Vic Fangio heard all the questions about his decision not to call timeout with the Titans driving toward the winning field goal. The Broncos coach had a question about an official’s call that negated an interception earlier in the game.
Fangio called the penalty on linebacker Alexander Johnson “highly questionable.”
Officials cited Johnson for hitting a player — Titans running back Derrick Henry — out of the play.
“I didn’t see it happen live, and when I saw it on the tape, he just chucked (Henry), in his chest, inside of 5 yards (of the line of scrimmage),” Fangio said, via Kyle Newman of the Denver Post. “He didn’t hit him in the back, neck or head area. I was surprised by the call.”
Rule 12-2-8(g) of the 2020 NFL Rulebook says unnecessary roughness can be defined as “unnecessarily running, diving into, cutting, or throwing the body against or on a player who is out of the play.”
“Obviously, I was just playing ball, playing within the whistle — playing football — but referee saw something else and it (stinks) that we had an interception we had to return,” Johnson said after the game. “That hurt the team right there.”