Cordarrelle Patterson wonders if he should start bringing donuts for the refs

AP

Bears receiver Cordarrelle Patterson thought he made a perfect special teams play Sunday against the Packers when he hit punt returner Tramon Williams just as the ball arrived, forcing a fumble that the Bears recovered. The officials saw it differently.

Patterson was flagged for kick catch interference, a very costly penalty that gave the ball back to Green Bay. Replays appeared to show that Patterson timed his hit perfectly and didn’t hit Williams until the ball arrived, although Patterson easily could have been flagged for lowering his helmet to initiate contact with Williams.

Patterson, who also thought he made a catch later in the game that the officials ruled incomplete, said afterward that he wonders what he needs to do to get on the officials’ good side.

‘‘I don’t know what I did to the refs this week,’’ Patterson said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘‘Somebody told me I need to start bringing them donuts and stuff before the game. Next week, I’m going to have to bring some hot chocolate and all that stuff.’’

Patterson said his phone was blowing up with people telling him he got jobbed by the officials. Bears coach Matt Nagy, asked what he thought of the officiating, said he wasn’t going to comment, seeming to want to avoid getting fined.

41 responses to “Cordarrelle Patterson wonders if he should start bringing donuts for the refs

  1. Rodgers said it best; “Questionable penalties and non-calls usually balance out during the same game, but assuredly within several games, and positively over the course of a season.”

  2. He’s been a straight stud on teams for the Bears this year, and seems to click with the culture there. Hoping they can keep him around a couple more years or at least for as long as he still has some left in the tank. It would be great to see Nagy get him more involved on offense too in ways that don’t involve trying to use him as a RB.

  3. Dear Patterson, you DID get jobbed twice! Homer Packers fans are blind to the truth but everyone else that can set aside biases can see how b.s. the refs are towards GB not just in this game but year in and year out. It really is ridiculous and there should be a full investigation…buuuut there won’t be. We’ve all seen what happens in a properly officiated game with GB–see them vs. SF or LAC.

  4. Just another Lamblow gift from the refs. The packers would be no better than 9-5 without them. True story.

  5. Pack did catch a break there but I will take it. Bound to get a call go our way once in awhile. One more win and the North crown is back where it belongs. Go Pack Go!

  6. This story leaves out that Patterson was being grabbed prior to the hit. No that it was the type of grab that warranted a flag, but it was by all definitions being engaged (contacted) by the player blocking him which by rules should have negated the flag that went against him.

  7. The refs have been crappy across the board for all teams. We have come to accept it as the norm when, in fact, it’s actually ruining the game.

  8. Packer fans do understand that this is not an indictment of you, you are not officiating the games. The nfl is screwing teams at its discretion, why is that okay when every fan’s money is the same?

  9. Yeah, the Refs are putting the Packers into the playoffs just like they’ve done the past two years. Wow. People don’t let facts get in their way.
    As the article said, the penalty could have been lowering his helmet against a defenseless player. Would that make everyone feel better?

  10. He might not have been early on the punt hit, but it definitely was spearing. So same difference. Should have been a penalty. And his coach has to challenge the in bounds call. It was as close as you can get.

  11. Every player on every team that plays the Green Bay Charity Case thinks the same thing. He lowered his head on the tackle, but his shoulder pad hit the receiver, his head never touched him. Bears got screwed, and it set the tone for the game.

  12. Don’t worry guys, the NFL is going to fix officiating this offseason! Never mind that they’re also solely responsible for the current state of officiating, And that they rejected the sky judge even though the owners were all for it,I trust that they’ll fix it.

  13. Remember when genius coach Nagy was finally going to get Patterson on the map! Wow, that seems like ancient history.

    Maybe “flashy” just isn’t smart enough to run a route tree or learn the playbook.

    Raw…. wasted…. talent

  14. To the misguided Packer fans:

    1. Contact did not happen until after Tramon attempted to catch the ball.

    2. When contact was made, it was the shoulder, not the helmet.

    Patterson’s did everything correct, except for paying the officials a bribe, as is the normal policy in Green Bay.

  15. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense. When it comes to standardized academic testing in sconnie, there’s plenty of gimmies. Makes sense that it would extend to the football field.

  16. He arrived simultaneous to the catch. That’s a no-no, and is clearly written as such (and comprehended by most people!) This is straight from the 2019 NFL Rule Book…….without alteration:

    Rule 10 Opportunity to Catch a Kick, Fair Catch
    Section 1 Opportunity to Catch a Kick
    INTERFERENCE
    Article 1 During a scrimmage kick that crosses the line of scrimmage, or during a free kick, members of the kicking team are prohibited from interfering with any receiver making an attempt to catch the airborne kick, or from obstructing or hindering his path to the airborne kick, and regardless of whether any signal was given.
    Item 1: Contact with Receiver. It is interference if a player of the kicking team contacts the receiver, or causes a passive player of either team to contact the receiver, before or “simultaneous to his touching the ball.”

    Sorry haters, he arrived and made contact simultaneously. No can do.

  17. stellarperformance says:
    December 16, 2019 at 1:35 pm
    Rodgers said it best; “Questionable penalties and non-calls usually balance out during the same game, but assuredly within several games, and positively over the course of a season.”
    ———————————————

    That’s probably true for the rest of the league. For the Green Bay Zebra Riders it would take the next 25 years to even out the calls.

  18. If you slow-mo the play down to molasses, it would appear he caught it first. In real-time bang-bang, he hit him simultaneously. That was the subjective call, and correct, under the circumstances.

    If every play was slowed to molasses for scrutiny, you’d see pass interference on every Rodgers pass attempt. That’s the only way to stop an MVP. It works both ways. Suck it up!

  19. There used to be a “halo rule,” that provided a 2 yard cushion until the ball was caught. Players knew they had that space, so they oftentimes wouldn’t signal fair catch. They eliminated the rule (2003?) for safety reasons. The “simultaneous” restriction was retained. It’s now a judgment call. That’s what he saw, that’s what he called. Correctly.

  20. The Packers have gotten calls so much and their fans deep down realize it. With Arron Rodgers crying to them all game (which alone makes Brett Farve and Bart Starr far more respected than that whiney QB hell even Lynn Dickey was less of a whiney bitch
    0 Even back in 2001 after a game Jim Miller said it sometimes feels like your playing against 15 guys when you play the Packers (meaning the official’s) I even saw a MNF game Pack vs. Jags where the fake calls where thick and furious in the Packs favor killing what could’ve been a interesting game of Farve against his former back up Marl Burnell. But between Arron whining for calls after getting many favorable calls just makes you want to puke. What also bugs me is after it’s clear the bad call isn’t going to be reversed you then get a ex ref hired by fox to further dive into your head the Bears got jobbed on the call , Then without fail a Packer fan with his homervision ™ makes some crap up that in his mind the packers in fact got jobbed by other phantom calls and/or it all evened out. This has gone on for decades

  21. Without a doubt, the special team’s call against Patterson was BS, and if they’d called Lowering the Helmet, that would’ve been one thing, but it definitely wasn’t interference IMO. Bad call.
    But as the game trudged on, the calls definitely went the other way too.

    There was a ridiculous Intentional Grounding call on Rodgers as the defender hindered his passing motion.
    In such cases the ball doesn’t have to reach the line of scrimmage. (It’s in the rule book, look it up.)
    The loss of down and yards knocked GB out of FG range just seconds before halftime.

    Allen Robinson knocking down Kevin King on an obvious OPI for a 36 yard gain.
    Seriously, nobody can dispute that.

    And probably most egregious, the Blow to the Head sack of Rodgers on 3rd and 4 late in the 4th quarter knocking the Packers out of FG range again, instead of the 1st down on the 12 yard line they should have received.

    I list these not to whine and complain about the officiating, but to dispute the ridiculous narrative that GB gets all the calls.
    Officiating is difficult across the board and I realize that calls will be blown from time to time.
    The Packers have had their share of bad calls go against them over the years, and I’m not going to lose one second of sleep just because we’re finally getting a few back.
    Understanding that it’s all part of the game allows most of us an opportunity to enjoy the game that we love.
    Otherwise it’s just a bunch of useless bitching and feeling sorry for yourselves all the time.
    And seriously, what fun is that?

  22. “He arrived simultaneous to the catch. That’s a no-no, and is clearly written as such (and comprehended by most people!) This is straight from the 2019 NFL Rule Book…….without alteration:

    Rule 10 Opportunity to Catch a Kick, Fair Catch
    Section 1 Opportunity to Catch a Kick”

    ——————————————————
    Any other team gets called for it….without alteration:

    Except the packers

  23. “Rodgers said it best; “Questionable penalties and non-calls usually balance out during the same game, but assuredly within several games, and positively over the course of a season.”

    ————————————————-
    No they don’t. State farm boy to say that he always gets the refs double discount on calls.

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