Rex Ryan: “Ridiculous” officiating hurt the Bills

AP

Bills coach Rex Ryan was steaming after last night’s loss to the Seahawks, saying that the officiating mistakes at the end of the first half hurt his team.

“Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous,” Ryan said. “It was wrong.”

As the Bills lined up for a field goal just before halftime, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman jumped offside and drilled kicker Rob Carpenter. Sherman was flagged for offside, but not for unnecessary roughness, which the NFL has since admitted should have been called. The officials further botched the matter by calling the Bills for delay of game after the officials were late getting the ball on the field, which the NFL has again admitted shouldn’t have happened.

“It’s clear what happened. The guy roughed our kicker. Jumps offside and roughs our kicker, and then because we had to go out and attend to him because it wasn’t called roughing the kicker, we had to spike the ball,” Ryan said. “Then, of course, they’ve got to put the K-ball out there and they don’t reset the clock. So from an officiating standpoint I think you can do a little better than that.

After Sherman had an interception later in the game, he and Ryan had words, which Ryan said were both because of the hit on Carpenter and because Sherman was glaring at him and others on the Bills’ sideline.

“He is mean-mugging like he’s doing,” Ryan said. “The guy is a great player. . . . It was a ridiculous play. Then he is over on the sideline basically taunting us. So I had some words. I think I said that ‘you’re too good a player to act like an ass.’ I think that’s what I said.”

114 responses to “Rex Ryan: “Ridiculous” officiating hurt the Bills

  1. There’s no reason for Sherman to act like a punk. And there’s no reason to make such horrible mistakes. Carpenter made a field goal that got called back because the refs messed up AGAIN on the same play! Wonder why viewership is down? Officials at the game are inconsistent at best and horrible at worst. Time to let young guys and technology take over for the old men who clearly can’t do their job any more.

  2. OHHHH BOOO FRICKING HOO!!! Rex when you act like an Ass,, sometimes karma will come kick your big fat Ass….you completely disrespect every player, team and coach,,you act like a junior high coach,,,you show no professionalism nor maturity ….grow up…

  3. IF a player touches the ball it can’t be roughing. It looked like he did touch the ball.

    Delay of game was terrible call.

    Sherman needs to just play but in the replay it looked like Rex said something first, but maybe not.

  4. We’re talking about 3 points at the end of the 1st half. An entire half yet to be played and this is what cost the Bills the game? The interception had a bigger impact on the outcome.

  5. Yes, that was a ridiculous call at the end of the first half. However so wasn’t Ryan’s coaching.

  6. Bill Parcells used to say give a team an excuse to lose and they’ll take it. Rexy’s given his team more excuses than the rest of the teams combined.

  7. Even though Sherman was offside, he didn’t drill into his knees intentionally. Kicker initiated the contact by kicking the ball and hitting his knee on Sherman’s back. He overacted and have to pay the price.

  8. This may be a first, but I agree with Rex on this one. No wonder viewing is down. Too many commercial breaks, too many penalties, and too many bad (or non-calls) that have an affect on the outcome of the game.
    As a Patriots fan, I am NO fan of Roger GODdell (not a misspelling) and trends that have been evident the past few years in his N(o) F(un) L(eague). I won’t even get into the way he arbitrarily meets out discipline!

  9. not a Rex fan, but amen….sadly after the Panthers-Lightning hockey game I turned on Walt Anderson making a fool of himself….Sherman is a tool box….that was pathetic….and to not call it, when the Steelers were called for roughing the kicker the day before on an absolutely bs call, my head was spinning….

    exhibit number 5,678, 321 why people are turning the NFL off

    and of course not resetting the game clock….i have heard of the 12th man, but now it’s like 20 counting the refs…what a joke

  10. No one gets away with more between the lines than Seattle but this game was over the top. The field goal fiasco was just the cherry on top of a true crap sundae. NFL = WWE

  11. I am trying something new this year. I have been watching my favorite team amd forgetting about the rest of the nfl games. I know I am sick of the refs and the nfl as a whole. Its time for me to move on with my life

  12. The game last night was awesome. Seattle played better and deserved to win. Russell Wilson made some great throws. The Bills’ QB couldn’t make the winning plays when he had to. The players and the refs are all humans. None are perfect. The players are making 20 times the money the refs are making, so they’re my major concern.

  13. The NFL deserves everything it gets for criticism today and on. Then again, maybe this is part of their newest marketing ploy to keep people interested since the overall quality of play does not seem to do it any longer: Controversy sells!

  14. For some reason…Seattle seems to get all the calls in prime time….maybe just a coincidence, but always seems to be controversy.

    Buffalo??? Wasn’t this the same team that was chirping up a strom after beating NE who didn’t have Brady , Gronk and many others?

    No sympathy for Rexy…he is the master of talk in offseason, never, ever backs it up…and is really nothing more than a sideshow seeking attention.

    But he does have legit gripe

  15. Hey Owners, this is why the ratings are down. The fans can no longer trust that the game is on the level. All the while Nero is fiddling and spouting about Integrity of the game.

  16. Outside of Seahawk fanboys, are there any people that think the officials last night were anything better than awful?
    Thumbs up = last night’s officials stunk
    Thumbs down = last night’s officials were average or better.

  17. That’s life in Buffalo, Wrecks. It’s one losing story after another.

    Get used to it or get out.

  18. Officiating didn’t help but the bills did have the ball for 40+ minutes and we’re still outscored by 6 by the seahawks who had it for only 19 minutes, didn’t get it done in the red zone.

  19. “Hmmm, I could watch the game, but it will probably be marred by some horrible officiating blunder, or political talk that I’m sick of, or awful sloppy play”. Guess it was the first option, this time.

  20. Man there are going to be more refs than players at the Seahawks summer picnic next year.

  21. It’s okay Rex, you won the offseason!

    Season over Bills….

    See you next June , July and August for your championship run!

    #billsmafiaislame

  22. When you make Rex look like the sympathetic one, you know you screwed up big time. Yeah, that’s you Walt Anderson. You should be suspended for one game and kept out of the playoffs. “Ridiculous” is an understatement. I’m a Patriots fans who usually roots against the Bills, but after that, I wanted the Bills to win. They were jobbed by the NFL and its crappy officials.

  23. 2nd Graham TD didn’t appear to be a TD…yet didn’t get much of a review. Obvious TD’s get reviewed for minutes, this one was reviewed for 10 seconds. Then the end of the half fiasco…no wonder no one watches anymore.

  24. It will be even more outrageous when Goodell fines Ryan for commenting about the officiating.

  25. With the exception of that female ref awarding a phantom ball in the scrum to the Ravens while Duke stood beside her holding the football, that was the worst officiating I’ve seen all year. Someone didn’t want the Bills to win in Seattle.

  26. If you watched the play, Sherman reached in and touched the ball before he collided with the kicker. If you’re trying to block a kick and successfully connect with the ball, then any contact with the kicker is not considered unnecessary roughness. The mistake was the officials for not stopping the play.

  27. Officiating has become too influential in the outcome of games. Especially penalties, or lack there of, relying on the judgement of the Official. The end of the 1st half of last night’s game was a classic example of that influence.

  28. Reality is the game was lost because Carpenter missed two fairly standard field goal attempts. But because of how things played out, he will end up getting a pass.

  29. Obviously Im not Bills fan but a fan of the game ….with that said I thought the whole sequence was goofy and the Bills got ripped off…….The officiating is getting worse and worse with absolutely no consistency…yet they get a weekly pass by announcing Tuesday am…” we made an error”….its not acceptable anymore

  30. Oh my, could the refs have screwed the Bills any more than they did?? I do not blame Rex Ryan one bit for being furious! That could have easily changed the outcome of that game, and I’m not a fan of either team. It looked like the Keystone Cops officiating that game……

  31. The little Ryan boys should be thankful for the ref mistakes. Cause those overshadowed the many that they made coaching this team throughout the game. Those ref mistakes probably extended their jobs for another season as the Pegulas will probably credit them with a win. But the reality is that they lost it many times over.
    Maybe next time, Rex should forget about the World Series and work with defensive coordinators on their game plan a little more.

  32. Unbelievable. I’m about done with this bs. Every year, every fing year… If you put together all the bs calls, phantom PI calls against Buff over the past few years, any other team would have a case. But we’ve kept our mouths shut for fear of looking like poor losers. But Pete Carroll and the Seahawks players whine and moan after every single call like they are being treated unfairly!!! Over all the game changing (losing) calls we’ve seen over the years, this was the worst. The roughing the kicker call aside, the delay of game call was the most egregious! How could they not have noticed what happened and given us the points??? Both teams were playing full speed. It just doesnt make sense. And then the PI on the last play, on Woods and Powell!! Again, how many times have we seen less get called on Buff and directly resulted in a lose. Its just sad, this was a Bills W. Small market Bills gets the blatant shaft again. We had two obvious game changing plays that were influenced by the refs to go the other way. When we overcame it all and still were going to win on the last play of the game, the refs said no and overlooked two PI calls in the end zone. I know it looks bad to point fingers at the refs, but maybe it’s time Pegula and Rex start doing it. Pete Carroll does it, Cam Newton does it and people listen.

  33. I stopped watching the NBA when I thought the Refs where dictating the plays/ outcomes of games back in the ’80s, never watched since…… Take note NFL

  34. Watching any high profile NFL game anymore is like watching profession wrestling…full of drama with very little actual sportS competition. The refs don’t call obvious infractions because of the media play rewards that go through the roof and continue for weeks, months, years to come. No such thing as bad press for the NFL!
    Every week there are games rife with officiating “snafus” and mysterious technical glitches that cannot be reviewed or reversed but have game changing effects. The Owners have the ability to remedy this situation but choose not to, because, as in professional wrestling, the more outrageous, the more profitable the box office.

  35. If the officiating in the NFL is bad enough to make Rex Ryan appear reasonable, it is time for full-time officials.

  36. I actually find the refs delaying the game worse than the missed penalty. OK, a penalty is a judgment call, they got it blatantly wrong but we’ve seen that before. But how do they take so long getting the correct ball out there and not adjust the play clock? “Wait…wait…OK now you can snap, oh sorry delay of game”. I’m glad I’m not a Bills fan or I would have lost it.

  37. Stop of you’ve heard this before, poor officiating leads to Seahawks win…. Just the normal annual give em game to the Seahawks so they can stay relevant and the NFL can make money off them. That’s two this year already, got to make sure they make the playoffs huh Roger?

  38. It actually did. Would of been a 3 point game is the shortened field goal is made, rather than a 6 point game.

  39. There is now zero doubt that the NFL and their officials will literally do anything to help Seattle win games. Let me guess – the annoying HC believes his team deserved to win and the annoying CB somehow found a way to complain about the officiating. Sherman knew he was offsides and still tried to end that kickers career. What a scum bag. #FailMary #IllegalBatting #RoughingThePasser #PassInterference

  40. You know what sucks more than Doug Pederson’s play calling, Chip Kelly’s management of personnel, and Roger Goodell’s public image… Answer: NFL Officiating

  41. The play before the half was a cluster****, but that seems to be par for the course when it comes to part time refs. Instead of enjoying this win we now have to hear whining about the officiating. Which was horrible on both sides BTW.

  42. So Ryan blames Sherman but Rexy started jawing earlier and the missed field goal was 50% incompetence on him for letting the clock expire after a minute of players standing around.

    But yeah, blame those refs.

  43. Rex you failed to mention the missed calls that helped your team like McCoy out of bounds and first to catch the ball on the last TD drive and the questionable no call on the almost TD catch by Kearse when your DB was grabbing an arm when the ball got there. The refs missed a lot of calls on both sides that FG mess was in the first half you had plenty of time to win.

  44. Normally, these kinds of comments from a coach make me think that they’re making excuses. I could not care any less about the Bills, but they got absolutely screwed. I don’t blame him at all on this. Those were some of the most ridiculous calls I’ve ever seen. I don’t know what the refs could possibly have been looking at to miss the roughing call. There need to be real consequences for this reffing crew. That game should have been going into overtime, and they directly affected the outcome to hurt one team unfairly.

  45. The final play of the game was egregious. Sherman completely decks the Bills receiver and the refs (as they typically do in these types of situations) swallowed the whistle. Especially when its in front of a pumped-up home crowd like Seattle. Refs not only lack a basic understanding of the rules, they also lack courage.

  46. I’m not a Bills or Hawks fan, but doesn’t it seem like over the last 3 yrs or so the Hawks are getting a lot of these dubious situations goin in their favor? Certainly way more than goes against them.

  47. I just watched a replay of the field goal fiasco before half – Even though I still think it was cheap shot by Sherman , NO whistle blew until he’s well into his block – so whatever we feel about how bad a call it was – the officials let it happen…I agree with Rex it’s just” ridiculous”

  48. Rex is a loud-mouthed buffoon, but he was absolutely right on this one. Absolutely ridiculous. Even substitute refs would have called that and not botched the ball. The refs looked like key-stone cops. It may have cost them the game.

    Pro F/T refs, PLEASE!

  49. Every week another PR nightmare for the NFL. Officiating is embarrassing. Player conduct for many is embarrassing. Goodell is embarrassing ( among other things). The NFL is self destructing in front of us on all fronts.

  50. The game was poorly officiated. Bottom line. Time for full time officials, to be full time employees. That way they can be fired if they do a poor job

  51. NFL had the chance to install goal line cameras in every stadium which would have definitively determined whether TDs were scored; even the God himself, Bill Belichick advocated for it and the NFL said no…. bottom line is this…. the NFL benefits, AND WANTS the controversy brought on by bad calls, etc… in the sense it gets 24 hours coverage on talk radio, ESPN, etc… NFL doesn’t want full-time referees…. they want exactly what they have….

  52. The NFL needs to realize that fans like football, not specific teams other than their own. Therefore STOP FIXING CERTAIN GAMES !!! we all saw Lockett step out at midfield even some of the players seemed to see it and stop

  53. Amazing that the officiating in the NFL is so outrageous. This is wrong and will impact the season for two teams.

    And they want to know why viewership is dropping? Let’s see with inconsistent calls on the field, ridiculous player suspensions, not being able to clearly understaned what a completed pass is, the league more interested in expansion of games and venue ALL to generate more profit at the expense of the short playing careers in the NFL. Good job Goodell.

  54. It will be even more “ridiculous” when Goodell fines Ryan for complaining about the officiating.

  55. Mark Cuban told us all a few years ago that the NFL was going to get too big and power hungry and the product would suffer as a result. A lot of pundits said he was wrong and crazy.

  56. I think the complaining is more of a reflection on those doing the complaining. Remember how we complained about the replacement refs and couldn’t wait to get these guys back on the field? I’ll bet anything that the ones complaining the loudest are the same ones who gave these refs a standing ovation when they came back to work after the replacement refs left. We just love to complain. I guess that makes us feel smart. Has anyone ever been to a sporting event in their lives and seen perfect refereeing? Has anyone ever had a perfect co-worker? Has anyone ever seen a perfect human? Geez people. Get a life.

  57. Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League

    What a vile collection of incompetent buffoons and vermin are running the league these days

  58. My wife who bet (family pool) on the bills used language that would make a sailor blush over some of those calls.
    Calls I agreed were terrible at best.

    Have to say I do agree with analyst that Tyrod T is the real deal and they have a solid QB in place now to go with that defense and run game.

    Seattle aint the team it used to be on offense or defense and are vulnerable and the Bills will be contenders in the playoffs to not overlook.

  59. largentthanlife says:
    Nov 8, 2016 6:19 AM
    We’re talking about 3 points at the end of the 1st half. An entire half yet to be played and this is what cost the Bills the game?
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    If the call was made correctly the Bills would have been down 3 and kicking an easily makeable FG to force OT as time ran out.

  60. Goodell is so disgusting…. this was the first actual fun primetime game to watch this year and it was marred by the enormous FIX job. Great work NFL. Seahawks have been gifted at least two wins this year

  61. .

    That Sherman look was the funniest thing I ever seen, he gave him the same stare down as Chapelle did in the Skit with Prince.
    GAME! Blouses…

  62. .
    another Bad call was the last play of the game,
    Tyrod was running and out of the pocket, that was a TACKLE not a sack!
    Lost my fantasy game on that last play cuz it was incorrectly called a sack.

  63. I hate the Bills obviously as you can tell by my screen name. That said, they got bent over by the officials last night it reminded me of their game against the Broncos in the 2014 season.

  64. immafubared says:
    Nov 8, 2016 10:02 AM
    the Bills will be contenders in the playoffs to not overlook.

    ————

    Playoffs? Are you serious? The Bills aren’t going to be making it to the playoffs……

  65. largentthanlife says:
    Nov 8, 2016 6:19 AM
    We’re talking about 3 points at the end of the 1st half. An entire half yet to be played and this is what cost the Bills the game? The interception had a bigger impact on the outcome.

    __________________

    Hmm 6 point game at the end of the game with Buffalo having the ball deep in the red zone. So if you believe that those missed 3 points didn’t play a huge impact, then you’re just proving that you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

  66. It’s 11 am and I still can’t stop thinking about what happened last night. Rex must be losing his mind right now. Yea, you can point to the bad secondary play, or the stupid penalties, but Bills were poised to overcome all that, and take the W. But the outcome was predetermined and the refs had to make it happen. Woods and Powell both were interfered with in the end zone, but somehow both got overlooked??? Every year I lose more interest in watching the team that I’ve put so much time and heart into following. I can handle when they legitimately play terrible, but it’s far too often dictated by officiating. I’m getting tired of it. How many phantom PI calls did we get called for last year and the Orton year?

  67. The refs and the NFL have their favorites, what was clearly demonstrated again last night. I’ve quit watching for the most part. Reruns of Andy Griffith and the cooking Channel are far more entertaining.

  68. The Sherman play at the end is 100% legal, but it’s kind of in the unintended consequences of a rule category. The contact rule is really in place so that a defender can shed a potential block and go after a scrambling QB.

    However, since it’s been put in place, it’s used more for shoving guys off routes, free shots, and blocking a guy OB to render him ineligible.

    Kind of the problem with most NFL rules, they are made for one aspect of the game…but fail in others. Sort of like the “going to the ground” rule. It was a rule intended to make things easier on things like the toe drag sideline and back of end zone catches. It’s the perfect rule for that situation, not so much for the plays in the middle of the field where it just added more room for interpretation.

  69. largentthanlife says:
    Nov 8, 2016 6:19 AM
    We’re talking about 3 points at the end of the 1st half. An entire half yet to be played and this is what cost the Bills the game? The interception had a bigger impact on the outcome.
    ___________________________________

    Those 3 points that were robbed from Buffalo because of terrible officiating would have brought the score to 28-31… since Buffalo ended the game in the red zone it would have given them the opportunity to kick a field goal and tie the game bringing it to overtime. So those 3 points would have made a huge difference. There was a couple of calls that either should have or shouldn’t have been called last night… terrible job done by the officials. Hopefully the league takes notice.

  70. Buffalo and Rex Ryan let an officiating call disrupt their game. They deserved to lose. Rex should be fined by the league for his taunting of Sherman. Poor sportsmanship.

  71. taeh324 says:
    Nov 8, 2016 10:39 AM
    largentthanlife says:
    Nov 8, 2016 6:19 AM
    We’re talking about 3 points at the end of the 1st half. An entire half yet to be played and this is what cost the Bills the game? The interception had a bigger impact on the outcome.

    __________________

    Hmm 6 point game at the end of the game with Buffalo having the ball deep in the red zone. So if you believe that those missed 3 points didn’t play a huge impact, then you’re just proving that you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.
    =========================
    I’m not so sure he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Carpenter had two opportunities to kick that field goal. He missed twice. They were long field goals, yes, but within his range. He hit one at 60 yds before.
    And then to imply that the Seahawks would have played the Bills the same way on the game ending drive kinda speaks to your narrow minded understanding. Every team uses a different setup when defending a touchdown lead vs a fieldgoal lead. Who knows what that outcome would have been.
    Besides, the Bills controlled the ball for over 40 minutes of the game and had 150 more total yards. They are just not a disciplined enough team under the Ryan lads.
    Badly refereed game? Yes. Poorly coached Bills? Yes. Own it Rex and Rob. This loss was totally on you.

  72. rootpain says:
    Nov 8, 2016 12:40 PM
    taeh324 says:
    Nov 8, 2016 10:39 AM
    largentthanlife says:
    Nov 8, 2016 6:19 AM
    We’re talking about 3 points at the end of the 1st half. An entire half yet to be played and this is what cost the Bills the game? The interception had a bigger impact on the outcome.

    __________________

    Hmm 6 point game at the end of the game with Buffalo having the ball deep in the red zone. So if you believe that those missed 3 points didn’t play a huge impact, then you’re just proving that you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.
    =========================
    I’m not so sure he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Carpenter had two opportunities to kick that field goal. He missed twice. They were long field goals, yes, but within his range. He hit one at 60 yds before.
    And then to imply that the Seahawks would have played the Bills the same way on the game ending drive kinda speaks to your narrow minded understanding. Every team uses a different setup when defending a touchdown lead vs a fieldgoal lead. Who knows what that outcome would have been.
    Besides, the Bills controlled the ball for over 40 minutes of the game and had 150 more total yards. They are just not a disciplined enough team under the Ryan lads.
    Badly refereed game? Yes. Poorly coached Bills? Yes. Own it Rex and Rob. This loss was totally on you.

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    Yup. The point is most of the complainers are saying the refs cost the Bills the game. If no mistakes were made at the end of the first half and the rest of the game played out exactly as it did it (likely) goes to OT. Then anything could happen, MAYBE even a Bills win. Considering we’re talking about 3 points at the end of the first half, using that as THE reason they lost is a stretch.

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    zibet says:
    Nov 8, 2016 10:11 AM
    FIX !!! why is no one talking about Lockett clearly stepping out at midfield??

    ———————-

    No one is talking about Lockett stepping out at midfield because it was reviewed and the ball was spotted correctly.

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