[Ed. – Granted, the officiating has been dreadful, but that includes missed calls against his offensive for holding, a point on which Brady has been silent.]
The NFL’s officiating has gotten so bad, players and coaches are no longer afraid of getting fined.
After another weekend of head-scratching calls, members of multiple teams sounded off on the league, its referees and even commissioner Roger Goodell.
San Francisco offensive lineman Alex Boone went on the longest tirade against the referees, but Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also had choice words about the officiating in what has been a tumultuous season for the zebras.
Brady could be seen yelling and pleading with officials after a number of plays down the stretch of Sunday night’s loss to the Broncos, the Pats’ first defeat of the season. He was most animated late in the fourth quarter after the refs wiped away a crucial first-down completion to tight end Rob Gronkowski with a phantom offensive pass interference call.
“They just feel like there’s a push-off,” Brady said in his weekly spot on Boston’s WEEI. “It’s obviously different than what I thought, because I’m looking at it, too. But they’re the ones with the flags, and they blow (the whistle). You hate to see it come down to stuff like that. But there were a lot of plays last night that just didn’t necessarily end up the way that we would had hoped, and there was a lot of things we could have done better. I’m certainly not going to sit here and blame the officiating.”