Honestly, I have never seen anything like it my entire life. Oh I have seen bad calls before and I have seen teams get called for bad calls more than once. What is happening to Miami right now leaves me completely dumbfounded. It’s not the bad calls that are permeating my brain and raising my blood pressure, it’s the timing of the calls, the fact they don’t go both ways, and the multitude of them in general.
On Thursday the Dolphins were once again slapped with a penalty that was blatantly false and another that was blatantly missed. Both on Brian Hartline. Driving late to secure a victory the Dolphins WR was flagged for a pass interference after a 3rd down pick up. The replay clearly showed the defender slipping and falling down. Did Hartline have his arms extended? A little but not enough to force the defender to fall. The fall came because the defender tried to stop when Hartline did.
Later Hartline again was involved in a pass interference that wasn’t called this time around. Another third down play, this time in OT, Tannehill’s high pass sailed over Hartline but Hartline had no chance of catching the ball anyways with the defender draped over his body. The announcers were quick to ask where the flag was as did all of Miami fans.
A week ago the Dolphins were on the losing end of a referee battle that saw the Patriots storm back for a win after several bad calls were made. This has been an ongoing issue with the team since they faced Atlanta and it has gotten no better. The calls are even coming at critical times in the game when most referees allow incidental infractions that are more or less judgement calls. The Dolphins won the game on Halloween but they did it without any help from the officiating.