Mike McCarthy has talked to league office about officiating already, plans to address further

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The Cowboys and Raiders played a penalty-fest on Thanksgiving, and Dallas coach Mike McCarthy isn’t happy about it.

McCarthy said today that he has been in contact with the NFL officiating office and plans further discussions about Thursday’s tightly officiated ball game.

“This game was totally off the trend line, as you can see as far as statistics. I’ve already talked to the league this morning, and I anticipate a second conversation, maybe this afternoon,” McCarthy said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

McCarthy is correct about the statistics: Raiders-Cowboys was the first NFL game in 18 years in which both teams were assessed 14 or more penalties for 100 or more yards.

“Yesterday’s game was extremely frustrating. It was very herky jerky. The officiating was a big part of the game,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy acknowledged, however, that his team needs to learn to win ugly. That’s what the Raiders did yesterday, while the Cowboys lost ugly.

53 responses to “Mike McCarthy has talked to league office about officiating already, plans to address further

  1. That ref crew has thrown the 4th most penalties this season. How bad must the top 3 be? From the viewing point of a football fan the refs made the game hard to watch.
    Remember that was 28 accepted penalties. There were plenty unaacepted ones.

  2. Stop crying about penalties. It was called the same on both sides and YES the PI at the end WAS the correct call. From pop Warner to high school to college to the NFL you can face guard but if you’re not going to look back and play the ball and you make contact with the WR it’s a penalty plain and simple.

  3. Can you imagine if BB did this? And, it’s not like NE hasn’t had all kinds of opprtunities to show how horrible some of these calls have gone against thwm for years now as revenge against their success.

    Isn’t McCarthy on the Competition Committee? Isn’t this him trying to use his influence to try to shape future games?

  4. The Cowboys didn’t lose because of the officiating. They lost because they ran Zeke instead of Pollard.

    And, yes, I’ve seen much worse officiating over the years.

  5. The Cowboys lost that game all on their own – both teams were heavily penalized. That said, the endless flags produced an unenjoyable and unwatchable game. Hochuli and his crew seem to think they are the sole reason fans watch games.

  6. The officials were bad but Mike McCarthy is a bad coach. He rode Rodgers coat tails to a Super Bowl in Green Bay. Get rid of him Dallas.

  7. McCarthy’s “talked with” with the League office this morning, but really it was with their voice mail.

  8. A multi billion dollar organization can afford to have full time refs. Especially considering they are responsible for such an important aspect of the game and their decisions always affect the outcome of the game. Heck, Goodell could pay them with his walking around money..

  9. Have to look in the mirror here. Even if Hochuli’s crew calls more penalties, you still have to recognize that and have discipline as a team, and historically the Cowboys and Raiders tend to have a higher penalty rate than some other teams. If the game were fixed it wouldn’t be the same high amount on both teams. It was just a tightly called game, and instead of having your team adjust and play cleaner, they just complain instead.

  10. These refs have proven they cannot reliably enforce the rules in real time. It’s to the point now where every flag should be reviewed; but if there’s an efficient process in place all flags could be reviewed before the next snap and nobody would even know unless it’s overturned.

  11. Allow coaches to challenge penalty calls, just like they can challenge other plays. If a lot of penalty calls get overturned, the league won’t be able to ignore which refs are screwing up.

  12. I’m glad the Raiders prevailed because if that phantom false start on the Raiders center head-bob had cost them the win, there would have been even more complaints. Even Jim and Tony had no idea about that one. And to be fair, Anthony Brown should have been pulled before that 4th – and costliest – DPI.

    But… for both teams to have been penalized a field and a half in yardage, Hochuli and his crew need to be on a conference call today with the league office. No, don’t let blatant things slide, but don’t interrupt the flow of the game for what every offensive lineman does on every down either.

  13. Right. Instead of COACHING your players to avoid penalties, let’s complain when an official throws a flag when your player actually commits a foul.

    And 13 of the penalties were dead ball penalties (False Starts, NZ Infractions, Illegal Formations, etc). That’s on you, coach.

  14. Sore loser when they go against ya at the worse time n hey its the game n they go both ways when it goes in your favour said no coach ever huh folks ??.

  15. Hochuli learned well from his father. He thinks the fans came to see him. Cowboys didn’t lose because of the officiating but that was one of the worst officiated games I’ve ever seen. Hochuli seems to have a problem with the center lifting his head when he snaps the ball. Even Romo called him on it. NFL in general is the worst officiated sport of the Big 4 pro leagues.

  16. touchback6 says:
    November 26, 2021 at 1:25 pm
    Can you imagine if BB did this?

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    The rest of us are imagining what his board would be like if you would only honor your bet

  17. Both Dallas and Las Vegas were the most penalized teams before this game. Maybe, just maybe, McCarthy should coach better.

  18. flash1224 says:
    November 26, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Stop crying about penalties. It was called the same on both sides and YES the PI at the end WAS the correct call. From pop Warner to high school to college to the NFL you can face guard but if you’re not going to look back and play the ball and you make contact with the WR it’s a penalty plain and simple
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    Not PI. First, the DB did nothing as far as contact because much more is allowed in regular plays than result in no call at all. Second, face guarding is not thing in the NFL rulebook. I wish people would stop mentioning it. Third, nowhere in the NFL rulebook does it say if a DB doesn’t turn his head around, it’s PI. These things are just not there. I’ve seen plenty of times when a DB is running, facing the receiver and the ball hits him in the helmet and no PI is called. This was essentially the same thing at the end of game accept the ball didn’t hit him in the head. Should have been no call at all.

  19. Officiating in the NFL is an absolute travesty. Having said that, most coaches say “We shot ourselves inthe foot” or “We shouldn’t have been in the position for the refs to impact the outcome of the game like that” not “I’m talking to the head office. Accept responsibility for a undisciplined team (including a little punk punch by one of the Cowboys after the game) and get control.

  20. Both teams were officiated by the same crew. The difference is one team found a way to win. McCarthy is just mad he lost on Thanksgiving to an interim Head Coach.

  21. The league has to know this was a terrible look in front of a huge holiday viewing audience.

    They best make sure the playoffs aren’t called like this game was

  22. The procedure call on the raiders center was questionable, otherwise the PI calls had to be called. Blame it on poor coaching and not the refs.

  23. They were averaging 9.6 penalties per game going into this game. They have 2 games of penalties over 10 (11 & 12). They are a very undisciplined team. Even if some of the questionable penalties against them were not called, they still would have committed over 10 penalties.

  24. nite2al says:
    November 26, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Not PI. First, the DB did nothing as far as contact because much more is allowed in regular plays than result in no call at all. Second, face guarding is not thing in the NFL rulebook. I wish people would stop mentioning it. Third, nowhere in the NFL rulebook does it say if a DB doesn’t turn his head around, it’s PI. These things are just not there. I’ve seen plenty of times when a DB is running, facing the receiver and the ball hits him in the helmet and no PI is called. This was essentially the same thing at the end of game accept the ball didn’t hit him in the head. Should have been no call at all.
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    If there is contact that prevents the receiver from making an attempt to catch the ball, it is pass interference. There are two exceptions to that rule, 1) if the WR and DB’s feet get tangled, or 2) if the DB has turned his head toward the ball and is playing the ball. That is the way the officials are told to call that play and the way the players are told how it’s going to be called.

    I’ve seen those types of PIs called in Dallas’ favor several times this year, but Jerry is only complaining now that they went against him. All 4 were PIs and there were 2 others that should have been called. If you don’t want PIs, don’t call man coverage on every play.

  25. sonhoodoo says:
    November 26, 2021 at 2:29 pm
    Both Dallas and Las Vegas were the most penalized teams before this game. Maybe, just maybe, McCarthy should coach better.
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    The raiders have had incredibly low amount of penalties all season until this game. Is the fact remains the same that the raiders are the most penalized team in pro football and the incredible and profound fact is that the least penalized team in pro football is not any specific team, it’s whatever team is playing the raiders.

  26. The game gets faster every year – and the game gets more complicated every year to officiate. Always several new rules, nuances, points of emphasis, everything. The league has found that the best way to push the game in the direction they want, is to mess with what constitutes a penalty. Want better passing offense? Want less physical pass coverage? Want more close games? Want more random outcomes? It becomes just genuinely difficult to officiate. The whole full-time thing is great, good idea. But having a referee sitting at a desk all off-season isn’t solving the issue of the rules changing, fans having bigger TVs, fans being significantly more monetarily invested, etc.

  27. At least 2 of the Anthony Brown PIs were bogus. A 3rd one was questionable. Not to mention a bogus holding call on Tyron Smith and a non existing roughing the passer on Micah Parsons. There were some bad calls that went against the Raiders as well but nothing like the terrible calls on Dallas

  28. What is there to cry to the league about? Don’t commit the penalties and you have nothing to complain about.

  29. Just not a good look to complain about penalties when you lose.

    Unfortunately, the game was over-officiated, but both sides suffered. Instead of whining about it the day after you lost, why not compile video (with commentary from the CBS crew) pointing-out all of the tricky-tack calls (on both sides). Better yet, coordinate with the Raiders coach who was probably equally displeased with the way the game was called and try to affect change that way.

    Just a thought.

  30. Unless he can produce video evidence, of purposefully bad calls, he needs to shut and and be fined! If his team is coached so bad as to be called that many times that is on him. Jones take notice.

  31. It sounds like the guy who speeds all over town and then keeps complaining every time he gets a ticket. I’m sure the refs would love to sit down with any coach or any fan, and in front of a nationally televised audience, go over every call in slow motion and point out every call was correct. I mean, if you have a defensive back that commits four fouls, he’s liable to get called four times. Don’t blame the refs for getting the calls right. There’s no quota on penalties. It’s not like after two penalties, a defensive back can grab the WR every play because he already limited out. This isn’t fishing. There’s no limit.

  32. sonhoodoo says:
    November 26, 2021 at 2:29 pm
    Both Dallas and Las Vegas were the most penalized teams before this game. Maybe, just maybe, McCarthy should coach better.
    —————————————————————————————————
    Funny you should say that since the Cowboys have the same number of losses as the least penalized team (which is the Bengals).

  33. nhpats2011 says:
    November 26, 2021 at 2:26 pm
    touchback6 says:
    November 26, 2021 at 1:25 pm
    Can you imagine if BB did this?

    ——

    The rest of us are imagining what his board would be like if you would only honor your bet

    29 4 Rate This

    ——————-

    LIAR

    I hate Newton and it was my bet. Period. There is no way I would
    offer to banish myself permanently with Cam Newton. You lying will not work. The former guy in the White House repeatd a lot of lies, too. Repeating lies means they are still lies.

    The greatest GM and Coach in NFL history exposed you and other imbeciles.

    You are a friendless Millennial loser who cannot be a Pats fan. Go troll somewhere else, Jets fan. You’re fooling no one.

    Ya lost and lost big.

  34. First off pass interference is simply to big of a penalty. They need to adopt the college rule. 15 yard penalty. I’m tired of calls that could go either way end up being a 60 yard penalty on the defense. In fact I’d also make offensive holding a 5 yard penalty. Again often times these calls are very close to being a non call and a 10 yard penalty can easily kill a drive. I don’t believe the refs are trying to give one team or another the advantage but these 20 plus penalty games are getting unwatchable. Not sure what the answer is but games are so much more fun to watch when the refs only throw the flag on blatantly obvious penalties.

  35. Not a fan of his at all, but the man was always a true professional in Green Bay.

    This is the worst look imaginable.

  36. First off pass interference is simply to big of a penalty. They need to adopt the college rule. 15 yard penalty.
    ==========

    No. Never.

    Any pass play over 30 yards, DBs would just maul the WRs, which would be equally unwatchable.

  37. I’ll admit I didn’t watch every down, but did watch most of the game because it was Thanksgiving football. I don’t follow or particularly care about either team. But the only calls that looked off to me were the false starts on the Raiders, especially that really minor head-bob (compared to the major head-bob by the Packers the previous Sunday that was called). I would be curious about what specifically McCarthy has a problem with. His only complaint right now seems to be that there were too many calls, not that any of them were wrong.

  38. The officiating crew cost Seattle a win and gave it to Pittsburgh. That one was talked about for years.

  39. The officiating crew cost Seattle a Super Bowl win and gave it to Pittsburgh. That one was talked about for years.

  40. I’m no fan of either team but the PI flag that decided the game was terrible. The DB grabbed shirt mid-route but when the ball actually entered the scene and became catchable, the WR’s arms were free to make the catch but the DB’s body (helmet) blocked the ball which is perfectly legal. You can block the ball with any part of your body, that’s called out-positioning the WR, which is also known as good defense. The game is called football, not refereeing. Let the players play.

  41. Whether the officiating was fair or unfair,it doesn’t change the fact that the Cowboys are regressing.

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