Bruce Arians on OPI review: “I don’t know what the hell is”

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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians pitched a fit on the field.

He didn’t let up after the game.

Arians was furious about what seemed to be a “clear and obvious” case of pass interference, when Saints wideout Michael Thomas pushed off Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. Arians challenged the play, to no avail.

“If that’s not, I don’t know what the hell is,” Arians said, via Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com. “A two-handed shove that knocked the guy backwards. They said they were hand-fighting. Yeah they were hand-fighting, but that doesn’t knock the guy backwards.”

By the league’s own standard, it appeared to be a clear-cut case. But it wasn’t called that way, leaving league officiating chief Al Riveron to try to explain away another clumsy application of a hastily crafted rule.

16 responses to “Bruce Arians on OPI review: “I don’t know what the hell is”

  1. But hey, look on the bright side….they agreed to a contract with these same refs who are constantly screwing everything up.

  2. Watched this game sure does seem like the refs help the saints out an awful lot this season. Should. Of been O.P.I. Obvious push off. As well as Buccs. Corner. Being ejected for helmet to helmet hit. Both calls gave clear advantage to saints .

  3. marshall420pm says:
    October 6, 2019 at 5:38 pm
    Watched this game sure does seem like the refs help the saints out an awful lot this season. Should. Of been O.P.I. Obvious push off. As well as Buccs. Corner. Being ejected for helmet to helmet hit. Both calls gave clear advantage to saints .

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    And those same helmet to helmet hits delivered to Kamara from Jones (Falcons) and Smith (Cowboys) weren’t even flagged last season…funny how that “advantage” seemed to work then!

  4. It was a blatant push off, as that fumble was clearly recovered by the Bucs. Absolutely horrendous officiating in that game. Bucs ain’t good enough to beat the Saints AND the refs.

  5. Silly caterwauling about something that has not affected the outcome of any game. Nor has it delayed anything if you note the interminable commercials.

  6. marshall420pm says:
    October 6, 2019 at 5:38 pm
    Watched this game sure does seem like the refs help the saints out an awful lot this season. Should. Of been O.P.I. Obvious push off. As well as Buccs. Corner. Being ejected for helmet to helmet hit. Both calls gave clear advantage to saints .

    Could not disagree more. Have you watched any of the Saints’ games?

  7. The sooner the league comes to terms that there are so many bad calls these days, they might do the right thing and let the a reply ref re officiate these awful calls. The call on the field should mean nothing. If on a second look with multiple angles it make sense to change it then change it. And let coaches have 4 challenges and be allowed to challenge everything. Get rid of the last 2 min and scoring play auto reviews.

  8. Bruce, the NFL is tired of hearing the Saints whine so they’re going to let them get away with it. As for Thomas, nice game but where was pickle nose last year in the NFC championship game?

  9. Yup and when the Saints complained about it last most wanted to say they were whining.’

    Odd how when it happens to you that your opinion of it changes.

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