Indianapolis Colts owner takes to media to blast officials following Cleveland Browns disastrous defeat

Indianapolis Colts owner takes to social media to blast officials following Cleveland Browns defeat
Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the officials after Indianapolis’ 39-38 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has a bone to pick with NFL referees and how they officiate games, especially close games.
On Tuesday, Irsay took to Twitter to explain what the NFL told him after the Colts’ 39-38 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. They were beaten after a string of controversial calls late on which extended the Browns’ final drive before they scored a game-winning touchdown.
“The NFL admits and understands that they did not make the correct calls at end of Sunday’s Colts/Browns Game,” Irsay said. “I believe we need to institute Instant Replay for all calls, including Penalties, in the last two minutes of All Games.”
For a team owner to reveal what the NFL told them regarding officiating and outcomes typically is unheard of. That said, for Irsay to take umbrage with how the game ended makes sense.
Nursing a tight lead in the fourth quarter, the Colts were called for two penalties that would have put the game out of reach. Instead, the Browns were able to capitalise on the penalties to escape with a one-point win after a drive by Nick Harris at fourth and goal.
Instead of improving to 4-3, Indianapolis dropped to 3-4 – only one game ahead of the Tennessee Titans – while the Browns improved to 4-2 on the season, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for second in the AFC North.
Whether Irsay’s comments will force the NFL to take action and improve its replay system is another topic. Now, the league has tried to improve the replay system in hopes of keeping the game as objective as possible, although teams may not like the call.
To improve officiating, in 2021 the NFL expanded the retakes rule to allow officials and other members of the officiating staff to assist referees in specific situations.
If a decision is questionable, officials at the NFL’s league office in New York will be authorized to assist on-field officials in making the correct decision on the play, according to the football operations website federation stone.

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