Joe Haden “pissed” about officiating in Sunday’s game

AP

The Steelers are on the outside looking in at the AFC playoff picture after losing to the Saints on Sunday afternoon.

New Orleans rallied for the winning score in the fourth quarter with the help of a pass interference call on Steelers cornerback Joe Haden on a fourth down incompletion with two minutes left in the game. They’d score a few plays later and it was the second time that Haden was flagged for a questionable fourth down pass interference penalty in the game.

The other came on a pass to running back Alvin Kamara in the first half and those two calls loomed large in a 31-28 Saints win.

“It is what it is, man. It’s an offensive game. You can’t touch these guys,” Haden said, via ESPN.com. “At the same time, with the pushoff, they didn’t say anything about Michael [Thomas] pushing me off in the end zone for the last play. It’s just tough being a defensive back, but we gotta [play] — that’s what we do. It just sucks sometimes when those games, those plays are just so big and they’re weighed differently. And it can just make or break momentum and everything. So it’s very, very unfortunate and it sucks. I’m pissed. But next time I’ll try to make sure I can make those plays without getting the call.”

Haden wasn’t the only player or coach taking issue with late penalty calls in Sunday’s games and a “prominent NFL club official” told Peter King for Football Morning in America that there’s concern about “the volume of penalties that breaks up the game.”

“Everyone is at a loss,” the official said. “There is no consistency. The game is choppy. It’s obvious that something is broke. Teams, coaches, GMs are at a loss for what will be emphasized week to week. At the same time, officials feel like they have been betrayed by the league and no one has their back. I’ve been around this league for over 25 years. This is as bad as I have seen it.”

Haden and the Steelers would probably agree with that last sentiment.

33 responses to “Joe Haden “pissed” about officiating in Sunday’s game

  1. Get over it. Your team got some weak calls last week.
    Didn’t hear you complain then.

    To Your WR to hold on to the ball next time.

    Teams are know 0-5 the following week after winning their SB bs NE.

  2. Steelers always complaining….just like NE! Yet they never see the other side of the coin when THEY get away with these calls in less crucial middle of the season games! The week 7 game when Pittsburgh was in Cincinnati was a CLEAR pick play by Schuster-Smith…yet there was no call! DEAL WITH IT STEELER FANS…IT GOES BOTH WAYS.

  3. Does joe Haden want to talk about the Steelers holding Gronk all the way down the field on 4th down or Hightower being held on 3 and 9
    Shut up about the officials
    Your dumb coach called a fake punt, nice fumble by YOUR running back
    Stop crying, on 4th and 2 you held the guy with both hands up by his neck and pulled him down
    Watch the film
    ALL OFF SEASON

  4. The first step is admitting there’s a problem.
    I fail to understand how so many penalties go uncalled and so many bogus or borderline penalties get the flag. I saw Eagles QB Nick Foles almost get his head ripped off by a blatant facemask with a ref looking right at him and no call. Then, further into that game and others behind it I saw more phantom or non-calls than I could count on both hands.
    With all the technology available and a few rules tweaks, this problem can be 99% fixed.

  5. He want complaining the week before, when phantom interference was called against New England to set up the Steeler’s first score, but not called when he hacked Edelman before the ball arrived. and his team was benefitting from all of the holding calls…
    Was he pissed at the genius who called for a fake punt, while protecting a 4 point lead against the Saints?

  6. Tough loss for the Steelers. I was at the Pats/Steelers game the week before and couldn’t believe the number of calls against the Pats, 2 of which helped decide the outcome of the game. There certainly is something broken in the system when officials themselves can’t determine between pass interference and good defensive plays. The league continues to micromanage this aspect of the game to emphasize the offensive highlight reel, but the overall product is suffering.

    Oh, and Joe? The officials didn’t cause JuJu to fumble the ball at the end of the game or have Tomlin call a bad fake punt at a crucial point in the game.

  7. Yes, NFL officiating has been terrible for a while now. But let’s not overlook Mike Tomlin’s role in taking an incredibly talented team out of the playoffs.

    Remember Frank Schwab’s Yahoo article from Nov. 4 saying that, “Tomlin looks like a Hall of Famer?” Good times.

  8. Old friend Joe, I feel your pain. For years the NFL has virtually attempted to outlaw defense. I honestly don’t know how defensive players put up with it, all the slanted rules changes and interpretations of rules which make playing defense damn near impossible, I’d want to give up, especially if I were a defensive back. If the NFL could, I think it would have plays from the line of scrimmage with only an offense and no defense to ensure even more points are scored. The league treats defense as a speed bump on its way to reaching its apparent goal of having with NBA-like scores.

  9. Steeler WR’s benefit from the same rules. So, when your AB or JuJu is running through the secondary untouched, and your team is scoring, thats because of the same rules that work against you a defensive player.

  10. You mad about your coach having no confidence in the defense?
    Because going for that fake punt is pretty much the message Trippy was sending.

  11. there’s concern about “the volume of penalties that breaks up the game…but it does aid in the effort to increase scoring, which is what the nfl truly wants…

  12. Officiating reflects the style of play and the Steelers style, dating back to Hines Ward, is to play dirty. Man up or go sell cars, Joe. You lost to a much better team yesterday.

  13. browniesfansince1969 says:
    December 24, 2018 at 7:03 am
    Old friend Joe, I feel your pain. For years the NFL has virtually attempted to outlaw defense. I honestly don’t know how defensive players put up with it, all the slanted rules changes and interpretations of rules which make playing defense damn near impossible, I’d want to give up, especially if I were a defensive back. If the NFL could, I think it would have plays from the line of scrimmage with only an offense and no defense to ensure even more points are scored. The league treats defense as a speed bump on its way to reaching its apparent goal of having with NBA-like scores.

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    bears 15 rams 6. jax 6 colts 0. tenn 17 nyg 0. i dunno id say that yea, maybe early seasson scoring was up, but around crunch time, defenses let it hang out a lot more, and they let them play more d. it always evens out. stop making excuses. theres plenty of teams that can play defense. the steelers just werent one of them last night. i mean its 3rd and 19 4th quarter and ted ginns running free in the center of the field?

  14. Steelers’ fans, you really need to get some professional help. You’re unbelievably nasty to other fans and you whine about every single flag thrown against your team as if it’s part of some grand conspiracy. It’s time to take a good look at yourselves. When you’re chocking pregnant away team fans in the stadium and spewing vile all day and night at the refs, you know you have a problem. It’s embarassing to read about the things you do and say.

  15. As a Saints fan here those calls were definitely weak. Happy we won, but nobody can tell me we didn’t have things go our way with the officiating yesterday. The NFL must do something to fix the horrendous calls that are made, and not made all year long.

  16. That holding call, the officials need to explain how Haden touching Kamara’s back before the ball sailed over their heads interfered in any way, when people say the “fix is in” during certain games that one made beleive it’s true

  17. the official said. “There is no consistency”

    >>>YEP and you can thank your ref buddy Gene Steratore for that! Ever since he made that HORRIBLE “no catch” call on Megatron(which I would have fired him for immediately if I were head of referees) where he went totally rouge from anything the rulebook said and made up his own rule and then he wasn’t even disiplined by the league, so now all of you refs just seem to make up your own rules or have your own version of what “YOU THINK” the rule is or should be and the NFL is doing absolutely NOTHING ABOUT IT which is making it even worse!!!

    The NFL needs to have mandatory classes for these refs to teach them exactly what DPI/OPI, holding, etc. is and also lay down some hefty fines, suspensions and firings for repeated bad calls for those that drift from the parameters laid out in the rulebook/classes!

    OH and one other thing, STOP wasting our/your time with “off-setting penalties” and just pick-up the flags and move on, there’s no sense in wasting two to five minutes on penalties that offset each other!

    BIG fines for bad calls, HUGE fines or firing for repeated bad calls because like I always say no one understands more than when you hit them where it hurts the most “IN THE WALLET” and if they still don’t “GET IT” it’s because you aren’t fining them enough!!!!!!!

  18. The Saints were flagged for three holding calls that were significant in the game but were obvious calls. Yet, the Steelers were not flagged for any holding calls throughout the game and there were several that were significant.

    The Steelers had their three defensive pass interference calls and the Saints had their two pass interference call with a third as an illegal contact. I found this was even and fair.

    The Steelers can’t just point out two or three penalties and say that that affected their win. What about the ones on the Saints side that would have kept drives going? The Steelers couldn’t stop the Saints offense. The Saints have a very good pass-rush but you didn’t really see that because the Saints kept getting held by the Steelers offensive lineman which then exposes the mediocre Saints secondary. The Steelers lost because of two costly turnovers, a failed fake punt, and a non-existent run game.

  19. No dog in this fight whatsoever, but the Saints were gifted that win by the officials and if Saints fans don’t admit it, they’ve been consuming too many hurricanes.

  20. Ridley and JUJU Fumbled the ball away is what cost the Steelers from winning the game but I will say the call on Haden was the WORST call I ever seen. And that wasn’t the only call gifted to the home field saints. Refs should be suspended.

  21. I didn’t notice a ‘gift’ to the Saints. They beat a decent team at home by scoring more points. Simple!

  22. Anyone watching could see this was a terribly officiated game.
    Another in a long list of games where the officiating has played
    a key role in the outcome of important games.

    This needs to be fixed, or it will begin to smell like a fix.

  23. It’s so easy. Call all the PI you want, but make sure you call all the holding by offensive linemen. And I mean every single time. This is the only way to fix the game.

  24. As a Steelers fan, it is….. irritating to see bad calls that directly lead to the opposing team scoring points or not turning over the ball on downs. However, if those were the only problems this year, we’d still be in good shape. Too many missed kicks, horrible interceptions, and bad coaching decisions are the real reason we are where we are. We’ll just have to see how it plays out.

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