Originally posted by cciowa:
when you blame the refs for a loss you are usually in denial that the players themselves were responsible. many people allow their blind loyalty to certain coaches and even their own team cloud their judgement. The coaches and players need to be held accountable for their poor play in large chunks of that game but if it makes you feel better to just blame the refs, knock yourself out. I think I recall saying those two games you made reference to were directly affected by refs but again, in my opinion those are two games in a million that go that way.
If you've read any of my posts about this, you must know that I primarily blame the defense for the loss. In all 47 Super Bowls, no team allowing 34 points or more has ever won and in only 1 out of 47 Super Bowls has a team scoring 31 or more points, not won. And, as far as coaching is concerned, that last set of plays was a debacle - no argument. But, you can also make a case (as Baalke already has) that the failure to do more rotating on the d-line is a "philosophical problem." I interpret that as a criticism of coaching philosophy.
But, having said that, you've got to admit that there were problems with the refs. There is clear helmet to helmet contact on one of Crabtree's plays that was ruled an incomplete pass and it happens right in front of a ref. That's the one that bugs me the most because it is a clear violation of the rules and in every single game I saw last season, that would have been ruled unnecessary roughness and it would have been half the distance to the goal, 1st down. That was not a judgment call like pass interference or whether holding happened after the five yard barrier ( it did, since they were on the five yard line, by the way). And, of course, there were quite a few other problems, but why keep re-hashing them. All I can say is that the refs were partly responsible for the loss and I'm not sure how anyone watching that game could even think otherwise.
[ Edited by GNielsen on Jun 2, 2013 at 11:36 AM ]