Bruce Arians unhappy with refs after blocked kicks by Rams

Dec 3, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians looks on prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he is not happy with NFL officiating after the Los Angeles Rams blocked two kicks with what he felt were illegal methods that were not called out by the referees on Sunday.

Arians said that the Rams ran over long snapper Justin Drescher for both of their blocked kicks, something that should not have been allowed as the rules state that the long snapper is a “defenseless player.”

“While (Drescher’s) head was down there was contact on him,” said Arians. “That’s a foul. I’m on the (NFL Competition) Committee so I know it’s a foul. He’s a defenseless player.”

Arians says the fact that there is so much access to replay and video nowadays is not exactly a good thing for officials who miss calls.

“Referees on the field tell you everything’s legal,” said the coach. “We have video now on the sideline. That’s the biggest nemesis for officials now (laughs). You feel like it’s not legal and you can’t get an answer and then on Tuesday or Wednesday you get confirmation (from the NFL) that, yes, it was illegal.”

However, Arians made sure to point out that Ron Torbert, the referee in question, is good at his job.

“Ron Torbert is a great referee. I had no problems with asking him anything,” he said. “But it’s the after-the-fact things. You send the tapes in and it’s, ‘Yeah, that should have been called, that should have been called, that should have been called,’ but it’s not and you get very frustrated with it. To me, it’s just the inconsistency.”

The Cardinals lost 32-16 to the Rams to fall to 5-7 on the season.

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