Coaches who are worried about being fined for criticizing officials try to tread carefully around controversial calls.
Others make all the comment they need to make while ostensibly not commenting at all.
That was the case for Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who thought that the sack-strip-fumble which Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis returned for a touchdown should have been an incomplete pass.
“I’m not commenting on the call, the forward pass that was a touchdown,” Arians said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
Nicely played, Bruce.
Palmer himself had more to say about the play, which triggered a bit of an avalanche on his team.
“I was throwing it to Dave [Johnson] who was about as far away as you are from me right now,” Palmer said. “Obvious pass I thought. Surprised the refs didn’t see it that way.”
The decision was reviewed as a turnover and a scoring play, and Arians said the final decision was made by review official Lou Nazzaro, with referee Walt Coleman not reviewing the replay.
Whether it was a bad call or not is a matter of debate. But technically speaking, Arians didn’t say that.