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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians blasts officiating after loss to Titans

Over the years, the NFL has made adjustments to how their games have been officiated. They have intended to help put forth a better product on the field. However, the referees have continued to face backlash from some misjudgments that have impacted the result of the contest. That was the case in the Tennessee Titans win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a recovered fumble that could have been returned for a touchdown by the Buccaneers was whistled dead.

Following the game, head coach Bruce Arians voiced his frustrations in what he believes the officials not being held accountable, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.


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“It was more than just one play. Everybody except for one guy saw the ball out. [He] blew a quick whistle,” Arians said. “My biggest thing is, referees aren’t held accountable. Coaches get fired. General managers get fired. Players get cut. Referees aren’t accountable. And it’s a shame. It’s been that way for 40 years, and now that we’ve got a new agreement, it’ll be that way for 40 more years.”


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It was a judgment call that referees had previously allowed the play finish out before it was reviewed that way a potential touchdown wouldn’t be taken off the board. That was believed to be the case after the referees blew the whistle on a fumble recovered by New Orleans Cam Jordan that should have been a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams.

There is a need to make another adjustment that will come over the offseason. As a result, it’s just a matter of the NFL cleaning up that aspect of the game.

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