Dez Bryant on Refs: ‘Damn, Some Things Are Just Obvious’

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday despite a flurry of penalties from NFL officials. The Cowboys were called for 14 penalties according to my count. Normally, you are able to tell if the referees are going to be strict or simply “let the boys play”.  But during Sunday’s NFC East match-up, the officiating was terribly inconsistent. And that is what had Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant so upset during most of the game.

December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) on the sidelines in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Dallas won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

“I don’t wanna be a pain for the refs but, damn. Some things are just obvious….I don’t want to (frustrated)…if it’s obvious it’s obvious,” Bryant told the media after the game. “The guy was just looking at me like (dead stare)…like I wasn’t even there. I’m like ‘I know you see me talking to you, man. He holding me.’ I got kinda frustrated, you know, on some of the calls today. But I let it go and stayed focused.”

Ironically, it was a pass interference call involving Bryant in the endzone that resulted in the Cowboys first touchdown of the day. But even with the numerous “pink” flags that were being thrown up, there might have been just as many non-calls. Late in the first quarter, there was a late hit on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo that I’ve seen called 9 out of 10 times. Nothing. In the second quarter, Rookie wideout Terrance Williams almost had a critical third down conversion catch, but the Philly defender made contact with him early. That pass interference wasn’t called and forced the Cowboys to kick a field goal.

Later in the second quarter, Bryant made a shoe-string catch near the out-of-bounds line that was incorrectly called incomplete. Then, late in the third, Bryant absorbed a massive hit that had commentator Troy Aikman himself asking for a “hit on a defenseless receiver” call. Again, nothing.

When asked about a specific play where both Romo and him went over to an official to lobby for a call, Bryant said a ref actually pulled out a flag and then put it back.

“The guy was getting ready to throw the flag. (Then) he put the flag back in his pocket. And I’m like ‘What?!? I don’t care if your having trouble getting the flag out. Still throw it!’…But, you know, it’s just how this game works. It’s just the way it is.”

The biggest slap in the face to Cowboys fans, in my opinion, was the J.J. Wilcox interception in the endzone that was overturned. I was 100% positive there was not clear visual evidence to overturn the call on the field. Again, I was wrong. These refs must have doctorate degrees in physics to overturn that one.  On top of this dandy of a call, the refs suspiciously picked up a flag on that same drive after the Eagles converted on a fourth down and one play. It was as if they were giving Philadelphia every chance they could to score and get back into the game. Obviously, as a Dallas fan, I’m bias. But that doesn’t mean something wasn’t rotten in the city of brotherly love.

Topics: Bad Calls, Blown Calls, Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, NFL Officials, Referrees

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  • ed

    Early in the game a ref intervened in a jawing match between two players. The Eagle shoved the ref,then grabbed his shirt and shook him. No flag. Twice during the game an Eagle player kicked the ball across the ground after a play. Just saying. These three were “no judgement required” calls. Blatant. I’m glad we won so I can complain about the refs.

  • Big D Fan

    I’d love to know what the refs were doing myself. Very one-sided and luckily they didn’t determine the game, they did however ruin the shut out because they overturned an interception, by somehow using x-ray vision to get definitive proof

  • SmartThinking

    When you’re the biggest dog on the porch, everyone nips at you trying to get you to move. Opposing players, the media, even the referees won’t cut him a break if for no other reason than he’s, arguably, the best wideout in the game today. Bryant would be well served to buck up, smile and beat all of them at his own game. No one’s going to help him or recognize that he has a legitimate point. And they’re never going to quit coming after him because he’s so overwhelmingly good at what he does. Hell, he’s a Dallas Cowboy, and one of the best. You know what’s coming, Dez. Close your mouth, suck it up and make them pay as only you can, with great catches, long runs, and tons of touchdowns.

  • Keith Ranson

    These Things Were ‘Obvious’ For The Last 2 1/2 Decades! However, Since Roger Goodell Has No Testicles To Address The Problem, There’s really No Hope it will be fixed.

  • n0ble

    I have been saying this all season. There is an obvious conspiracy here. The Witten being shoved out of the End Zone no call with the ref right next to him, the hair pull, late hits, overturns, pass int for and against us. It just seems like the NFL is doing everything it can to screw with the Cowboys. It is really sad when my 49ers fan friend is like, “Wow, I hate the Cowboys, but I am starting to believe your conspiracy theory.”

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