Arians: ‘Many problems’ in officiating in Philly
Arizona coach Bruce Arians says there ”were obviously very,
very many problems” with the officiating in the Cardinals’ 24-21
loss at Philadelphia.
Of particular concern were three plays near the end of the
One was a holding call on safety Tyrann Mathieu that negated
Patrick Peterson’s interception. Another was a holding call on
linebacker Matt Shaughnessy on the Eagles’ final possession. A
third was a no-call when the Cardinals felt there was pass
interference on a fourth-down incompletion to Michael Floyd the
last time Arizona had the ball.
Asked if he felt the calls will cost the Cardinals a playoff
spot, Arians said, ”It possibly could, but I think a lot of things
have to happen here in the last four weeks. I would hope that we
give up all that talk this week and just focus on the St. Louis
The Cardinals (7-5) are home against the Rams next Sunday.
Arians said he sent ”about 15 plays” to the NFL for review by
Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating.
”The proper channels have been followed,” the Arizona coach
said, ”and obviously there were very, very many problems” with
Arians said Blandino ”does a great job. He’s very honest with
it. I’ve already gotten most of the answers. I got them before I
left the locker room yesterday.”
Arians declined to share what he was told, but asked if he gets
any satisfaction from those answers, he said, ”No, I just get
The Cardinals had rallied from a 24-7 deficit to cut the
Philadelphia lead to 24-21 when Peterson intercepted Nick Foles’
pass at the Eagles’ 43 with four minutes to play. But Mathieu was
called for holding on the play. It would have been the first
interception Foles has thrown this season.
Arians said ”there’s no doubt in my mind” that the Cardinals
would have scored had Peterson’s interception stood.
”We (had) just put a good drive together,” Arians said, ”and
only needed 10 yards for a field goal to tie it.”
The Cardinals did get the ball back at their 10-yard line with
2:03 to play. But on third-and-five from the 15, Carson Palmer
missed an open Andre Roberts, then on fourth down, Palmer’s pass to
Floyd was incomplete.
The Eagles took over on downs and, on third-and-four from the 9,
Shaughnessy tackled Foles for a loss but was called for holding,
giving Philadelphia a first down and the ability to run out the
”He (the Philadelphia player) was blocking Matt on a bootleg
play,” Arians said. ”Matt threw him to the ground and sacked the
quarterback. … It happens every time a guy tries to block you and
you sack the quarterback. It was one of those problems (with the
That’s the way Shaughnessy saw it, too.
”He was blocking down on me, and I was fighting the pressure,
pushing him outside and he tried to release,” Shaughnessy said.
”I threw him down and then I went after the quarterback. I thought
it was a sack.”
Linebacker Daryl Washington drew an unsportsmanlike conduct
penalty for complaining vehemently about the call.
Mathieu avoided any complaints about the call against him when
he spoke to reporters on Monday.
After the game Sunday, the Arizona rookie said he thought ”it
was a good play. I was just trying to be a good defensive back and
was trying to get a good jam on him.”
Even if mistakes are acknowledged by the crew headed by referee
Tony Corrente, nothing can be done about it now.
”As long as everybody owns up to it, you move on,” Arians
said. ”It’s part of the game. We’re here working our tails off
this week. Those guys (the officials) are back at their other
Officiating aside, Arians said the Cardinals, who fell a game
behind San Francisco for the final NFC wild card spot, made too
many mistakes early against the Eagles and regressed after a
four-game winning streak.
He said the team can’t afford to dwell on what happened in
Philadelphia. Going into the game against St. Louis, Arizona has
lost eight straight against NFC West foes, including three this
”If we’re ever going to do anything, we better start winning
our division,” Arians said. ”That’s our only focus this week. I
don’t want to hear about anything else in our locker room except
winning a division game.”
Notes: RB Andre Ellington, who missed Sunday’s game with a knee
injury, won’t practice Wednesday, Arians said. ”I’m hoping to have
him out there Thursday and Friday, but we’re not going to rush
him,” the coach said. ”He’s too young and too valuable to cause a
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