A season’s worth of frustration over how their games have been officiated erupted into anger for the Dolphins Sunday, with one veteran player saying he’s never argued with the refs as much he did in Miami’s win over the Cardinals.
The Dolphins were flagged 14 times for 118 yards Sunday, but some were more incensed by the call that was not made.
Calais Campbell hit Ryan Tannehill low late in the third quarter, causing a knee injury that knocked the Dolphins quarterback from the game and likely ended his season. Those are the type of hits that the league has tried to legislate out of the game, but the officials did not flag Campbell for roughing the quarterback.
“I was the one blocking him. It looked like it was illegal to me,” said Dolphins tackle Branden Albert.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase didn’t see it that way; he told reporters that it appeared that Campbell was making a football play.
The explanation players got from the officials was that Campbell was blocked into Tannehill, but many Dolphins found that ridiculous.
“That's what happens when you go low,” said Dolphins guard Jermon Bushrod. “That's just what happens. ... I don't know, man. We fight to protect quarterbacks. That's a tough situation.”
For weeks now, the team has had complaints about the officiating, have have communicated their concerns to the league.
But Sunday, those frustrations were given a voice by Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry.
“We've had to beat the team, the weather and the refs for a couple of weeks now,” Landry said. “It's something that's not my call to make, or anybody else's call who is wearing jerseys. It's those guys’ to make, and they didn't make it.”