There were a lot of things that went wrong for the Denver Broncos during their 23-7 home defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, but officiating was the one that annoyed me the most. It’s one thing to just play poorly - as the Broncos did - but its another to feel like the officials were not calling a fair game.
While I focused in on the completely lack of holding calls on the Ravens offensive line that seemed to hold every play, it was the more dangerous non-calls that stole the day.
This textbook example of not only a defenseless receiver hit, but the defender lowered his helmet which is another big no-no in today’s safety-focused NFL. Or so we were led to believe by the NFL’s own PR efforts. There was also a no-call on the play that concussed Teddy Bridgewater. Both were mentioned in a question to Broncos’ head coach Vic Fangio on Monday.
“They should have been called, obviously, but they weren’t,” Fangio said on Monday. “I sent a video in to the officiating office during the week showing similar hits that they’ve had and gotten away with, and it continued. You can see sending videos to the officiating office can be fruitless at times.”
The fact that Fangio saw the Ravens played a little careless and took the time to send the video evidence to the league officiating office only to see your team get burned by non-calls on the exact thing you warned them about has to be infuriating.
The Broncos lost and I think they would have lost even if the officials had correct made these calls. I’m just irritated that they are allowing teams like the Ravens play dirty even as their opponents are trying to warn them that they play dirty. Denver lost their starting quarterback to it and who knows what negative outcomes are felt from that for the Broncos in the weeks to come.
As for Fangio, his message to the NFL may have been laced with salty, but his message to the team was one of moving on to the next one.
“We haven’t met today yet as a team,” Fangio said of his message to the team. “We will here shortly, but it’s just time to move on. It’s a 17-round fight. We lost the fourth round. We’ve got to get off the stool and go answer the bell for the fifth round.”
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