Monday, October 16, 2006

Mike Carey Referee Performance Week 6: NFL Referee

Please post a comment if you want to discuss referee Mike Carey and his performance in week 6, where Tampa Bay beat Cincinnati 14-13, with a controversial ending. Two calls were controversial: a sack on the final drive by Tampa Bay where Justin Smith sacked quarterback Bruce Gradkowski who fumbled (recovered by Cincinnati) but it was negated because referee Mike Carey threw a flag for roughing the passer.

Bengals Justin Smith: "I've never seen anything like that in my six years in the NFL." The official who made the call "must have season tickets down here."

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis criticized the call, saying "I guess you have to cuddle him to the ground." The Tampa Bay quarterback defended the call, saying "I felt weird . . . He kind of slammed me on my head. We got a good call there."

The second controversial call came with a replay challenge on the winning score -- whether receiver Michael Clayton had possession and scored a touchdown before landing and dropping the ball while hitting the field. The initial call was an incomplete pass, but after review, they called it a touchdown.

So, what do you think? Post your comment on whether it was the correct call, a horrible call, or a borderline call.


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