No matter how horrible of a call is made on the field, criticizing the officials on calls made in a game is a big no-no in the NFl. Ray Lewis, no stranger to being fined by the NFL commissioners office, may find himself writing another check to the “Human Fund” for retired players after his criticizing of the officials after the Ravens 15-10 loss to the Bungles.
After the game, Lewis blamed the referees for a six point difference which could have cost the Ravens the game over Cincinnati. The plays in question came from a controversial roughing the passer penalty by Terrell Suggs and a tripping penalty on Ray himself.
I know it’s hard to stay neutral when you are as passionate in football as I am for one specific team but the calls against Lewis and Suggs were absolute BULL SHIT! In case you don’t agree with me, we’ll hear it from the future Hall of Famer himself.
“Six points was given off of B.S.,” said Ray. “It’s embarrassing that you can put them in field-goal range off of two calls like that when they couldn’t get into the end zone themselves. That’s why everybody straps up their helmets to make sure if you’re going to earn it, earn it. But they didn’t earn it today.”
I’m sure everyone in Charm City agrees with Ray and can’t believe that some horrible calls may be the reason the Ravens lost the game. After watching this disaster in Cincinnati, I can see that the gifts we were given against the Jets won’t be replicated week to week. I hate blaming the officials and it seems that the Ravens are the scapegoat when it comes to a team blaming the men in zebra stripes, but eventually enough has to be enough. I don’t believe the referees cost the Ravens the game because of the piss poor performance of Joe Flacco, but the Ravens have to play better than every opponent they face, just in case they get screwed by horrible calls such as those we saw this week.
Update: Former NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira says call was wrong:
Mike Pereira, the NFL’s Vice President of Officiating from 2004-09, said the officials were wrong in flagging Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs for roughing the passer in Sunday’s loss at Cincinnati.
“While referees are instructed to err on the side of safety when it comes to protecting the quarterback, I feel the call was incorrect,” said Pereira, who now works for Fox.
He added, “Suggs made a form tackle on [Bengals quarterback Carson] Palmer. And while he did land on top of him, he did not appear to unnecessarily or violently throw the quarterback down and land on top of him with most or all of his weight, which is what the rule states. I can see why the referee made the call that he did, but to me, it was a normal tackle and not a foul.”