Among the many questionable flags during the Bucs 25-12 loss in Indianapolis, perhaps the most blatantly botch call was the “leaping” penalty on safety Chris Conte in the fourth quarter.
Lining up in field goal formation, Conte jumped over the pile in an effort to block Adam Vinatiere’s kick. In doing so, he was called for “grazing” his teammate, an illegal move that therefore gifted the Colts a new set of downs and subsequent touchdown to ice the game.
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Look at the tape, however, and you’ll realize that the only problem with the officials’ call was that Conte never touched his teammate. It was a clean jump.
“I was told – and I thought, which is why I was OK with the call – that we leaped and came down on someone or we used someone to leap across,” head coach Lovie Smith said Monday. “I thought that was what was called at the time, so (I thought) ‘OK, that’s correct.’ But that wasn’t the case.
While Conte’s effort would’ve failed anyway (he also never touched the ball), it still would’ve been a four-point swing and left more time on the clock for the Bucs’ offense to try to come back.
Smith didn’t sugarcoat his disappointment of the officiating Sunday, yet wasn’t going to use it as an excuse for the loss. In fact, after watching his own team perform in Indy, he could relate to a group of guys who might not have had their best performance on one afternoon.
“Just like we didn’t play our best game, I think officials, too, can go into games and say, ‘Hey this wasn’t our best game,”’ Smith said. “But we’re going to worry about us. They’re not going to be perfect always either, and they weren’t yesterday.”
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Only times I’ve ever seen that call has been against these same Colts. I could understand it if Simeon Rice or now Chris Conte were aided by a teammate being used as a launching pad or if they landed on a defenseless player. That rarely called penalty should be scrutinized by the Competition Committee to make it Ok to land on or touch an opposing player. Guess they could call it when a RB dives over the end zone too.
The actual call was not for leaping.
Believe the call was for hitting the holder as it was explained on TV.
It was called “leaping” because they claim Conte’s foot grazed the snapper. Nothing to do with hitting the holder; although that would have at least made sense.
That picture of the yellow flag should have BUC’s imprinted on it and passed out on game day to officials. Never ends.
He was called for touching a player on the leap! He also ran in to holder so take your pic!!
I’ll bet a lot of fans didnt realize there is a running into the holder penalty. Another week, same garbage. There are two sets of rules when the Bucs play: ones for them and ones for their opponents.
I could’ve accepted a call for running into the holder. Leaping was definitely a bad call and showed how this game went. Bad calls all around. Obviously the officials had Indy on their parlay this week!
The call was not for hitting the holder, it was announced as leaping and using a player to assist. The call should have been for hitting the holder which would have been the correct call. But like practically every other call the officials made on Sunday, they got that one wrong to.
This was, without a doubt, the worst officiated game I have ever seen.
This wasn’t the only game that was poorly officiated. The crew in the Rams game was criticized publicly by both coaches and was taken off a nationally televised game for this weeks game and put on a 1 p.m. game.
I’m sure that makes those two teams just bubble up with joy.
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