(FootballStL) -- The loudest cheer on Sunday came when St. Louis Rams guard Harvey Dahl told the referee, who had his microphone on, that he did not hold the pass rusher...and then he got another flag for explaining it with colorful language.
“I know this, and Harvey and I talked about it, it does no good anyway to voice your opinion to the official after the call has been made,” head coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I don’t know that I have ever seen any player talk an official out of throwing a flag.”
And it was just that kind of day for the referees who threw 21 penalty flags between the Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I did ask the referee to please try to call it both ways,” Spagnuolo said. “If it is going to be called and we are going to protect, let’s protect everybody. Now I am not saying whether it was or wasn’t. I am just saying that is all I asked. That was the only thing I said, was if we could try to be very consistent.”
“If you would replay some of the stuff, I am not the kind of guy that will tell on somebody, but it was going both ways,” safety Quintin Mikell said. “For some reason we were the ones getting picked on. It is what it is.”
Well, it may or may not have been consistent, but the penalties were even for the most part. Ten penalties went against the Rams for 109 yards. The Bengals were penalized the other 11 times for 101 yards. And after the game, it was a topic of discussion in the Rams locker room with players who admit that they knew better coming into the game.
“We knew going into this game that this officiating crew were amongst some of the higher ones at throwing penalties out there,” running back Steven Jackson said. “We just didn’t play smart. We weren’t heady about situations.”
“I just saw a lot of flags flying late,” defensive end Chris Long said. I can’t speak to the nature of them, honestly, because I didn’t see them. There were a lot of penalties. I mean, that’s an obvious statement by me.”
“I am sure there was frustration, but it is a tough sport, it is a rough game,” defensive end Robert Quinn said. “I guess pushing and shoving is all a part of it.”
For the Rams sake, hopefully the frustration is out of their system before facing the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.
by Scott Bierman, FootballStL
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