The travesties continue to hinder the Dolphins, and the remnants from last weeks loss to the Tennessee Titans continue to follow the Dolphins everywhere this week.
The overtime loss to the Titans could bother any fan, so imagine how hard it must have been for the players to cope with the fact that they had the game almost in hand, until the wheels on the bus just fell apart all in one swift movement of the arm.
Yes, with Chad Henne’s interception, the wheels to the Dolphins bus began to disband.
The plot really began to thicken after the interception, where Michael Griffin tried to intentionally ground the ball, and end the play, but was never touched after he slid to the ground.
The whistle had supposedly blown, but none of the players on the field claim they heard it.
Dolphins receiver Greg Camarillo making a heads up play, ran over to Griffin, and with all of his momentum going towards Griffin, Camarillo appeared to tag Griffin rather roughly.
This rough tag garnered Camarillo and the Dolphins a 15 yard penalty at the time, and later, a $5,000 fine for Camarillo, from the NFL. The fine came just in time for Camarillo to receiver his little “Christmas present” from the league.
While Camarillo, and the rest of the people associated with the Dolphins organization disagree with the call, the VP of NFL officiating, Mike Pereira had this to say on the call, and fine:
“I don’t see the intercepting player trying to get up and run. He clearly gave himself up, and that’s the first part of the play,” Pereira said. “There’s no attempt to get up. [Camarillo] comes up and bangs him pretty good, even in slow motion. We’re out to protect players, and when a player gives himself up we don’t feel that he has to be hit.”
I have to disagree with Pereira on several facets of his quote.
First off, slow motion only makes the call even worse! It makes it look like Camarillo did not intentionally wallow Griffin, it makes it look accidental, and makes the refs look bad.
Pereira says this type of stuff all of the time to cover his referees behinds.
What else is he supposed to do, but this game was rather awful from the zebras standpoint.
Camarillo did the right thing in making sure Griffin was down, and unlike a quarterback sliding to the ground to stop the play, I do recall that any other player does not have that same power.
So wouldn’t this make what Camarillo did right? Wouldn’t this make what Camarillo did a heads up play instead of a bonehead one?
The refereeing in this league continues to amaze me, and some of the fines that they hand out are just plain ridiculous.
Camarillo did not do anything to deserve this fine except for hustle his butt off, and made a heads up play to ensure that Griffin was down. I guess the league is trying to make this a flag-football league instead of tackle.
This guy would be happy with that!