Shanahan Says Refs "Did A Heckuva Job"

Denver Broncos' Head Coach Mike Shanahan reviewed the tape of Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, and after his review he commended the job the referees did that day. In fact, Shanahan went so far as to claim the officiating crew did a "heckuva job":

"I grade officials all the time. You take a look at offense, and defense, and special teams and you send a report each week. This was the best crew in the last 20 crews that I've graded. They did a heckuva job. Every game that you see that's within a point or a field goal you can go back and there might a non-call, there might be a call... that's the nature of this game. You've got to find a way to win. We've still got third and 10. We've still got to get it in the end zone. Third and 10, fourth and 4, and then we've got to make a 2 point (conversion). It's not like somebody gave you a touchdown. So you gotta go in there and still get it done."

Of course, San Diego Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner had the polar opposite response, a response echoed by Chargers fans world-wide:

"On the last play, it was clearly a fumble. Ed came over to me and said he blew it. That to me is not acceptable. This is a high-level performance game. It's not acceptable to have a game decided on that play. Our guys fought to come back. They competed in all phases and it's just disappointing to have that kind of performance spoiled by that call."

The bottom line is the officiating crew (Ed Hochuli) and the Denver Broncos combined to make for an unfair playing field, and in a league as respected as the NFL, that is completely unacceptable. Regardless of how bad or how well the players on the field are performing, the game's outcome should never be left to the discretion of the officials. The NFL will review the rules next year, so if there is one thing the Chargers can take solace in, its that they were involved in a bad play that will likely forever change the rules of the game for the better.

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Anonymous said... Sep 16, 2008, 3:11:00 AM

I think the refs did a terrible injustice to the Chargers Two bad calls that I saw made the Chargers lose that game Especially the last call the Hocculi was clearly wrong and it cost the Charger's the game. How Shannahan can was say the refs did a heckava job is beyond me, only because he won based on that bad call. It should have been reversed When a bad call is made on the field, there should be a rule change to allow the ref to overturn the game. Very, very bad. Shannahan should not feel good about that win. In essense it was a dishonest win.

Anonymous said... Sep 16, 2008, 9:59:00 AM

Of course SHANARAT thinks the refs did a heck of a job, his team got a free 15 points out of them!!!

Dave said... Sep 16, 2008, 10:46:00 AM

If they did so well, then why is Hochuli getting reprimanded by the NFL? He wont be able to coach the playoffs now and might lose his job in the future.

M. A. said... Sep 16, 2008, 11:04:00 AM

"The bottom line is the officiating crew and the Denver Broncos combined to make for an unfair playing field"

What exactly do you mean by that? How did the Broncos contribute to create "an unfair playing field?"

A horrible call by Hochuli - absolutely. But I'm not certain how Denver acted in an "unfair" way. And for the record, every team has fallen victim to bad calls. You all are complaining about two fairly obvious calls, granted. But Shanahan is probably referring to the performance of the entire crew over the entire game. All the little things that aren't readily apparent when watching the game on tv.

I don't know how they can change the rules regarding inadvertent whistles. Do you then not flag anybody for hits after the whistle? Because that will happen alot, otherwise. You are taught to play until the whistle blows. Hits after that are against the rules. How do you award possession when half the players on the field stop upon hearing the whistle?

Should Denver have taken a knee after Hochuli's bad call? Ask yourself this, would Norv had told Philip to take a knee if the roles were reversed?

Lastly - "A dishonest win"?? Are you implying that Hochuli intentionally blew the call so that the Broncos would win? If so, that's quite a leap of logic to take, even after your team lost due to a bad call.

Rob Zepeda said... Sep 16, 2008, 12:16:00 PM

@ M.A.

The replay equipment mysteriously "not functioning" sounds incredibly bush league to me. But I guess if you're not cheating, you're not trying right? Just ask the Patriots...

And couldn't the officials have reviewed the fumble play in New York since it was under 2 minutes (if I remember correctly) and overturned the call on the field?

Anonymous said... Sep 16, 2008, 12:20:00 PM

they were sucking shanahan's dick and they helped his team win.

Anonymous said... Sep 16, 2008, 2:09:00 PM

Typical SD fans crying about "how we got screwed again". Denver dominated you in the 1st half, you could not stop them when it mattered. Yes the inadvertent whistle was terrible, but once the whistle was blown, the refs got the call right – tough to argue that. Unfortunately the underlying rule is ridiculous. As for the other “bad call”…. Let’s not forget about a SD touchdown pass that was clearly bobbled after seeing it on instant replay. Things like this even always even out even if you cry baby Chargers fans don’t think so. Go Pats!

Cody said... Sep 16, 2008, 3:12:00 PM

It's really interesting the way certain events look depending on your personal bias. Giving any team extra chances inside the 15 (1st half) or 10 (2nd half) yard line on clearly blown calls in the home team's favor have to be talked about. You are talking about a 15 point swing here, in a game decided by one point. How can Shanahan applaud this performance? It was tough to watch.

For the last Pats fan, don't forget that part of the Bronco's "domination" in the first half was a free goalline possession on another obviously blown call, due to "mechanical difficulties" in the replay booth, when everyone at home and at the field could see that Champ stole a dead ball.

It's easy to applaud the refs when you win, but let's not lose our sense of reason whilst cheering our teams on....

Anonymous said... Sep 16, 2008, 3:42:00 PM

Blown calls go both ways. The "Free" goaline possesion mentioned is easily "offset" by a TD catch that was really a bobble. How many other "questionable" calls were made this weekend? Maybe none as bad as "the fumble", but plenty to be sure (like the mysterious holding call that negated a TD for SD). Good teams don't make excuses, great teams still find ways to win. It appears the Chargers don't fall into either category this year.

M. A. said... Sep 16, 2008, 4:14:00 PM

My point is that some Chargers fans seem to think that this was intentional on the part of Hochuli - that he was cheating for the Broncos. Thats a load of crap. Also, I say again, if the roles are reversed, would Turner have just said, "You know, that was a bad call. So we're just gonna give you guys the ball on the next play"?

I highly doubt that.

Sean Thomas said... Sep 16, 2008, 5:20:00 PM

What would Mike be saying if things were opposite? All he should say is that when given the opportunity his team got the job done. Im a die hard Charger fan and we had two calls that clearly contributed to the game ending up the way it did. As for Denver being upset by the Chambers call they had a right to challenge and choose no to. We got hosed were still going to find away to make it into the playoffs. By the way Donkey fans I asked the question to my brother at the game on who would you rather have Rivers or Cutler. I think Rivers proved his worth. With a hobbled LT and Gates. Rivers used Sproles, Chambers, and Jackson to put on a hell of a show. If he had 10 more seconds he would of got us in field goal range. while throws a terrible pick that wouldve given the Donkeys and 8 point lead and than dropped the ball. He made two uncluth plays and two nice plays with no preassure by the Bolts sorry defense. Rivers better than Cutler

Kyle said... Sep 16, 2008, 7:09:00 PM

Leave it to AFC California teams to claim conspiracy...

Anonymous said... Sep 16, 2008, 9:22:00 PM

Does it really make you fools better when you say Donkeys? How lame is that? I laugh when bloggers use playground bully tactics.

In Denver we say Chargers. Why because you don't intimidate us with your brilliant history of lame teams and non sellout crowds. Yes you got hosed. Deal with it! If you think you are so superior than get over it. As for Cutler vs Rivers, let us let history decide these things while we watch and enjoy. There is to much left in these two careers to start the crowing qb's. Cutler has proved nothing and Rivers has proved the same with a better team. The only things that stands true is the you have none and we have two. Vince Lombardi baby.

Anonymous said... Sep 16, 2008, 9:24:00 PM

Those refs sucked so bad. We would killed the Broncos if it had not been for those refs. This has to be George Bush's fault.

M. A. said... Sep 17, 2008, 5:08:00 AM

Umm...Sean? Are you reading this, Sean? Rivers has ridden LT's coattails ever since he entered the league. You'd take Philip over Cutler? Dude, put down the pipe. Now call Narcotics Anonymous. Seriously. I think you need an intervention.

Anonymous said... Sep 17, 2008, 8:53:00 AM

To the worst fans in the NFL:

Bottom line, you had three chances to come away with the win, and you failed on all three attempts. Average teams bitch and moan about the refs, great teams overcome bad refing. Yes it was a fumble and should have gone the other way, but the Broncos didnt score on that play did they? They got moved back to the 10 yard line. Get over it, there is still 14 games to go.

Cody said... Sep 17, 2008, 9:20:00 AM

You know what's really funny? Cutler totally CHOKED on the goalline and dropped the ball. If Hochuli hadn't blown the whistle like a rookie, everyone would be talking about how he failed, which he did. Luckily, they got another chance, and he made a great couple plays there afterwards. How easy is it to say "move on" when your team was gifted a total of 5 more attempts inside the 10? I'd just like to hear a bronco fan admit they were given the game.

Also, comparing Chambers' catch is not accurate. The replay clearly showed he had possession over the goalline, which is why the Broncos did not challenge.

Mike said... Sep 17, 2008, 10:01:00 AM

That little wrinkley snake in the grass. He is one piece of crap for saying such retarded stuff. But screw him everyone says how great Culter is, he choked 2 times in the red zone! But of course we got screwed on the most important/obvious call of the game!

M. A. said... Sep 17, 2008, 10:33:00 AM

So I guess what I'd like to know is - was the blown call intentional? It sounds like that's what all you Chargers fans think. And if that is the case, then I'd strongly suggest that y'awl get yourselves some therapy 'cuz you are like around the bend paranoid.

Anonymous said... Sep 17, 2008, 11:12:00 AM

Cody, they did not have 5 more chances inside the redzone, were you high? It was 3rd and goal from the 10, then fourth and goal from the 4. And a two point conversion. If my math is correct, that would be 3

Anonymous said... Sep 17, 2008, 11:42:00 AM

Everyone chill!! Justifiable or not... we (Chargers & fans) come off nationally as whiners and bitches with all this uproar. Yes, it's a tough call to get over, my wife had to clear the kids out when it happened. But what freaks me even deeper is the fact that 2 weeks in a row we have valiantly overcome significant deficits and handed the game to our defense with a touchdown required, and watched helplessly as Carolina and Denver waltzed downfield to improbable victory.

We MUST figure out how to create pressure (which is what our defense was built around) without Merriman - either through trade or scheme or both. Coopers return will help but not transform this unit to legitimate championship quality. I love our offense, which should continue to improve as it heals ( LT, Gates, Hardwick, McNeal) but the prospect of relying on shootouts against strong offensives like Indi, Denver, NE, Pitt... does not bode well for our playoff prospects given the 0-2 hole.

Anonymous said... Sep 17, 2008, 2:00:00 PM

I like hamburgers.

Cody said... Sep 17, 2008, 8:41:00 PM

I was talking about the 1st quarter snafu in addition to the 4th quarter, so actually that's more than 5. But seriously, the Broncos took advantage of those spots well, and no one expects them to take a knee in those situations. I think it will be quite a different situation in a few weeks when they play again in SD, though. And I am not suggesting that there is any conspiracy, just that it wiil be very hard for the Broncos to be so fortunate again.

Anonymous said... Sep 19, 2008, 8:30:00 AM

i think i heard that shanahan quote before. oh yeah, 'heck of a job, brownie'.

Anonymous said... Sep 20, 2008, 6:21:00 PM

Broncos are bush leauge. No class, QB will always suck. I'll kick some Donkey butt

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