re all wrong. Webb is tugging on Coop’s jersey as they run down the field… And this was the second time in the game he’d been caught so it’s really not a big deal. Cooper roasts him otherwise – actually a smart play.

  40. Titans had more first downs by the refs, than they had on their own……at the time of the Titans 2nd penalty all game in the 4th quarter, the raiders already had 11 called against them…..resulting in 14 points for the Titans……maybe he should thank the refs for allowing them to stay in the game. After all they never converted a third down play the entire game (w/o the refs) until late in the 4th qtr.

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