Sean Payton: We can’t control poor officiating or “an awful call like that”

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As hard as Al Riveron tried to whitewash that his officials blew it (again!) against the Saints, a blown call is a blown call is a blown call.

Lost in the Rams’ 27-9 victory over the Saints was Walt Anderson and his crew denying New Orleans an 87-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Saints instead were awarded the ball at their own 13. They never did score a touchdown.

The Saints obviously have bigger worries with quarterback Drew Brees missing most of the game with a right thumb injury, but the officiating mistake did not go unnoticed by New Orleans. It marks the third consecutive game a major officiating error went against them, including the NFC Championship Game in January.

“You can’t focus. . .,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “When we get poor officiating or we get an awful call like that, we can’t control that. Our focus this week is going to be on cleaning up the penalties and making sure we got the right guys on the field, too.”

Payton got his dig in, and defensive end Cameron Jordan did, too. Jordan was the player who picked up the loose ball and ran to the end zone for what should have given the Saints a 10-3 lead midway through the second quarter.

“You say a touchdown got taken away,” Jordan said, via Amie Just of the The Advocate. “I didn’t even hear the whistle. I grabbed the ball, 15, 20 yards down the field. Allegedly, a whistle was blown. Clearly, I mean, a whistle was blown. Normally, you let the play happen. Any Foot Locker — I mean, referee — usually tells you, you let the play happen and then you go back and review the play.”

That’s exactly what Riveron said should have happened, though in answering three questions from a pool reporter, the NFL’s supervisor of officials never directly admits a mistake.

“We tell our referees when in doubt to let it play out,” Riveron said in the pool report. “If it is an incomplete pass, we can always come back and make it an incomplete pass. In this situation, as it occurs here, the most we can do is give the ball to the defense. But we cannot, by rule, give them the advance. All we can do is give them the ball at the spot of the clear recovery.”

78 responses to “Sean Payton: We can’t control poor officiating or “an awful call like that”

  1. What is it with these guys? Grow up, be a man and take some ownership for your performance. Everyone gets bad calls and championship-caliber teams overcome. Could it possibly you just aren’t that goo with your 57 year old QB, 140 pound RB and a porous defense?

  2. This is happening more and more to a lot of teams. Its as if the refs can control the out come of the game with a few bad calls… When is the NFL going to have full time refs ? I know a banker in Seattle that is an NFL ref….

  3. 1. We can’t know if it would have been a touchdown if the whistle hadn’t blown since players hold up once they hear a whistle. That’s the whole point of having to put the ball back.

    2. Unless that touchdown would have counted for 18 points, it didn’t effect the winner of the game.

    3. Former NFL referee Gene Steratore tweeted that the contact with Goff should have been called Roughing the Passer, and if he’s right (he would know), it’s the Rams who got hosed. Should have been fumble wiped out, half the distance to the goal and automatic first down for the Rams.

    But I suppose if Saints fans want to keep embarrassing themselves, knock yourselves out.

  4. Payton loves to cry. Belichick would have said “If we had made a few more plays earlier, we wouldn’t have been in that position for that play to effect us.”

    A bad coach gives his players excuses, a great one never does…

  5. So let’s see what we have here. Three Nationally shown NFL game has three major errors based on rules, not judgement call, blown. All under Riveron’s leadership. Something has to be done so on a national stage your employees don’t look incompetent. The NFL should pay any amount to replace Riveron with Mike Pereira.

  6. Sean Payton is right about that play! But is he implying that the game result would somehow have been different, that maybe the Saints would’ve actually beaten the Rams?! Or is it yet another feeble attempt by this losing coach to distract us from the blatantly obvious reality that his team was soundly beaten? C’mon, Sean Payton. You know that we know better than that. C’mon, man.

  7. Payton has the patience of a Saint (pun intended). The officials are just not getting it done. It hurts the game and exasperates the fans. Three games in a row, major screw-ups. You’d think that Goodell would have put a bug in the officiating office: DO NOT SCREW UP AT SAINTS GAMES.

    Pathetic.

  8. Drew is one of the 5 best QBs of all time. He is amazing, but it’s hard not to look at his career and feel like he left one or two super bowl trophies on the table. Goes to show you how many things have to go right to win it all. Unless you sell your souls like the Pats obviously have.

  9. Both officiating crews from this game and the Bears/broncos game should be suspended for at least a week bad calls in most games but these two crews were the worst….

  10. Nope. Watched the replay, and while it was close – razor-thin-margin close – Goff’s arm was hit, which caused the ball to fly off at an odd angle as his arm moved forward. But it was Goff’s arm that propelled the ball forward, not the Saints hit.

    So, more Saints crying over something that didn’t decide the game (and wasn’t even an incorrect call, in this case).

    That they got away with clear roughing the passer on the play – echoing the non-calls for that in the NFC Championship game – further undermines their case.

  11. The more Payton whines, the more glad I am that the Saints locked him into another contract so he won’t be at risk of going to the team I follow (Cowboys). Say what you will about the Dallas regime, they don’t whine like the insufferable Saints, and I respect that.

  12. No qb and penalties leading to a worn out d lost the game. The issue with the officiating needs to be corrected however. People whining about payton being frustrated would rather have their own agenda served than have the game have integrity.

  13. The available technology is better than ever, but the officiating is at an all time low. The NFL refuses to utilize the technology properly, and they’re doing it on purpose. The coaches need to make a bigger deal before the season starts, not after.

  14. I think many of the people commenting here may actually be NFL officials or their bookies. These officials make horrible/crooked calls and get to keep their jobs with no minimum standard for performance. Its like some offensive whizzing scoring only 3 points in the Superbowl and getting to keep their job, ridiculous. I hope these losers have someone hit them in the head in front of the boss at work and then see that person get the promotion over them, or make a big success and get no credit for it, and then see how they feel about how others should take robbery like a man.

  15. Here we go again. The NFL is bound and determined to give Enos Stan Kroeke ( aka Squirrel Head) and his LA Rams a winning football team. Good Grief.

  16. The Saints are cursed by their own screw ups. From bountygate to signing petitions, in efforts to replay an NFC championship game, to Drew Brees getting injured, this is all karma. Everything is coming full circle now. Great football teams can win in blowouts without relying on petty calls in order to win.

  17. Lol Jerry still whining about Zeke suspension and cowboy fans still whine about Dez no catch. Just stop.

    kevpft says:

    September 15, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    The more Payton whines, the more glad I am that the Saints locked him into another contract so he won’t be at risk of going to the team I follow (Cowboys). Say what you will about the Dallas regime, they don’t whine like the insufferable Saints, and I respect that.

  18. Another week of Saints football and yet another week of the refs blowing a call and the NFL saying we blew it (again). The last 3 games this team has played that’s what has happened. Can they play a game without the refs making a bad call and the NFL issuing an apology? The no call in the NFC championship game that cost the Saints a birth in last years Superbowl, Last week the timing error at the end of the first half that cost them a FG that would have been the the difference in winning if not for them kicking a 58 yard FG at the buzzer to win and now the fumble called a forward pass that denied them a TD. A huge swing in momentum and the game could have gone a different way but with Brees out, likely not and they still likely would have loss. That said, how can this keep happening to a team in the NFL much less to the same team. And FYI to any of the fans of the other 31 teams out there, each and every one of one would be saying them same things and would feel the same as all the Saints fans and if you say you would not, then you are a liar.

  19. Must only be Rams fans and Falcons fans that are saying that was a fumble just like it wasn’t pass interference in the championship game. Only problem is every unbiased person in America disagrees with you.
    How about Cam Jordan getting held every other play but no flag thrown but the Saints had at least 5 holding calls against them this game. I’m 100% sure after watching this game that the NFL is about as real as the WWE…

  20. I’m a Saints fan but I’m a bigger of the game. The NFL disagrees that officiating is a problem but here is the proof. Fans spend as much time if not more talking about the officiating more than the game…The NFL needs to address this, hold someone accountable. There is too much technology integrated into the game to see the same mistakes week after week.

  21. dfwhawkguy says:
    September 15, 2019 at 10:51 pm
    What is it with these guys? Grow up, be a man and take some ownership for your performance. Everyone gets bad calls and championship-caliber teams overcome. Could it possibly you just aren’t that goo with your 57 year old QB, 140 pound RB and a porous defense?

    This attitude starts at the youth level.

    Coaches and parents will blame the refs if the team fumble 4 times and let’s up 5 tds.

    Don’t take any responsibility blame someone else

    They do the same thing in life.
    It’s always someone else’s fault

  22. Al Riverton was a bad ref and making a worse leader. The game makes this league and all the stuff that goes with it. The NFL office and Godell and crew, please try not to screw it up.

  23. The problem with the refereeing is that gambling is now such a large part of the sport. You would have the same problem with full time referees. There is too much money involved now. And whether the refs have been bribed or are making there own bets, money is the problem. The issue would be the same with full time or part time refs.

  24. Baffled that anybody would side with the refs here. Apparently they’ve decided to screw over the Saints this season to punish them for complaining about bad officiating.

  25. Amazing the strawman arguments folks here are putting in Payton’s mouth. Dont recall him or any Saints player saying anything other than they got beat and made too many mistakes. OTH, you aren’t a legit nfl fan if you dont acknowledge a blown call like that can change an entire game. Would the saints had won? Maybe not, but uo 13 to 6 on the road is different than 6 – 6 because of another horrible call. And offensive linemen arms become invisible when wrapped around cam Jordan’s neck. Let’s see how many of you “take it like a man” when the refs screw up a major call on your team or call roughing the passer like that Chubb hit yesterday (Broncos got done over too).and why walt is still allowed to ref is beyond me. His crews are inconsistent in calls in every game they do.

  26. This was a bad call. To be clear,the blatant “Pass Interference” that was not called in last year’s Playoff Game was not a bad call. It was a deliberate action with a deliberate purpose. There is a difference.Mistakes happen in the world. Referees with a betting outcome agenda occurs in the NFL. There is a difference.

  27. Whah Saints are the only team to have calls go against them? No, they are just the biggest excuse makers. No officiating crew has ever cost a team a game in 100 years. 1 call never costs a team. the other 59+ minutes did

  28. Goff took an obvious blow to the head on the same play which wasn’t called, so be thankful you even got the turnover.

  29. Payton loves to cry. Belichick would have said “If we had made a few more plays earlier, we wouldn’t have been in that position for that play to effect us.”
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    no doubt belichick drags a huge sack, but Payton has reason to call attention to goodell / riveron astounding incompetence.

  30. For all the Saints haters, how would you feel if this happened to your team 3 games in a row, one being for a chance to go to the Super Bowl? 3 TIMES IN A ROW!
    This website will have you believe that Payton is a crybaby or whiner but if you would hear the interview after the game he said the game wasn’t won or loss on that play. He blamed poor tackling and penalties.
    One last thing, if you don’t think these games are rigged you are sadly mistaken. I use to think that they didn’t “fix” games but in the past 10 years I have opened my eyes and realized its all about the money, at least since Roger Goodell became commissioner. I love my Saints but sincerely would love to see the NFL get exposed from the top. Gambling and television markets have ruined a once fun game to watch. It’s all about the money and we are the idiots who keep watching and sitting in the seats. Nobody to blame but ourselves

  31. Alberto Riveron is in over his head. NFL officiating has never been worse, and it’s the result of poor leadership at the top of the officiating org chart. Riveron was not a good on-field referee, and he’s not qualified for this job.

  32. they had 0% chance of winning the game anyways leave it to peyton to bring up something that doesn t matter

  33. “Unless that touchdown would have counted for 18 points, it didn’t effect the winner of the game.”
    ________________

    That is a truly dumb statement. It was a 3-3 game at the time and the Rams didn’t make it past 10 points until 5:00 left in the 3rd quarter. The Saints lead at halftime if not for that call AND it’s a one-score game until mid 4th quarter without that error. The Rams PROBABLY still win with Brees being out but you can’t have the refs taking points off the board due to terrible calls.

  34. Bad things happen to Bad People. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat someone who does not matter and when no one is looking. I have experienced this with Sean Payton. He went out of his way to be a jerk when he didn’t need to do anything.

  35. this is awful and its on Goodell. The owners may want a puppet, but might consider getting an actual football guy instead of some useless smarmy corporate lackey.

  36. Welcome to the Seahawks world Saints fans. Every year we get one game stolen from us by the refs. I guess you’re in the same club now.

    Except when you play us of course.

    No sympathy.

  37. Sean should give Vic Fagio a call and take a look at the Denver – Chicago game. The officiating there was blatantly criminal.

  38. This guy should coach with a bonnet and a pacifier. He’s pathetic. If there is any bright side at least the Saints won’t still be crying over last year’s NFC Championship. The score was 3-3 and they had the ball with 40 minutes of game time remaining when this latest issue occurred. He’s a loser, plain and simple. If Hank Baskett held that terrible onside kick 10 years ago in the Superbowl, Payton wouldn’t even be the coach anymore.

  39. Well the Saints just signed him to an extension so the bad news is we’ll be listening to him whine for the next 5 years about these calls instead of concentrating on the next game and letting go of this one, or the call from last year, or the year before that

  40. ” People whining about payton being frustrated would rather have their own agenda served than have the game have integrity.”
    ============

    Not necessarily a binary choice. Most of us, I suggest, would prefer the game officiating have integrity. But we are also long past weary of Sean Payton’s whining. So we take some solace in his misery.

  41. the ALL-TIME CHAMPION “WHINING” FAN BASE is the VIKINGS! ! !
    NEVER-ENDING-
    Tarkington,
    Roger Staubach
    Saints
    Raiders…
    its always someone ELSES fault!

  42. I love the Saints, but can we move on from the officiating thing. The crybaby routine is getting old. Poor Saints, everyone is picking on us, whah whah whah. Grow up. Every team has had this happen to them many times over.

  43. The crybaby routine is getting old. Poor Saints, everyone is picking on us, whah whah whah. Grow up. Every team has had this happen to them many times over. As long as officiating is a human endeavor there will be human error. Get over it.

  44. Saints are crying about this one, but they lost by 18 points… The Titans got called for a bogus defensive pass interference on 3rd down, and the refs made a questionable spot on a different 3rd down on the same drive, and the Colts ended up scoring a TD… The Titans lost by 2 points.

  45. Edward Halverson says:
    September 15, 2019 at 10:53 pm
    I wish we played these guys every week.

    ~ Rams fan
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    I wish we played the Rams every week.

    ~ Pats fan

  46. I wish we played these guys every week.

    ~ Rams fan
    ——————————————–

    I wish we played the Rams every week.

    ~ Pats fan
    ________________

    I wish we played offense – any week!

    -Bears fan

  47. There is NO CRYING IN FOOTBALL!!! The Saints aren’t the only team who were the victims of bad calls by the refs but I don’t hear anyboy but the Saints crying about it. Man up and turn the page!

  48. Seriously getting fed up with the officiating mistakes. It’s just getting worse and worse with the rule changes. This Pass interference stuff has gotten out of hand. The Vikings Packers game yesterday was RIDICULOUS with the non-existent offensive pass interferences that got called. Refs are WAY over-doing it.

  49. Myles Jack still wasn’t Down and the Jags still haven’t gone to the Super Bowl. The refs screw up games constantly. We just remember them when the stakes are higher.

  50. Actual title of the article:
    “Sean Payton: We can’t control poor officiating or “an awful call like that”

    But posters saying he is whining…
    OPPOSITE!

  51. That’s 3 games in a row where the refs made bad decisions against the Saints that took points or likely points off the board. Pointing out the obvious doesn’t make you a cry baby. Imagine these things happening to your team. How would your coach react?

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