Ben Roethlisberger didn’t think Myles Garrett should have been flagged for hit

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The NFL has acknowledged that Browns pass rusher Myles Garrett was wrongly flagged for a hit on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and Roethlisberger himself says he agrees Garrett didn’t deserve a penalty. But despite getting that gift, Roethlisberger wasn’t happy with the officiating on Sunday.

Specifically, Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan, he couldn’t believe that the officials didn’t give the Steelers the ball after an apparent Browns muffed punt. And Roethlisberger says he doesn’t see why the league admitted a mistake that helped the Steelers but isn’t admitting a mistake that helped the Browns.

I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it,” Roethlisberger said of Garrett’s hit. “I wasn’t upset about it. I was surprised that they [penalized Garrett] but I wasn’t gonna go crazy about it. It just — I don’t understand, why’s the NFL have to come out and say that? They sure as heck didn’t come out and say that the ball did hit the guy in the head on the punt. Do they have to come out and every call that they make wrong in games, do they come out and say it? So I don’t understand why [on] that play particularly they had to come out and say they were wrong. They review plays, and I thought the point of reviewing plays was to get it right. That ball hit that guy’s helmet on that punt. It was crazy.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also was unhappy about the replay. If the call had gone the Steelers’ way, they would have had the ball near midfield with a 14-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Instead, the Browns took the ball, scored twice, and the game ended tied.

24 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger didn’t think Myles Garrett should have been flagged for hit

  1. Big Ben and Coach Tomlin,

    Here is the distinction: Garrett’s penalty involved a rule change, so it is important to educate everyone on what is and what is not a penalty. The muffed punt did not involve a rule change and would not need clarification.

    Make sense?

  2. “Big Ben and Coach Tomlin,

    Here is the distinction: Garrett’s penalty involved a rule change, so it is important to educate everyone on what is and what is not a penalty. The muffed punt did not involve a rule change and would not need clarification.”

    I’d like an explanation on the muffed punt because review clearly shows the ball changing direction, midair as it passes Chubb’s helmet. Not to mention the fact that a ref on the sidelines called it a fumble and yet it somehow ended up not being on on the field and the review, which showed it contacting a Browns player, was insufficient to overturn.
    So yes, an explanation would be beneficial.

  3. Or why they missed a clear peel back block on Dupree right in front of the ref, that srpung Taylor on a long run. Or the helmet hit on Taylor in the first quarter by Watt that was actually a clean hit with his shoulder.

    That officiating in the game was atrocious but the Myles Garrett penalty was only one of a handful of really bad calls/non calls that affected the game. Yet they only “correct” one.

  4. Nick Payton says:
    September 12, 2018 at 9:30 am
    Doug pederson > belichick

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    You are trying too hard son

  5. Was Rothlesberger attended by a Dr. during the interview? Did he talk about his heroic effort to overcome the pain in his elbow? Those are the true questions he needed to answer.

  6. Ben should have been flagged for his five turnovers (three INTs and two fumbles). Maybe he should concentrate on that instead of whining about the officiating.

  7. I read his comments as “the bad/questionable calls that benefit my team are fine and no need to discuss, but the bad/questionable calls that benefit my opponents are not fine and we need to hash those out.”

    Football is a 60 minute game.

  8. That penalty cost the Browns the game. Without it, the score would have been 17 – 21 Browns assuming Boswell didn’t miss yet another kick. As for the punt, the ball didn’t hit anyone’s helmet so quit whining Little Ben you’re lucky the refs gifted you a tie instead of the usual undeserved win.

  9. That penalty cost the Browns the game. Without it, the score would have been 17 – 21 Browns assuming Boswell didn’t miss yet another kick. As for the punt, the ball didn’t hit anyone’s helmet so quit whining Little Ben you’re lucky the refs gifted you a tie instead of the usual undeserved win.

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    Only 1 team has never won a game after being given 6 TOs, 2018 Cleveland Browns. Good teams being handed the ball 6 TOs usually put up 40+ points. The Browns struggled to 21. Give me a break.

  10. I think the reason the league announces some mistakes and not all is based on whether they receive inquiries about said mistakes. Perhaps the Browns asked for an explanation and the Steelers simply didn’t.

  11. “That penalty cost the Browns the game. Without it, the score would have been 17 – 21 Browns assuming Boswell didn’t miss yet another kick. As for the punt, the ball didn’t hit anyone’s helmet so quit whining Little Ben you’re lucky the refs gifted you a tie instead of the usual undeserved win”

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    Well, to be fair, the muffed punt could have won the Steelers the game. The officiating seemed bad to me from both sides. Garrett’s hit was called as per the rule but the rule is mindbogglingly stupid, so I agree with both Garrett and Roethlisberger here.

  12. I hate when people complain about officiating. Calls are missed on both sides every week, every game, every team. What happened is over. The game is final.cimplaining is just that, complaining.

  13. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 12, 2018 at 11:30 am
    Nick Payton says:
    September 12, 2018 at 9:30 am
    Doug pederson > belichick
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    Lol, Petersen isnt even the best NFL coach in Pennsylvania.
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    Well who is? Franklin, cause its sure not that idiot that was handed a superbowl team, got 1 title and basically wasted all of bens prime…

  14. The problem with Ben’s logic is if you think you saw the ball hit the Browns player in the replay you’d be wrong. If you said you didn’t see the ball hit the Browns player in the replay, you’d also be wrong.

    That means the ruling on the field stands. So the call was correct. “I think I saw a player flinch” is not the same as “I saw a ball physically strike a player” 99.9% of people flinch if a projectile is heading toward them whether they get hit or not.

  15. jman967 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 10:34 am

    “Big Ben and Coach Tomlin,

    Here is the distinction: Garrett’s penalty involved a rule change, so it is important to educate everyone on what is and what is not a penalty. The muffed punt did not involve a rule change and would not need clarification.”

    I’d like an explanation on the muffed punt because review clearly shows the ball changing direction, midair as it passes Chubb’s helmet. Not to mention the fact that a ref on the sidelines called it a fumble and yet it somehow ended up not being on on the field and the review, which showed it contacting a Browns player, was insufficient to overturn.
    So yes, an explanation would be beneficial.

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    You explained it pretty well. Say it in the mirror next time, and you’ll be covered.

  16. Chris Guest says:
    September 12, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Only 1 team has never won a game after being given 6 TOs, 2018 Cleveland Browns. Good teams being handed the ball 6 TOs usually put up 40+ points. The Browns struggled to 21. Give me a break.
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    By that logic, good teams don’t get dominated by a Browns defense. Let’s see what happens in the second meeting because this Browns defense is already at +13 turnover ratio including preseason. (yes, preseason counts when it’s the 3rd game against the Super Bowl Champs)

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