Originally posted by cciowa:
some things are not worth answering unless the question is " why on earth does it seem like fans of other teams think 49er fans whine all the time" blaming the refs is a built in excuse to shift the focus from the players and coaches taking responsibility for their own poor play and poor coaching. i think you will find in every loss we have had in the last year plus, for every "controversial call" you will find a trail of bad play, mistakes and horrid coaching that were the big factors in the loss.. however if it makes you feel better to think a ref is in the 6th floor of the book store and another ref is in the grassy knoll and another stole the brain of ck,, knock yourself out
I agree with you in general. Our coaches and players should take primary responsibility for all our losses, because it should never come down to one bad call (or no-call) that decides the game. At the same time, however, close games between good teams happen. We were playing against the Saints, in the Super Dome, where they have been blowing teams out. Just a week prior they had totally manhandled the Cowboys there. We were in it throughout the game, thanks almost exclusively to our defense.
This was a crucial drive with a little over 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter and the 49ers made a defensive play that caused a turnover and would have prevented the Saints from scoring. However, the referee decided to get involved and throw the flag on a very iffy penalty to say the least. If Brooks had led with his helmet or actually took a blow to the head, or even unnecessarily slammed him to the ground, then I would say they have to make that call. But Brooks hit him at the shoulder and chest level, dislodged the ball, and cradled him to the ground. In a situation like that, you don't throw that flag, because otherwise you are involving yourself in deciding the outcome of the game.
Remember that in the Super Bowl, many people said that technically Crabtree was held, but that the officials should not throw that flag in such a crucial situation because they would then be deciding the game. So why doesn't the same apply here? Keep in mind that saying that does not absolve the coaches and players from ultimate responsibility for the loss. If the offense had played remotely better we would not have been in this position to begin with. But a bad call is a bad call, and we should still have the right to criticize the officials for giving themselves a part in deciding the outcome of the game.