Posted Fri Oct 17th by Monty
Denver Broncos cornerback Dre Bly has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for his comments on the officiating after the team’s 24-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend.
Bly vented his frustration at two questionable calls made by the officials during the game – two calls that turned the tide in the Jaguars’ favor. First, an illegal contact penalty called against Bly in the third quarter raised eyebrows; Bly was tackled by opposing wide receiver Reggie Williams during the play. The third down penalty gave the Jaguars an automatic first down where they should have been forced to punt; the extended drive resulted in a Jaguars touchdown and 14-point lead.
Broncos safety Marlon McCree was later flagged for pass interference while the Jaguars were driving for ball possession and the win late in the fourth quarter. Replays clearly showed there was no foul on the play. The Jaguars would hold on to win by one score.
Bly suggested that the refs were harsh on the Broncos in response to questionable calls made in the Broncos’ favor in previous outings – “ref karma,” if you will. His sentiments were echoed by Broncos fans everywhere.
“I guess they’ve been evaluating us and say we won games we shouldn’t have won. So, I guess they’re going to get a call against us,” Bly said of referee Bill Carollo‘s officiating crew.
Bly says he plans to appeal the fine.
Those calls were bogus, there’s no denying it. Bly made it clear in later statements that everyone needs to just move on from this, and that’s what we intend to do – after this one last parting shot. Your crew were inventing penalties out there, Carollo – you know it, anyone who saw those plays knows it, and you shouldn’t be able to hide from it. Consider yourself lucky that the context of the Broncos-referee situation gives you guys a pass by the mainstream media. Broncos fans aren’t forgetting. If these calls had gotten the attention they deserved, you would be the one answering thousands of angry emails.