Atlanta Falcons fans everywhere screamed simultaneously at their televisions as the officials handed the Seattle Seahawks an undeserved victory Sunday afternoon. Faced with imminent defeat, Richard Sherman predictably relied on grabby shenanigans and
because the football gods hate us a clear pass interference penalty went uncalled. Twitter lit up with furious reactions, just like those we saw from both head coach Dan Quinn and, of course, the victim himself, Julio Jones.
Richard Sherman's ability to get away with pass interference is elite. #ATLvsSEA— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) October 16, 2016
Quinn and quarterback Matt Ryan did their best to be professional in their post-game pressers but secretly I was hoping they'd both launch into expletive-laden tirades. Quinn did reach out to the NFL's head official, and for what it's worth, they had a "good conversation." (Credit to the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter for the quote.)
"I had a good conversation with Dean Blandino," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Wednesday. "I'll keep that conversation private between he and I. But we did talk this week."
I'm not entirely sure what that means, and to be frank, it's probably what Quinn intended. For him and for the players on the team, this is over. It's done. It's old news. If I had to guess, Blandino's explanation was probably something like this. (Go read Ziegler's piece now, if you haven't already; it's well-written and gives the casual observer some valuable perspective.) Blandino will himself rely on this example going forward as he lobbies the NFL for incorporation of an 8th official.