Criticism of NFL referees overshadowed Monday night time’s sport between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions as gamers and even one Hall of Famer chimed in on the officiating.
Lions defensive again Tracy Walker was flagged for pointless roughness on a play by which he collided with Packers huge receiver Geronimo Allison. Walker mentioned after the sport he was simply making an attempt to go for the ball and described the decision as “awful” – a phrase he would use a number of instances to describe the officiating.
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“Awful. It was an awful call,” he mentioned, in accordance to ESPN. “I felt like I went for the ball and [it] just so happened we collided, but I was looking for the ball. It was an awful call by them. It is what it is, though.”
Referee Clete Blakeman defined within the pool report that regardless of intent Walker’s helmet-to-helmet contact will all the time draw a penalty.
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Walker, a second-year security, expressed his frustrations to reporters with the referees after the Lions’ 23-22 loss to the Packers.
“Extremely pissed off right now,” Walker mentioned. “It is what it is. Disappointed. Hurt. We had that game. I’m going to say the same s—t. We should have won it. It is what it is, though. Got to bounce back.”
He added that though there have been some “awful calls” he is aware of the staff had to play by way of it.
Walker was requested if he cared whether or not he will get fined for his feedback, he mentioned he didn’t.
“Detroit vs. Everybody,” Walker mentioned, in accordance to the Detroit Free Press. “I’m saying it. Detroit vs. Everybody. It’s awful.”
Detroit defensive finish Trey Flowers additionally had bother with the officiating as he was flagged twice for unlawful use of palms. According to ESPN, he defined precisely what he was doing.
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“I actually changed the position of my hand, because it was to the chest initially,” Flowers mentioned. “Which is right here. I was doing it all game. I didn’t know that was a flag to the chest, so I could change it to [motioning somewhere else on his chest]. They called it again.”
Walker and Flowers’ frustrations had been echoed by Hall of Fame working again Barry Sanders.
“That is sickening… the @NFL needs to look at a way to prevent that from happening. Two phantom hands to the face calls really hurts us tonight. Yes, we could have scored TDs, but @Lions played too well to have the game end this way,” Sanders wrote in a tweet.
Detroit was known as for eight penalties for 50 yards. The Packers had been additionally flagged six instances for 48 yards.
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“We all know we can’t have those penalties, whatever it was that caused those to take place,” Lions coach Matt Patricia mentioned, in accordance to the Detroit Free Press. “We’ll go back and take a look at it and make sure we’re coaching it better, make sure we’re doing the right things. Just can’t have them. We know how dangerous Aaron Rodgers is and how detrimental those penalties are.”