The Vikings were not pleased with the officials after Thursday night’s loss to the Cowboys.
Sam Bradford was hit on the helmet by Cowboys defensive tackle Cedric Thornton while throwing the ball away on an attempted game-tying two-point conversion, the kind of hit that often draws a roughing the passer penalty. But there was no flag.
Bradford immediately turned to referee Tony Corrente to point out he’d been hit but said after the game that Corrente told him that Thornton only touched his shoulder pad, not his facemask. Bradford may have been upset, but by far the most upset Viking was defensive end Brian Robison, who ripped the officiating.
“I’m just going to say it right now: I’m sick and tired of the reffing in this league,’’ Robison said. “I’m sick and tired of it. You’ve got holding calls all over the place that people don’t want to call it. Bradford gets hit in the face at the end of the game, and you don’t call it. I’m not laying this loss on reffing, but at some point it’s got to be better.’’
Robison said his anger toward the officiating has been building for several weeks and has now reached a boiling point. A lot of NFL fans are feeling that way.