Mike Zimmer unhappy with “bad call” for OPI

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Coaches got their way in March, campaigning for expanded replay to include pass interference. Now, some are regretting that decision.

The Vikings had a touchdown nullified by offensive pass interference penalty Al Riveron saw on an automatic review of the scoring play.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer still wasn’t happy Monday with what he referred to as a “bad call.”

“They decided they were going to fix the play in the [NFC] Championship Game, and there’s been some unintended consequences,” Zimmer said, via Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune.

The Vikings scored on a 3-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs that would have cut the Packers’ lead to 21-14 with an extra point. But the NFL’s supervisor of officials overturned it, citing Dalvin Cook for offensive pass interference. The Vikings ended up settling for a field goal and lost 21-16.

“We saw clear and obvious visual evidence that No. 33 significantly hinders the opponent while the ball is still in the air,” Riveron said in a pool report.

Zimmer disagreed with Riveron’s assessment.

“I think it was a bad call,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “Got replayed, and I still think it was a bad call. The guy was not trying to block anybody. He was trying to get out of the way.’’

Zimmer added that officials need to be more diligent in how they’re calling offensive pass interference.

89 responses to “Mike Zimmer unhappy with “bad call” for OPI

  1. It is extremely important that the NFL hires an independent 3rd party to do these reviews and officiating. With a diligent marketing team and expansion into gambling, the NFL cannot be trusted to make the right call. Stolen win #1 of the season

  2. Fair criticism but let’s not overlook your QB who threw two picks, one of which was beyond rookie mistake awful, lost a fumble, fumbled another time and could have easily had two more picks. I tend to think those played a role in the outcome too.

  3. Can’t wait to hear all the excuses!!! Two good teams played. Bad calls will always happen in the NFL. Great teams overcome them and find a way to win.

  4. What is Zimmer even talking about? Cook clearly picked Savage from getting to make a play on the pass. Pass interference by the book. Just more Viking excuses. We all knew they were coming though.

  5. I’d be more unhappy with the 4th quarter interception your qb threw. Coach your players better and don’t worry about the refs.

  6. with him it’s always someone else’s fault.. The Packers gave the vikes several opportunities to take over the game and they didn’t seize the moment.

  7. It was a pick play. Cook ran into two players while Diggs ran underneath. He wasn’t turning left or right or turning his head quickly to the QB while running straight. He wasn’t running a route. If he was trying to “get out of the way”, why go out on a route instead of just staying in the backfield?

    I hate pick plays and am glad defenses finally get a rule change that can benefit them too once in awhile.

  8. Bottom line is, if that play is going to be reviewed and held to that standard, you will never see a crossing pattern inside the 10 yard line again. Those plays ALWAYS have dudes running into each other because of the limited space on a short field. This play would always be called as a pick play. And red zone scoring would suffer dramatically for it. It was an idiotic call.

  9. This rule is annoying. During preseason the challenge success rate was very low, and we were told they want to establish that the replay type should only be used to correct egregious error, such as the Saints non-call. Now, we have a mundane TD review where it is sprung as an uncalled penalty, that did not even involve the player who caught the ball or his own defender. Dumb.

  10. Not an excuse, Kirk Cousins played terrible and threw away this game. Vikings had plenty of opportunities to win after this happened.

    Having said that, I had no idea the refs could retroactively call PI during any review. This is going to cause unnecessary problems in the future.

  11. Easy fellas, Zimmer is not saying the bad call was why they lost the game! He’s not making any excuses, just stating the obvious. It was a bad call. Refs make mistakes too. Good teams overcome it, Vikings didn’t yesterday.

  12. I thought I’d give Ol’ Cap’n Zimmy the benefit of the doubt before watching the replay over and over. ‘He was trying to get out of the way,” explained Ol’ Zim.

    I laughed beer out my nose. Cook was blocking and holding, and pushing on purpose, demonstrably, and obviously. They are watching this stuff more closely, and there will be errors.

    This wasn’t one of them. Great, gutsy call.

  13. The foul should have been called live as he did run into two defenders, but based on what we’ve seen so far this season, it shouldn’t have been called retroactively. Gotta keep the standard the same across the board or things look hinky. They did well with the Theilan catch and the King pick….very similar catches and the officials were consistent on those.

  14. This is not what the new OPI replay was supposed to be about, they’re taking it to a new level. I don’t remember seeing anything like this in the preseason games & now all of a sudden they’re doing it? This was supposed to be about fixing PI on contested catches.
    Either way, it was a good game & these two teams always play each other hard. Cousins made several mistakes in this game, 2 fumbles & 2 picks (it was almost 4 picks).
    Great quarterbacks overcome adversity but he failed in another big game.

  15. Head Coaching tears are just as delicious as the rest.
    After 5 very lackluster seasons, Zim can feel his seat getting warmer and warmer with every impending loss.
    I mean, lets face it, there are only so many Kickers and Offensive Coordinators he can scapegoat anymore.

  16. We were told that a ruling would be overturned only when the evidence is clear and obvious. Now we know that is not the case. I don’t care if you think Cook really interfered or not; you shouldn’t want the officials looking for a ticky-tack PI call that was missed on a routine review of a touchdown. It’s bad for the game.

  17. Now, we have a mundane TD review where it is sprung as an uncalled penalty, that did not even involve the player who caught the ball or his own defender. Dumb.
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    There is more than one way to be flagged for OPI, If an offensive player blocks downfield before the ball is thrown and the pass crosses the line of scrimmage, it is offensive pass interference.

    It was TEXT book OPI. You don’t have to like it, but these are the rules, if an offese wants to throw those quick WR screens, you need to throw it behind the LOS if you want your players to engage blocking ASAP, they go a yard pass the LOS and engage its OPI has been and will be called.

  18. Zimmer, you shouldn’t play such soft coverage. If you had your players contest more catches you would not have been down 21 points. If you get out of your own way & stop being so conservative you would win more games. The refs screwed the Vikings, what did you expect in Green Bay. Like a few other posters said, “great teams overcome and win anyway! Stop coaching & playing for close games. Green Bay won but they are not that good. The Vikings should have blown them out but the Viking coach is toooo conservative!

  19. This new rule was supposed to prevent obviously horrible calls like in the NFC Championship game and NOTHING else. The ones that no credible person would contest.

    If credible people are still arguing over the interpretation of the replay, then obviously, the blatant review rule should not have been applied.

    I am not sure if there has even been a play this season where the review should have been instigated. Stop this disaster while there is still time.

  20. Why do they have to review all TD’s in the first place? 99.9% you can tell what a TD is on the field. You have a challenge, no need for that either. All that does is slow the games down reviewing TD’s and then the NFL adds more reviewing.

  21. No flag on the field, then a ticky-tack, freeze-framed call from New York. Hmmm….

    Call it what it is: bunch of crap. NFL doing what it loves to do: influence the margins.

    Loss still at the feet of Cousins.

  22. It was a garbage call that had no business overturning a TD. This replay for PI is going to cause more problems that it will ever hope to solve.

    That said, that alone is not the reason the Vikings lost yesterday. At this point, I’m hoping some QB desperate team will take him and his oversized contract off the Vikings’ hands at the end of the season.

    Finally, consider this: after this season, Viking fans (of which I am one) will be able to look back on this decade and realize that the best year any QB had for them came from Case Keenum in 2017.

  23. I’ve watched the play several times and I have to say there’s a fine line between a receiver picking a defender and a defender impeding a receiver’s progress. Cook is looking back at the quarterback before the contact so it doesn’t seem like he was purposely trying to set a pick. If a defender can legally hit a receiver within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, shouldn’t the receiver be allowed to get hit without it being called pass interference?

  24. Green Bay won but they are not that good. The Vikings should have blown them out
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    Bet you weren’t saying that through the first 20 minutes of the game. In a reality that’s not purple tinted, the Packers should have blown the Vikings out, but things were so easy that first quarter that they let off the gas and couldn’t get their mojo back.

  25. How would Zimmer know? I thought he was blind?

    Cook ran a pick. That much is blatantly obvious. The refs missed it during the play but because it was a scoring play the review can look at it. He was blocking Darnell Savage, downfield while the ball was in the air. That is OPI every single time.

  26. Zimmerman was completely humiliated by a rookie head coach. Now he’s crying about the officials because he’s not man enough to accept responsibility for what happened.

  27. All 3 OPI’s called were bogus. Not one of them was actual pass interference. They also took away the flag for the packer blocking the fair catch, AND when Green Bay got an unnecessary roughness when the Vikings punted, it should have been an automatic first down for the Vikings, but it wasn’t. Several bad calls that ALL went against the Vikings. The Packers didn’t get any bad calls against them. None.

  28. There’s no way Diggs makes that play if Savage hadn’t been interfered with. That’s why it’s good for the game. Bottom line? Don’t cheat.

  29. Brobokil says:
    September 16, 2019 at 7:36 pm
    All 3 OPI’s called were bogus. Not one of them was actual pass interference. They also took away the flag for the packer blocking the fair catch, AND when Green Bay got an unnecessary roughness when the Vikings punted, it should have been an automatic first down for the Vikings, but it wasn’t. Several bad calls that ALL went against the Vikings. The Packers didn’t get any bad calls against them. None.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Roughing the kicker is different than running into the kicker. Plus, a Vikings player pushed the Packer into the punt returner. Again……coaching. Zimmer got out-coached. That’s a bitter pill.

  30. conormacleod says:
    September 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm
    All of us should be concerned that the officials reviewed that play for a penalty that was never there.
    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Wishing, hoping, and praying isn’t going to alter the truth.

  31. That’s never happened before in the history of the league. That being the case, and if you’re going to look at every part of the play… it will take 10 minutes. And turnovers too. Speaking of that… the pick in the endzone the GB player clearly grabbed Diggs arm. Should’ve been dpi. It was clear.
    But it’s done and over. Congrats GB. On to Oakland.

  32. harry hands says:
    September 16, 2019 at 9:06 pm
    That’s never happened before in the history of the league. That being the case, and if you’re going to look at every part of the play… it will take 10 minutes. And turnovers too. Speaking of that… the pick in the endzone the GB player clearly grabbed Diggs arm. Should’ve been dpi. It was clear.
    But it’s done and over. Congrats GB. On to Oakland.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    What game were you watching? I now believe the power of wearing purple lensed glasses.

  33. golferinminny says:
    September 16, 2019 at 9:52 pm
    stop trying to “fix” the future NFL, just apologize for the fact that your referees are imperfect and that you screwed up. The product is becoming unwatchable.
    __________

    Then stop watching….

  34. I’m sure he was most unhappy about the missed FG and blocked extra point. It’s like he was bullied by a kicker in his youth. He is right about the penalty, but they should have been running the ball anyways. Then they had another chance to get in the end zone and couldn’t. That’s football, usually if 2 or 3 plays go the other way the other team wins, I thought it was a good early season game.

  35. That ref reminded me of the boss in Employee of the Month. He almost seemed excited to make really controversial calls. I also thought Diggs and Graham had tacky tack OPI’s that you see on most plays. You want to see OPI watch Antonio Brown’s TD in the Pats game, he shoved the DB in the back and that was not overturned for a flag. Had no idea they reviewed pass interference on scoring plays and turnovers until that moment. That was a fun little detour. Good game though, I like watching the Vikes defense match up with Rodgers.

  36. The Vikings are totally irrelevant. Hope they enjoy looking up at the Pack in the division. This is nothing new for them.

    Denver is the focus this week.

    Denver has a good D with Fangio and will be a tough test. I like the Packers chances of getting to 3-0 though.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  37. have you guys calling obvious pass interference watched football before? Especially in the red zone. Apparently not. There is non stop contact especially in the red zone…the guy was running an in route and the defender was in his path so he was pushing through the contact not blocking. Had this call been made live is one thing…but to overturn a TD and call this clear and obvious…well every redzone play inside the 5 yard line can be called for some bs. The Antonio Brown TD…was that clear and obvious…many would think so but nope…not overturned…many others were much more egregious then Cooks so called penalty and they weren’t overturned. The standard is going to cause a major problem in the NFL this year…heck it may even come against your squad and then you will be crying like no other.

  38. Not sure the Vikings or their fans have anything to complain about given the officiating debacle last year in Lambeau that basically stole a win for the Packers. Diggs needs to worry about making plays and not acting like a complete jagoff.

  39. There’s been some obvious confusion as to why Diggs’ TD was overturned just before the half on Sunday.
    Let me try and help.

    As Interference is now a reviewable part of the game, all questionable plays can be subject to review by coaches throwing the red challenge flag.
    Since we were under the 2:00 warning, all of these reviews are out of the coaches hands and are referred to the booth in NY.
    With this being a scoring play too, it went under extra scrutiny.
    After seeing what was an obvious and clear illegal pick by Dalvin Cook that cleared a lane for Diggs to make his catch, the play was easily overturned.

    It’s really that simple, no matter how hard Mike Zimmer stomps his feet about it.
    It wasn’t a bad call and there’s absolutely nothing controversial about it.
    Though Mike’s ire does have me concerned, if you have any near and dear stuffed animals, I’d keep them close by your sides at night.

  40. Waffle: the announcers, the ref in the booth, the studio guys, the nfl Sunday night countdown guys, and Mike Zimmer. That’s who say it’s a bad call. Almost everybody. Literally the only people crowing on what a great call it was are Packer fans. I’m very positive a call like this won’t be happening again this season. Those officials get grades every week, and if I’m being generous, they get a D for that game.

  41. @pembinemafia: dude, nobody is talking about last year. That’s silliness. What’s even more silly is that you’re complaining about a call from a year ago when that rule was implemented to protect AAron Rodgers.

  42. I don’t read that Zimmer is saying that they would have won the game if that call wasn’t made…he’s simply saying its a bad call. And it was. Next.

  43. Zimmer says it was a bad call. You then know he is lying because he claims the reason he thinks it was a bad call is that Cook was “trying to get out of the way” of Savage and not blocking him from the play. Zimmy is a NFL veteran and watched the play and he saw clearly that Cook blocked Savage from the play. End of story.

    And too funny that some are crying that this play in the 2nd quarter was a big reason why the Vikings lost. A lot of football was played before and after this play and the Vikings couldn’t get it done vs. the superior team and roster.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  44. There was no call in this game that was worse than the “roughing the passer” call on Clay Matthews last year that allowed the Vikings to tie the game.

    The end. Stop crying you huge, ridiculous babies.

  45. All you cheeseheads watched your garbage team get shut down for three quarters and your defense get rolled up for over 200 yards rushing. Be happy your zebras showed up big and saved you. Now the league has film on your new offense and how to stuff it. Good luck.

  46. The preseason was supposed to be a trial run for this new rule, and they didn’t overturn anything. Now its a certified disaster. The clear and obvious interpretation was completely ignored here and it blew up in the NFL’s face. Luckily for the NFL this happened in the 1st half instead of at the end of the game.

  47. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 17, 2019 at 10:35 am
    All you cheeseheads watched your garbage team get shut down for three quarters and your defense get rolled up for over 200 yards rushing. Be happy your zebras showed up big and saved you. Now the league has film on your new offense and how to stuff it. Good luck.
    —-

    Don’t worry. The rest of the league has more film on the Vikings offense and how to stuff it. Plus, your defense isn’t as good as the Packers.

    Fact.

  48. It was a bad call, but its over with. It didnt cost you the game. You lost the game thanks to Cousins INT and horrible passes throughout and 4 points left on the board by Bailey missing an extra point and a field goal. On to Oakland, DONT repeat the Buffalo BS from last year. Lot of football left.

  49. There isn’t a Packer win over the Vikings where the Barneys aren’t crying over some call that was made erroneously, (at least in their minds) or something else that should have been called that wasn’t.
    This is just par for the course for them.

    As a Packer fan I already tend to expect it, I even call it before the games are played now.
    I really do try to sympathies at how desperate and frustrated their fan base must be.
    I honestly do.
    Almost 60 years of dumpster fire football has to wear on one’s soul after a while.

    But to hear this kind of whiny garbage come from the Head Coach is really sad.
    I mean, I know how frantically he’s trying to hold on to his job, and beating the Packers is like gold in Loserville, but it’s still just sad.
    Sad and pathetic really.
    Somebody better get his eye on the ball soon, before a plucky Raider team comes in and totally rolls your team too.

  50. packers lucked out at home and they know it. The refs took at least 4 points right away. The Vikings’s kicker Bailey took 4 points. And Cousins took points off the board. And why didn’t they review the INT in the end zone? He never completed the catch in addition to King grabbing Digss right arm before the INT.
    The Vikings ran for as many yards as Rodgers threw for. The Vikings defense gave up 21 points early and shut the door. The Vikings are just fine. They are going to be in this all the way.

  51. Thielen’s catch and King’s catch were nothing a like. On Thielen’s catch when the ball touched the ground Thielen had control of it. Which is perfectly legal the ball can touch the field.During Thielen’s catch the ball was bobbled while he was kneeling upright and quickly regained control. At which time the ball never touched the ground again during the bobble. King’s “catch” the ball is laying on the ground. He didn’t complete the catch. Nothing similar at all except for the call of a catch.

  52. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 17, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Now the league has film on your new offense and how to stuff it. Good luck.

    +++++

    Maybe Zim should have looked at the Bears game tape before the first quarter ended, eh?

  53. This is the second straight game at Lambeau between these two teams where the refs must have bet on the Vikes to cover. Down 21 nothing, frantic, they allowed a huge offensive hold go to allow Cook to scamper 75 yards. Then, when the Packers clearly had a first down, the Vikings (I mean refs) said it was 4th, which took points off the board for the Packers. Right there that’s probably a 14 point swing (minimum). Without the refs, the Packers probably win this game 42 – 9.

    Do you idiots realize that this is how stupid you sound?

  54. At which time the ball never touched the ground again during the bobble. King’s “catch” the ball is laying on the ground. He didn’t complete the catch. Nothing similar at all except for the call of a catch
    ____________

    King high pointed the ball came down with the ball was down by contact when landing with/on top of the intended receiver rolled around with ball and let go of it when getting up… BOTH his and Thielens were amazing athletic catches.

  55. And just like that EVRYONE overnight got their NFL Officiating certificate. Its a knee jerk reaction like last year’s roughing the QB calls. They review every play. How long will it be before the start taking a look at the offensive linemen to see if there was holding on a TD. The call on Cooks was BS, Thelien, Diggs and even the one on Graham was BS. Let em play.

  56. packertruth says:
    September 17, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 17, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Now the league has film on your new offense and how to stuff it. Good luck.

    +++++

    Maybe Zim should have looked at the Bears game tape before the first quarter ended, eh?
    —————————————————————————–

    He must have, your squad had zero points in the second half. IF Diggs comes down with that ball we are having a whole different conversation. packers fans woudl be complaining about lack of offensive in the Bears game and lack of offense in the second half of the Vikings game. They’d cry about the defense not being able to stop Cook on the last drive yadda yadda yadda.Fact is the Vikings are 5-2-1 against the packers over the last 8 meetings in the Zimmer era. And I believe they have done it with 2-3 different QBs, not sure. SKOL down Packers fans there are 14 games to go.

  57. The call on Cooks was BS
    ________

    No it wasnt…. if 1 reciever is running an in route and the other is running an out route and the defenders run into each other it’s one thing… the player runninng one route cant just block the defender covering the other one,

    I get it the Vikings are desperate to score and you want them to.score even if it’s a cheap cheesey TD by those illegal means…. but they GOT CAUGHT … get over it.

  58. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 17, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    This is the second straight game at Lambeau between these two teams where the refs must have bet on the Vikes to cover. Down 21 nothing, frantic, they allowed a huge offensive hold go to allow Cook to scamper 75 yards. Then, when the Packers clearly had a first down, the Vikings (I mean refs) said it was 4th, which took points off the board for the Packers. Right there that’s probably a 14 point swing (minimum). Without the refs, the Packers probably win this game 42 – 9.

    Do you idiots realize that this is how stupid you sound?
    __________

    I don’t know what idiots you’re talking to, but you’re the one who said this and yes, you sound stupid.

  59. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 17, 2019 at 1:19 pm
    This is the second straight game at Lambeau between these two teams where the refs must have bet on the Vikes to cover. Down 21 nothing, frantic, they allowed a huge offensive hold go to allow Cook to scamper 75 yards. Then, when the Packers clearly had a first down, the Vikings (I mean refs) said it was 4th, which took points off the board for the Packers. Right there that’s probably a 14 point swing (minimum). Without the refs, the Packers probably win this game 42 – 9.

    Do you idiots realize that this is how stupid you sound?
    ——————————————

    That’s like the crook defiantly pointing at the Judge saying “No your honor, I think you robbed that bank!!” You’re losing your mind smart guy.

  60. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
    So it’s ok for Packer fans to complain about the Clay Matthews roughing the passer penalty last year (and still complaining this year), but Vikes fans can’t complain about the league creating a penalty minutes after a play actually happened. Ok thanks, got it.

  61. In the press conference right after the game, Zimmer made no excuses regarding how the refs called the game, even after being questioned about it by so called ‘reporters’. After watching the film he now made a comment about it, although I don’t agree that Cook “accidentally ran into players” 🙂. Either way, the end result is the league reversed a touchdown in a regular season game when the momentum was with the Vikings. (Add on the fact that Cousins played like crap makes it a game that ends in a loss).
    Why didn’t we didn’t see these calls in the preseason? What we’re seeing now is what coaches, ex-coaches/TV hosts & many other were afraid was going to happen, which is opening up a Pandora’s box instead of just focusing on PI calls at the point of contact where the ball is. Ah, but what the hell do I know.

  62. Many years ago a football coach told me; ‘Son, don’t ever blame the officials for losing a game. The scoreboard is all that matters.
    There are no excuses in sports, nor are there moral victories, stat’s don’t matter, all that matters is the scoreboard and that we score more then our opponent.’ At the end of the game the scoreboard read GB 21, MN 16.

  63. gopackgocausecowboysblow:
    ////////
    I see your point when teaching a young person the sport they play and life lessons, but unfortunately there’s a lot more riding in an NFL game compared to high school.

  64. I think most of us Vikings fans would like to overturn the decision to sign Kirk Cousins, the $84 million dollar fumbling machine. Can we get an in instant replay on that decision?

  65. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 17, 2019 at 2:59
    That’s like the crook defiantly pointing at the Judge saying “No your honor, I think you robbed that bank!!” You’re losing your mind smart guy.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You know what’s worse than a Viking troll that’s all hat with no cattle? A Viking troll troll with a hat, no cattle, and also a sore loser. You’re the President of that exclusive club.

  66. stellarperformance says:
    September 17, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    You know what’s worse than a Viking troll that’s all hat with no cattle? A Viking troll troll with a hat, no cattle, and also a sore loser. You’re the President of that exclusive club.
    ———————————

    I seriously don’t know what that means.

  67. Not saying he doesn’t have a point (packer fan here), but wtf else is he going to say? No head coach is going to be honest with the media about how their “franchise QB” is a con artist.

  68. artic19 says:
    September 18, 2019 at 10:24 pm
    One of these centuries the Packers are going to have a bad call go against them, you just wait.

    —-

    You mean like the Fail mary? Or the roughing the passer last year that took away a game-sealing interception vs the Vikings? Or the non-call on the holding that sprung Cook for a 75 yard TD last weekend?

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