NFL admits Calais Campbell should have been flagged for Cam Newton hit

AP

The NFL has acknowledged it made a mistake in not flagging the Cardinals for an illegal hit on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, from a game that included layers of both technological and human error.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the league has concluded that Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell should have been penalized for hitting Newton below the knees while he was in the pocket.

Newton was outraged by the non-call, which led to a lengthy (and justified) post-game diatribe about not feeling safe in the pocket. And honestly, it was a fairly obvious call, with Campbell falling right into Newton’s legs, leaving the MVP twisted awkwardly as he fell.

That was just one of the officiating mistakes during that game, which included the FOX network television feed going out at an inopportune time for the Cardinals, leaving them unable to review the sack-strip-fumble by Carson Palmer which coach Bruce Arians thought was a forward pass. The fumble was returned for a touchdown and started an avalanche of points for the Panthers.

A reasonable viewer might have agreed with Arians, had one seen the replay. But with the network feed unavailable, replay official Lou Nazzaro didn’t get a chance to see it again, and didn’t see it the way Arians did with his own two eyes. Nazarro has been with the NFL since 1999, and retired from his job as the chief of the Harrison, N.J. Fire Department in 2001.

Despite that experience, he wasn’t able to prevent what was a bit of a grease fire on a number of levels.

26 responses to “NFL admits Calais Campbell should have been flagged for Cam Newton hit

  1. Was a horribly officiated game… Once again, the NFL hold zero accountability towards its referees! For a multi billion dollar corporation, it is ran by buffoons!!!

  2. Cam loves to embarrass opponents when he wins and sulks like a little girl when he loses.

    The penalty should have been called. And even if Cam had a legitimate case ( doesn’t for the most part) he should have brought it up in private to the league like everyone else, not in a press conference wearing a clown suit.

    He is turning everyone against him and there is very little sympathy for him out there.

  3. That can’t possibly be true because we all know (Bruce Arians tells us every week), that the refs are out to get the Cards.

  4. So the NFL is a multi billion dollar business that doesn’t employ full time referees? That not only protect the games integrity but contribute to the overall product? Makes. Total. Sense

  5. The “Oops, our bad” defense for serious things but just make sure you don’t dance after TDs I think is starting to wear thin on NFL fans and players

  6. Penalties are killing the game, so it’s hard to get too upset when the refs miss one.
    So many great plays have been reversed this season because of penalties that when shown on replay, are such a ticky-tack variety as to be dumbfounding.

    Want to know why ratings are falling? It used to be you’d see a great play and you’d whoop and holler. Now you have to stop and wait and see if the play is going to be called back and, if not, then you can celebrate.

    Can’t imagine why that would hurt the game, can you?

  7. ……really, ANOTHER admission of being incompetent when officating the games?………when the games are tilted towards one teams favor, THATs when you lose the fans. Not watching the games if they’re rigged………

  8. the call wasn’t made on the low hit on palmer either. but i guess that doesn’t count, or the touchdown that wasn’t. but poor cammy needs to whine. next thing he will want is for refs to form a circle around him so he can have fun.

  9. so I guess now every sack or hit on a QB will now be an automatic review…lets stretch the game out longer and add a few more commercials!! wooohooo!!!

  10. Another week, another apology from the NFL over lousy officiating. Blandino: “Let’s go bury our heads in the sand until this blows over.”

  11. There is roughly 1100 to 1200 plays per weekend. There will be missed calls from time to time. It’s just part of pro sports. Heck it’s part of every level of sports. It’s always been that way and it will continue to be that way.

    Human error will always be part of competition. Nobody “likes it” but it’s always been there. That is where mental toughness enters the game. The ability to move on and over come.

    There was a lot less excuses, whining and crying back when the sport was a really rough sport to play. (pre 2000’s)

  12. dansardo says:
    Nov 1, 2016 11:10 AM

    Cam loves to embarrass opponents when he wins and sulks like a little girl when he loses.

    The penalty should have been called. And even if Cam had a legitimate case (doesn’t for the most part) he should have brought it up in private to the league like everyone else, not in a press conference wearing a clown suit.

    He is turning everyone against him and there is very little sympathy for him out there.
    _____
    I hate to rain on your hatred parade, but Camdid win. The score was Panthers 30, Cards 20.

    And why does he not have a case, for the most part? I know, he’s a “running QB,” so it’s perfectly acceptable to hit him helmet-to-helmet and roll into his knees while he’s standing in the pocket. Makes no difference if he’s standing in the pocket like a statue; he’s a “running QB” so he deserves whatever he gets, right?

    How do you know he hasn’t brought it up in private? Where is the diary/journal/log from the NFL office on Park Ave that details every conversation people in that office has had with players? Is it at your house, where you have looked through every page and determined that Cam has never mentioned the illegal hits “in private?”

    And what does his lousy wardrobe have to do with anything? Let me guess – if wears a black or navy suit with a plain red tie, with matching pocket square, no hat and black wing-tip shoes, then his complaints go from imaginary to real, right? I’m the biggest Cam fan outside of his blood relatives, and I can’t stand the crap he wears to pressers. But that’s his business and his choice. It has ZERO to do with anything that occurs during football games. ZERO.

  13. Yeah, how about that “forward pass fumble” that was never reviewed, even though all turnovers are supposed to be reviewed? You know, the one that the announcers were even complaining about that led to a TD that eventually turned the game into a two-score game instead of a one-score game.

  14. Bottom line…..Cam has had 0 accountability all the way back through his college days. He is like a little Braty kid on the field in a 6’5″ 250lb body. Common sense tells someone….have a little tact, be a little gracious, I’m the franchise QB. I have to play all these teams over and over so when I have success against them, enjoy it, and be respectful, so I don’t piss everyone off.

  15. Cam had played company ball long enough. After the disastrous Week 1 officiating debacle, he kept his head down, openly praised the officials, and said he trusted whatever needed to be fixed would be.

    Here we are, weeks later, and Cam is still struck more inside the pocket than any other passer and yet hasn’t gotten a roughing call in two years.

    At some point you have to stand up for yourself and he did. That used to be considered manly but I guess that standard doesn’t apply to people you’ve already determined you don’t like.

  16. The league could say this about four times for every team playing on Sunday. Total cave in for one player when we all know as fans just how bad the officiating has been this year.

  17. How is a 50/50 roughing the passer call getting more attention than the fact that fumble return for a TD should have an incomplete pass because the NFL could not review it? And it is not like it was garbage time TD – it was a big reason the game ended as it did. For a multi billion dollar business the NFL sure does have a lot amateur nuckleheads employed.

  18. It’s obvious to everybody, and especially the refs, that he feels entitled to those calls. Crying and whining about it constantly has the opposite of the intended effect. Case in point, week 1’s offsetting penalties.

    Also, 95% of football fans love seeing him get lit up without a flag.

    Can’t explain it, he just brings it out of people. He’s an entertainer.

  19. SSDD
    WWNFL intentionally puts its thumb on the scale for whatever team they are pushing for that day
    when caught
    oopsie
    sorry
    looks like we missed one…

    but dont complain…

  20. Ok now that that it settled. Let’s talk about the late hit on Tyrod Taylor out of bounds this week. Dan Fouts point blank how do you miss a call like that. Oh wait no one wants to talk about about that hit because 1 it isn’t Cam Newton. and 2 Taylor ain’t whining about it on national tv.

  21. Yes – I thought it was a penalty – the old Carson Palmer rule- dont keep trying to get to the QB if you are being taken down. Ok I guess we need to protect QB’s. I find it hard to believe that the flag wasnt thrown because Cam is such a whiner that the refs dont want to throw flags and have the players and coaches believe that overt whining pays off.

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