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October 03, 2011

Rivera asks NFL for explanation on Shockey penalty

   Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he has asked the NFL for an explanation of the offensive pass interference call against tight end Jeremy Shockey Sunday that nullified what would have been a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter of the Panthers' 34-29 loss at Chicago.

   Shockey asked for an explanation after the game and Rivera, who said Sunday he wanted to see tape of the play before commenting, said today he's raised the question with the league.

   "I did send it in and ask for an explanation," Rivera said, though he didn't say if he thought it had been an incorrect call.

   Rivera also said Shockey may have suffered a concussion during the Chicago game. Shockey will be put through the league's standard concussion protocol to evaluate his condition. Shockey is also dealing with a broken finger that was aggravated against the Bears.

   Meanwhile, cornerback Chris Gamble said he expects to be at full strength and able to play this week after missing the Chicago game due to a concussion.

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 3, 2011 at 03:20 PM | Permalink

Comments

That phantom interference call changed the complexion of the game.

Posted by: Lamont | Oct 3, 2011 3:37:47 PM

There were a bunch of inexplicable officiating calls this weekend. The NFL needs to look into who the officials are getting their paychecks from... the league or gamblers! We know it's happened in the NBA and it would be naive to think it doesn't happen in the NFL.

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 3, 2011 3:41:35 PM

Guys, this might make sense except for one thing - the Panthers covered! It was a crappy call, but I don't think it was sinister...

Posted by: Tim | Oct 3, 2011 3:53:50 PM

You never know how the game could have played out after that call, but I'd say the odds were about 75-25 that we would have won the game if that flag had stayed in the ref's pocket.

However, they have got to find a way to get past that stuff and find a way to win anyway

Posted by: Cat Man's friend | Oct 3, 2011 3:54:05 PM

First the call against JStew's 60 yard run vs. Jacksonville...now Shockey against Chicago...both bad calls.

Posted by: Rick | Oct 3, 2011 4:04:20 PM

I agree it was a questionable call. But the officials did not fail to tackle Forte all day and they didn't kick it to Hester or fail to tackle him...It is what it is...We picked a bad day to have a bad day...Wait a minute, who does that sound like?? At least we are in the games this season. Free agents will want to play here next year, because of Cam. We are not that far away from contending, maybe by next season. Go Cats!

Posted by: Jason | Oct 3, 2011 4:11:04 PM

Cat Man's friend makes a great point... even worse than the bad calls and bad breaks are the way this team seems to respond to stuff like that. Commit a turnover and the defense seems demoralized and gives up huge plays on the next snap.

Offense down by the goalline gets two huge penalties to back them up and kill the TD opportunity.

Special teams... do we even need to bring up what every 10-year old in the stand apparently understood better than our head coach and Special Teams coach? YOU DON'T KICK TO HESTER!

If there is a single humorous aspect to this it's the fact that all the Cam bashers are going to have to finally start accepting the FACT that he is playing more like a veteran than a lot of the veterans!

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 3, 2011 4:19:40 PM

The officials aren't to blame for throwing it 50 times despite 6.1 yards a rush. Trying to guarantee Newton is a top fantasy QB and rookie of the year clearly isn't winning us ballgames.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 3, 2011 4:26:51 PM

John from Harrisburg? Sounds like a lie. This race baiting loser idiot with no life has 95% of the posts on all the boards and forums under 500 different names. What part of Harrisburg? Street? Number? Area?

Posted by: Mike from Harrisburg | Oct 3, 2011 4:37:37 PM

Speaking of Cam haters, Procton has now been heard from. Yawn.

Smith was also averaging 22.6 yds/catch and Olsen 10 yds/catch. Bottom line is the Cats scored all the points they should've needed, but defense and special teams gave up more. So any criticism of the offense is just plain off the topic and nothing but BS!

One day even YOU Procton will get over your Cam bashing habit. He's doing all he can do, but he doesn't play defense of special teams... you DO watch the games, right?

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 3, 2011 4:38:36 PM

michael procton obviously didnt watch the game. its a team game, newton had nothing to do with the fact that the d gave up 200 yards and special teams resembled a vacuum.

Posted by: zach | Oct 3, 2011 4:40:38 PM

Yes, that absolutely horrible call on Shockey lost the Panthers the game. They DID in fact over come Hesters return game and all the penalties they shot themselves in the foot with. That was clearly the wrong call, no matter which way you look at it. Unless Tom Brady was playing safety, that TD should've counted and 100% would have changed the outcome of the game!

Posted by: Mike | Oct 3, 2011 4:42:39 PM

Yes, that absolutely horrible call on Shockey lost the Panthers the game. They DID in fact over come Hesters return game and all the penalties they shot themselves in the foot with. That was clearly the wrong call, no matter which way you look at it. Unless Tom Brady was playing safety, that TD should've counted and 100% would have changed the outcome of the game!

Posted by: Mike | Oct 3, 2011 4:42:39 PM

Yes, that absolutely horrible call on Shockey lost the Panthers the game. They DID in fact over come Hesters return game and all the penalties they shot themselves in the foot with. That was clearly the wrong call, no matter which way you look at it. Unless Tom Brady was playing safety, that TD should've counted and 100% would have changed the outcome of the game!

Posted by: Mike | Oct 3, 2011 4:42:39 PM

Yes, that absolutely horrible call on Shockey lost the Panthers the game. They DID in fact over come Hesters return game and all the penalties they shot themselves in the foot with. That was clearly the wrong call, no matter which way you look at it. Unless Tom Brady was playing safety, that TD should've counted and 100% would have changed the outcome of the game!

Posted by: Mike | Oct 3, 2011 4:42:40 PM

Hey Panthers, how's that replacing John Kasey with Olindo Mare working out for you? Two missed field goals and setting the opposing team up for a TD with a 73 yard kickoff return because you kicked to Devin Hester in the middle of the field?

Two missed field goals, gave away 7 with the kicking miscue, then Baker repeats the mistake on a punt and gives up 7 more... that's 20 NET POINTS to the Bears because of special teams mistakes! Add the 7 points the officials took away on the non-existent Offensive interference...

Take those out and Panthers score at least 10 more points (one of the missed FGs wouldn't have happened without the Shockey call) and the Bears would've had to prove they could score the 14 points without the returns. Assuming the would've... then score likely would be Panthers 39 and Bears 34... and given that the Panthers stopped a number of Bears drives, it's even more likely one of those two TDs wouldn't have happened with a longer field.

Either way you cut it... the Panthers lost due to any one of four situations: 2 missed FGs, TD called back, Either of the kicks to Hester. Take any ONE of those away and Panthers scored enough to win. You want to try to lay any of that on Newton and you're going to get laughed right out of the conversation!

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 3, 2011 4:53:14 PM

Uh, Procton.

YOU are the only one who said anything about race. Oh, and by the way, I am white and I wasn't convinced about Newton at the draft but chose to give him the benefit of the doubt... something you are quite obviously unfamiliar with. I'm a "no life loser"? YOU are the one resorting to personal attacks because you ran out of rational facts. I enjoy lively debate, but you came unarmed so I will happily ignore you going forward.

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 3, 2011 4:57:55 PM

i agree with several earlier comments. for once, offense isn't the problem here. lets face it, losing those LBs affected us on a critical level; I don't think Forte runs as freely on a healthy Beason and Davis.

Sorry to play devil's advocate, but while you could tell that offensive PI was a horrible call in replay, things happen so fast, all the refs saw was a hand go out and then that defender's fragile, already falling self hit the ground. In real time, I can see how that horrible call is made. Frankly, I think judgment call flags should be reviewable somehow, especially if they involve scoring plays or PI, which can be a huge yardage call.

Posted by: Jason Alston | Oct 3, 2011 5:12:35 PM

shockey beat his man so bad that he tried to grab shockey when he was falling to stop a touchdown and shockey got called for interference! 4 games and 4 touchdowns called back in every game!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 3, 2011 5:27:25 PM

The officials never called that helmet-to-helmet hit on Steve Smith from Brandon Meriweather.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Oct 3, 2011 5:50:49 PM

The officials never called that helmet-to-helmet hit on Steve Smith from Brandon Meriweather.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Oct 3, 2011 5:50:49 PM

Despite all the issues, we still could have won simply by making a few more tackles and playing better in the red zone. We have only ourselves to blame. We'll get there, but defense and special teams need to be fixed now.

Posted by: Kenny | Oct 3, 2011 6:04:03 PM

Kenny you are right but here is what I think...the refs and perhaps some higher-ups in the NFL can't stand the fact that this young, "BLACK" QB has come into the league and taken it by storm. So they make this BOGUS calls that takes scores of the board and keep us from winning. I'm not trying to play the "RACE" card but look back at all the games and the calls we get. We are either in the Red Zone or we score. The league should take a look at this and put Refs who call Panther games on notice for this type activity.....

Posted by: Todd Gardner | Oct 3, 2011 6:13:38 PM

marty Hurney you are still on my #%@* list...why do we not have John Kasey??

Now that JR made you take Cam, what are you going to do to build around him? It is even more imperative that we get us a REAL GM so we can build around him....our Special Teamers suck (Hester ran right through tackles on both big returns)& that WR #17 you got us is a 4th wideout at best...the Edwards kid from App is no good, we have no return game at all on punts or kick offs...these are personnel issues that a good GM would have seen a mile away...and while we are firing people I want our Medical Staff & Mick Mixon gone too....they all suck too

Posted by: bull123 | Oct 3, 2011 6:36:36 PM

I just dont get it. We have 3 former defensive cordinators as coaches, Rivera, Meeks and Mcdermott. So why is it our defense SUCKS. I know we have a young team, but DAMN.

Posted by: napoleon34 | Oct 3, 2011 7:01:00 PM

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