Sean Payton on roughing the passer penalty: No opinion on it; next question

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Another week, another officiating controversy. What else is new?

It’s also not new that the Saints were on the wrong side of a key call (or non-call).

In the 2018 NFC Championship Game, it was a missed (and blatant) pass interference call on then-Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman that cost the Saints. On Sunday, it was a controversial roughing the passer penalty on Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss.

The call by referee Jerome Boger negated Marcus Williams’ interception in the end zone. Four plays later, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill scored on a 1-yard run to give the Titans a 13-6 halftime lead on their way to a 23-21 victory.

Replays showed Elliss did not hit Tannehill in the head. Instead, he pushed him in the back with Elliss’ helmet maybe grazing Tannehill’s nameplate.

“There wasn’t an explanation, what do you want me to say? You want my opinion on it?” Payton snapped. “No. No opinion on it. Next question.”

Payton made his point without incurring a fine from the NFL office. It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad call.

CBS rules expert Gene Steratore said on the broadcast that Boger had a “difficult” viewing angle on the play and should have asked for help.

“What you hope for in that play is that the umpire, who is in the offensive backfield and has the opposite angle, can come and talk to you there and walk you through that and hopefully get you to pick that up,” Steratore said. “So you get the right call at the end of the day, because that is not roughing the passer, in my opinion.”

32 responses to “Sean Payton on roughing the passer penalty: No opinion on it; next question

  1. Cost the saints a W in a close game. No excuses for the garbage Goodell sends out weekly with the technology in the world today.

  2. With gambling being embraced by the league – and the money that is being injected in as a result – officiating has got to be fixed.

  3. For the history of controversial Saints officiating, don’t leave out Bountygate, which ended the careers of two Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

  4. Jerome booger is an awful ref. Any game his crew is assigned to has a high likelihood of one of the teams getting screwed.

  5. It was in the first half and they were still only one score behind.

    What cost them the game was not playing well enough.

  6. Players know the refs are watching, so why hit Tannehill at all? He’d already thrown the ball.

  7. The NFL records every word spoken on the field as well as on the sidelines and has 10 different camera angles on every play but is somehow clueless when it comes to figuring out how to eliminate egregious mistakes by the referees?

  8. 6.5×55 says:
    November 14, 2021 at 10:46 pm
    With gambling being embraced by the league – and the money that is being injected in as a result – officiating has got to be fixed.
    *******************************************************
    Um, officiating IS “fixed”. That is the problem.

    That call was one of the worst.

  9. It seems every weekend there are game(s) with controversial calls. It would be interesting to see the betting lines and the money involved in those games. I know the NFL thinks it cannot be done but boy the officiating is a mess…………..and not getting any better.

  10. The tech is there but nfl is stubborn. You don’t need anyone other than players and someone to spot the ball on the field.

  11. When are these terrible refs ever going to get a fine or a demotion for being really bad at their job?? All fans just want the calls to be correct.

  12. It truly was a terrible call. But, let’s not forget that the Saints “defeated” the Vikings in the 2009 NFCCG (and went on to win the SB) due entirely to the hatchet officiating job done on the Vikings in favor of the Saints by Pete Morelli and his crew. There’s a 4-minute ESPN video on that on YouTube.

  13. Sadly people have short memories and this stuff gets buried and forgotten, the nfl knows that and doesn’t care

  14. saints4evuh says:
    November 14, 2021 at 10:39 pm
    Who has done more with less this year than Sean Payton? Nobody, IMHO.

    Who has done less with more these past few years than Sean Payton? Nobody.

    One Super Bowl appearance and one conference championship appearance despite having one of the most talented and complete rosters the last four or five years.

  15. Though I’m a Saints fan, and thought it was a bad call, to be fair it was a bang-bang play, and it looked like roughing at first glance. That said, Jerome Boger IS a terrible ref, and at a minimum he should have conferred with another official.

    And, that said, the Saints made other mistakes unrelated to the officiating that cost them the game. Tennessee is a good (but beatable) team, and you can’t miss two PATs and jump offside on a critical two point conversion and expect to win on the road against a good team. kudos to Mike Vrabel and the Titans

  16. “But he has nothing to say when he & Brees were the beneficiaries of these calls for 15 years.”

    Yeah, they really won big in the NFCCG 3 years ago. Honestly, every team gets lucky calls and every team gets crappy calls. You hope they aren’t at the highest leverage spots in a game, because thats all you can do when you have zero commitment from the NFL to actually fix the issue.

  17. Saints need a kicker that can make extra points. That is a much bigger problem. Saints have lost 3 games due to the missed kicks making them go for 2 or not kicking at all.

  18. Stop complaining and stop watching if you don’t like it. The refs deciding games is here to stay.

  19. There have been some bad ones, this was right up there among the worst of the bad ones. We have all seen our team victimized by it. We have all seen our teams get lucky from it. But its not going to change any time soon.

  20. As a die hard Saints fan it’s beyond ridiculous the calls that NEVER go our way.. these refs do any and everything to make sure we don’t win. Goodell is CLEARLY behind this. This isn’t the NFL it’s the WWE!

  21. Once again–
    Who does all this “fixing” benefit?
    Gamblers?
    They would have to be betting massive amounts to be able to afford what that would take.

    Tell me that and I’ll listen.

  22. face504 says:
    November 15, 2021 at 10:35 am
    As a die hard Saints fan it’s beyond ridiculous the calls that NEVER go our way.. these refs do any and everything to make sure we don’t win. Goodell is CLEARLY behind this. This isn’t the NFL it’s the WWE!

    Go back and watch the two roughing the passer calls the saints got in there favor a few weeks ago against the Bucs.

    Both of those were horrible and I didn’t see any saints fans complaining then.

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