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Joseph: How about the refs get it right?

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Broncos’ head coach was not happy with the missed call on the two-point conversion - and he has a point.

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Since the Broncos pulled out a comeback victory Sunday, complaints about the officiating were kept to a minimum in post-game pressers.

But there was obvious frustration - especially when head coach Vance Joseph was questioned about not challenging the spot for Case Keenum’s attempted two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.

The coach’s first defense - and a very accurate one in my opinion - was “how about they get it right?”

“I don’t want to challenge it — get the call right. How about that? Don’t always put it on us. Get the call right,” Joseph said, adding that he thought Keenum scored but didn’t have a view on the field or from upstairs. “If you don’t have a view upstairs, how can you challenge it with no view? It’s going to be inconclusive, and it’s going to go back to the field call. If it was good, get it right like we have to. How about that?”

I don’t blame the coach here - if you’re not confident in the evidence that it would be overturned, it’s a tough call. But I’m not going to die on any hills saying Joseph shouldn’t have challenged it; it’s just not absurd that he didn’t.

But that missed spot wasn’t even the worst of the officiating on Sunday.

Let’s review...

An unnecessary roughness call on Justin Simmons?

How about a ridiculous offensive pass interference call on Tim Patrick?

Rod Smith certainly didn’t agree with it.

Chris Harris Jr. - who has been outspoken before about bad officiating and had a questionable PI against him - didn’t hold back this week either.

“Man, that was a dog fight. [The refs] tried to give it back to them, man. There were a lot of questionable calls,” he said. “They tried to give it back to them, but we were able to still overcome it and still get the win.”

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