Oct 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; General view of a referee hat on the sidelines during the game between he Jacksonville Jaguars against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Win, Dolphins Still Battle Bad Calls


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.

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  • Trevor O’Connell

    Is it just me or was that PI on wallace near the end deserving of an ejection. It was a cynical tackle to save the touchdown and was basically blatant cheating… in soccer if the last man back makes a professional foul like that it’s an automatic ejection.

  • Jim W

    Brian, Couldn’t agree more. Actually, this has been going on for years. Remember the Rothlisberger “fumble that wan’t”. Or simply watch ANY Patriots game to see the other team get hosed in a similar manner. And can somebody tell me when Cam Wake is going to draw a holding call? He is held or just plain tackled on virtually every play. I completely agree with Terrell Suggs comments about Goodell interfering in games. Can’t have teams like the Dolphins beating the fair-haired children of the NFL now can we. Look at how the ridiculous officiating began immediately in the 2nd half of the Pats game. The call from Goodell had come in at halftime. And now the TV folks are joining in by moving the Chargers game From 1:00 to 4:05. We lose the advantage of making a west coast team play at 1:00. Hard enough to beat 11, damn near impossible to beat 18 (and TV).

  • tpl

    This is going to start effecting ratings. Fans will leave in disgust.

  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    The ball was uncatchable on that Hartline pass interference fans thought should have been called -overthrown by Tanne the refs were wrong in the holding call though – brutal loss 4 Bengals Re: Geno Atkins ,,, that’s going to hurt , good for Dolphin fans to get a win at home . All games , including my Buccaneers have bad calls – a lot warranted ..some in our favor some not – it’s a shame but it happens & why we all scream at our sets shouting Wtb ?