Hue Jackson is not in the business of making excuses for his team. He knows that all those yellow flags that follow the Raiders are more a result of careless mistakes than they are a league bias. Well, on Sunday Coach Jackson couldn’t take the high road any longer.
After watching his team give away another football field in penalties Jackson had something to say about the officials in Minnesota.
“I understand that I am a rookie coach and maybe I don’t get all the calls, but there is no way some of the things that happened should happen.
“Sometimes, I would get talked to as if they didn’t know what I was asking. I just don’t think it was fair. I asked several times for explanations and wouldn’t get them. … We can’t get the ref over here when there is a break in the action, but he is over there on the other bench having conversations with them. I have a hard time with that.”
While there are plenty of penalties are a direct result of lack of focus anybody who watched the Raiders win in Minnesota yesterday knows there were more than a fare share of questionable calls. How Aaron Curry could be flagged for hitting a “defenseless receiver” who made a catch and was running up field is as big a mystery as why American Idol is still popular.
How those same officials could lose track of the downs and nearly take away a play from the Vikings is also a mystery.
Safe to say Coach Jackson can expect to hear from Roger Goodell. The league frowns upon those who dare question and incompetent officiating crew.
However Jackson need only bring in a game tape with him to show the commissioner some of those phantom calls and inconsistencies. If Jackson feels as if he and his team are being disrespected then the only thing you can do is to just keep winning, baby. Complaints are fine so long as they don’t become a crutch if things go south.