MIAMI GARDENS, FL. – Ravens coach John Harbaugh was upset with the officiating after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. He felt the Ravens got a bad spot during a second-quarter drive when they were stopped on fourth down. And Harbaugh felt Ravens wide receiver Daniel Brown should not have been called for pass interference, a call that wiped out a 52-yard TD reception by Brown.
Both calls occurred when the game was still scoreless, and could have turned momentum in the Ravens’ favor.
Here’s what Harbaugh had to say about Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub being marked short of a first down, on fourth-and-inches from the Dolphins’ two-yard line.
“The surge clearly went past the six inches or less that we had to get,” Harbaugh said. “He didn’t give it to us on the spot. You can’t challenge that, because in New York if they can’t see the ball, they’re not going to overturn. Whenever you get surge, the quarterback’s got the ball right up by his chest and he’s in there behind that offensive line, that’s a first. It always is, always has been.”
Harbaugh was even more livid about the pass interference call against Brown, when it appeared Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain simply fell down.
“I think (the official) got it backwards,” Harbaugh said. “He didn’t tell me that, but based on what I’ve been told…he (McCain) pushed off and fell down, and Brown didn’t push at all. He must have just gotten to it backwards. He’s a rookie. He messed it up.”
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