Sean McDermott angry that officials didn’t flag low hit on Josh Allen

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In the third quarter of the Thanksgiving night game, Bills quarterback Josh Allen took a hit to the legs from Saints defensive tackle Christian Ringo. There was no flag, and Bills coach Sean McDermott was not happy.

McDermott referenced a roughing the passer penalty that Buffalo’s Ed Oliver got for a hit on Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian in the game and questioned why Allen didn’t get the same protection from the officials.

“I know we had the one penalty on the quarterback,” McDermott said, via the Democrat & Chronicle. “I thought they should be called for one, quite honestly, on Josh. I’m really frustrated that that doesn’t get called. That’s clear – clear as day to see that. I just want to protect my quarterback.”

Allen immediately looked to referee Brad Allen for a flag, but Allen didn’t give him one. Instead, Brad Allen seemed to be focused on looking downfield to see whether there was a receiver in the vicinity of Josh Allen’s pass. Brad Allen turned on his microphone to explain that there was a receiver in the area, which was why Allen wasn’t called for intentional grounding, but he gave no explanation for why there wasn’t a roughing the passer flag. That may simply be because there is no good explanation.

43 responses to “Sean McDermott angry that officials didn’t flag low hit on Josh Allen

  1. It’s becoming more and more obvious that officiating crews are responsible for the transfer of millions of dollars.

  2. I don’t blame the officials for missing a call here and there, I blame the NFL for not having a better system in place. With the technology and money available to them, perfection is attainable, but they don’t seem to care.

  3. pkrlvr says:
    November 27, 2021 at 10:50 am
    I don’t blame the officials for missing a call here and there, I blame the NFL for not having a better system in place. With the technology and money available to them, perfection is attainable, but they don’t seem to care.

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    I couldn’t agree more

  4. I’m a Saints fan and that was definitely a flag. Guess I’m just used to officials not doing their jobs at this point.

    You know officiating is bad when the team that won in a blowout is crying about it.

  5. Couldn’t tell for sure if Ringo was blocked into him or not, look almost like offensive lineman tackled Ringo into proximity of Allen’s ankles. The call would have been offensive holding to create roughing the passer. Maybe a good no-call.

  6. If that potentially season ending hit were EVER to happen to Tom Brady, the firing squad would have been called in…..

  7. For comments like that, McDermott can expect a letter with a hefty fine attached.

    Jurrah Jones: Crickets.

  8. It sure looked like a flag should have been thrown. It will be interesting to see whether any fine is forthcoming as a result of this play.

  9. There is a direct correlation between penalties and uniform color. One team’s penalty is another’s text book play. Fortunately, Allen wasn’t injured.

  10. I’m starting to believe that the reason the NFL doesn’t make the common sense move to full-time officials is because they want to blame their game fixing on the refs being incompetent. If they have the refs as scapegoats then the orchestrated outcomes aren’t so obvious.

  11. Just more proof the refs are biased.
    Sorry coach, we missed the Roughing Penalty because we were too busy looking for a reason to flag your team. We couldn’t find one, but that’s why we missed watching the Saints. Sorry

  12. That’s exactly what I’m talking about when I say it’s humanly impossible for the best refs in the world to get every call right without video assistance. How can a human look at two things at the same time? And even he did see the low hit happen, was he watching the guy the entire play to make sure he wasn’t blocked into Allen? Why do you think coaches are always twisting their necks to look up at the video replay screen? The coach might have been watching something else. He needs help from video to see everything. There are 11 players a coach has to watch at the same time. It’s impossible. So either employ video assist, or stop complaining. That goes for coaches, players, and fans. Full time refs can’t watch 11 players at once. Not even if they work overtime. Continually talking as if full time refs would solve anything is a big swing and miss, too. Would the missed calls feel better if they were missed by full time refs? No. The league isn’t stupid. There’s a good reason they don’t want every game decided by the players. If you’re not asking for the reason, you’re way off course. The league is owned by 32 billionaires. They’re not stupid, and they’re obviously great at making money. The technology has been around for a long time to get every call right, without slowing the game down. They don’t want to get every call right. Ask them why, and don’t let them get away with playing dumb. Either that, or stop complaining.

  13. I found a clip of the play and watched it. No question it was a foul. No question it was dangerous and could have caused a serious injury. In addition, Ringo took at least three steps after his last contact with anyone else, so there’s absolutely no excuse that he got “pushed” into Allen. And finally, there was an official standing right there.

    And officials suffer no meaningful consequences for flagrantly bad officiating.

  14. This guy is so annoying. He’s like Whinebaugh Jr.

    Surely one of the most ironic comments of all time…the most annoying troll calling out a Coach not known as a complainer. Some people just don’t have a mirror in their house.

  15. Josh Allen and Cam Newton act like Superman running people over. The refs will treat them differently than they would say Tom Brady.

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    charliecharger says:
    November 27, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    That’s exactly what I’m talking about when I say it’s humanly impossible for the best refs in the world to get every call right without video assistance. How can a human look at two things at the same time? And even he did see the low hit happen, was he watching the guy the entire play to make sure he wasn’t blocked into Allen? Why do you think coaches are always twisting their necks to look up at the video replay screen? The coach might have been watching something else. He needs help from video to see everything. There are 11 players a coach has to watch at the same time. It’s impossible. So either employ video assist, or stop complaining. That goes for coaches, players, and fans. Full time refs can’t watch 11 players at once. Not even if they work overtime. Continually talking as if full time refs would solve anything is a big swing and miss, too. Would the missed calls feel better if they were missed by full time refs? No. The league isn’t stupid. There’s a good reason they don’t want every game decided by the players. If you’re not asking for the reason, you’re way off course. The league is owned by 32 billionaires. They’re not stupid, and they’re obviously great at making money. The technology has been around for a long time to get every call right, without slowing the game down. They don’t want to get every call right. Ask them why, and don’t let them get away with playing dumb. Either that, or stop complaining.
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    The unpire is also watching the play, he could have called it since the ref was looking at the pass.

  17. The irony is the Bills took a cheap shot at Carson Wentz’s legs in the Colts Bills games. I guess he doesn’t like it when the shoes on the other foot as they say.

  18. Not sure if full time officials would make a difference. The official either sees a foul or not. The NFL could have a whole stable of rich full time officials and they will still miss calls. All we can hope is that missed calls will not contribute to more injuries or the outcome of the game.

  19. Let’s all be honest here if possible, everyone on the planet knows if that same hit or low tackle was on Brady a flag would of been thrown. If you all can’t agree with that then you have not been watching Tom Brady play the QB position for 20 plus years.
    I would like to see the officials held to a higher standard and less determining the outcomes of games. Coaches and players jobs are on the line here. This is a multi billion dollar program so you cannot tell me this is the best the NFL can offer. Why aren’t ALL penalties or lack of penalties able to be reviewed? All we are talking about is more commercial time ours which last I checked meant more revenue for all.
    Hate seeing the lesser team win games when they get 40 yard PI calls late in games that aren’t penalties, or in some cases lack of a penalty and causes a team to lose. We all see it week after week the 40 yard plus long ball slightly underthrown in hopes to get a flag. Too many things could be corrected or adjusted that would give more quality to the games being played IMO.

  20. The referees are all over the place one does not officate like the next, or the one after. The rules have gotten so twisted and layered in some instances you can see officials trying to negotiate the rules, not really watching the game. Every action seems to draw a flag. Or not, depending on the ref and the moment. There is ZERO, ZERO consistency in NFL rule application and as a fan it’s beyond frustrating at times to try and decipher what’s going on in the game I thought I knew so well. IMO

  21. touchback6 says:
    November 27, 2021 at 11:44 am
    This guy is so annoying. He’s like Whinebaugh Jr.

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    This post is the very definition of lack of self-awareness

  22. “It’s becoming more and more obvious that officiating crews are responsible for the transfer of millions of dollars.”

    How do you figure? The spread was 7 points and the O/U was 45points. Neither was affected by the missed call.

  23. “Hate seeing the lesser team win games when they get 40 yard PI calls late in games” what games do you watch, the good teams are the ones that typically get penalties. Some teams you can almost count on it if they are down with 2 minutes left.

  24. The thing is, you can’t leave it up to the refs themselves to reverse a call. That was proven during the DPI challenge years. They don’t have enough integrity. These calls need to be reversed by the league as it happens, kind of like they do in the NHL. Not stupid ones like holding or whatever, but personal fouls and interference.

  25. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Gambling has become prevalent not just in the NFL but all sports. The leagues endorsement of legalized gambling on it’s games fuels more suspicion that games are fixed. (not that this one play changed the outcome of the game), not that they are fairly played and officiated unbiasedly. I didn’t used to think so, but the more I see of the NFL, the more I think it’s reality.

  26. They also missed two blatant taunting penalties against the Saints at the end of the first quarter, but Bills fans have come to expect having to play against two teams every game.

  27. haughville says:
    November 27, 2021 at 2:46 pm
    The irony is the Bills took a cheap shot at Carson Wentz’s legs in the Colts Bills games. I guess he doesn’t like it when the shoes on the other foot as they say.**************

    Nice try. Go watch the replay, your olineman pushed Mario Addison into Wentz. Bad flag by the ref. Should have been picked up.

  28. brees4mvp says:
    November 27, 2021 at 10:59 am
    I’m a Saints fan and that was definitely a flag. Guess I’m just used to officials not doing their jobs at this point.

    You know officiating is bad when the team that won in a blowout is crying about it.
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    It would be one thing if the officials were consistent with late hits/roughing the passer, but they are not… So when it happens it needs to be brought up every time… regardless who wins or loses. Change doesn’t come from the quiet and passive.

  29. Yeah I would have thrown a flag on that one.

    The only thing i see is the QB made four half hearted steps away from the falling lineman and they gave the lineman a pass because of it.

    If I was the coach I would be more pissed he didn’t get on his horse move out and make the screen pass work.

  30. I don’t think it’s too much to ask for consistency in calls. It’s not the officials fault either. The NFL provides them no tools to figure this stuff out.

  31. Get used to it, Sean. Ngata broke Roethlisberger’s nose with a head slap one time,w/ no flag. The refs won’t protect the big QBs. Only whine-boy Brady gets that attention.

  32. Too many phantom touching the qb calls already. Protect your qb by running the ball instead of league making more rules. Sports are all becoming unwatchable except for hockey.

  33. godkingskovald says:
    November 27, 2021 at 10:31 am
    It’s becoming more and more obvious that officiating crews are responsible for the transfer of millions of dollars.

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    People love saying this but it makes no sense. How did this play have any effect on gambling on this game, specifically? The Bills were already up and well on their way to covering. If the refs were trying to get the Saints back in the game why not call Allen for the intentional grounding that was clearly open to their interpretation on the very same play?

  34. The officiating is terrible. As a Saints fan, I agree with McDermott. It was a penalty. It should be called. I don’t understand how the “hit” on Tannehill was a penalty a couple weeks ago and this wasn’t. While I don’t buy the gambling narrative, this terrible and inconsistent officiating just fuels the fire.

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