Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL developmental official Sarah Thomas during the second half of a preseason game between the New Orleans Saints and the Oakland Raiders at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Raiders 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Players Take the High Road Win, Lose or Draw

There’s a trend in the NFL right now, and I don’t like it. It’s not a new trend. But, somehow, it seems to have gone a bit more mainstream than it’s ever been allowed to in the past.

This trend is to blame the officiating for a tough loss.

Fans have been doing this since the beginning of organized sports. I can remember some of my first sports memories growing up as a kid, sitting in the bleachers behind the third base of my hometown Great Falls Dodgers (the AA farm team for the L.A. Dodgers.) My mom’s boyfriend used to take my brother, my mom and I to games in the summers. He wasn’t much of a vocalizer, but the family that sat next to us sure was.

(Note: Understand that this is a PG blog and thus, I can’t put what he actually said.)

“Come on, Blue! Are you blind?”

“Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? If that was a strike, I’m a monkey’s uncle.”

You get the picture. As we’d leave the stadium, it would be a steady stream of expletives on why the bad officiating cost the Dodgers yet another game.

Football isn’t the only sport where it’s okay to blame the ref. Anybody remember the Montreal Screw Job where Bret “The Hitman” Hart lost the title when referee Earl Hebner rang the bell without Hart submitting to the “sharpshooter?”

It’s all sports. Wait…what do you mean professional wrestling isn’t a sport? Those guys are athletes! Wrestingling’s not fake!

Sorry. I digress.

However, what should never be done, but what is happening more and more, is players publicly complaining about bad officiating.

Dec 8, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) tackled by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) at M

This weekend both the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks lost games. After those games, two of the biggest names in the league, Adrian Peterson and Richard Sherman publicly addressed the media, not just complaining about the refs, but saying they changed the outcome of the game. Peterson took to his Twitter account to express his outrage.

Sherman, on the other hand, took to the microphone — as he usually does — and had this to say following the Seahawks’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon.

“We didn’t project it to be this way. We expected to blow them out, but they got the benefit of a few calls tonight throughout the game, and that helps you especially on third down. We will see them again, and it will be a different result.”

Both of these players were involved in games that came down to the wire. Both games were separated by one score. And both games came down to big plays by their opponents where there was no penalty called.

December 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) runs past Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and free safety Earl Thomas (29) during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings were a part of what was probably the craziest two minutes of football I’ve ever seen. They lost after the Baltimore Ravens drove down the field with :45 seconds left and scored the winning touchdown with less than :05 on the clock. There were no penalties called for either team on the game winning drive. The Seahawks saw their narrow lead slip away when they allowed running back Frank Gore to slip through their coverage and scamper down the field for a 51-yard gain, setting up the 49ers for the game winning field goal. There was no penalty called on either team on that play.

Despite that, both of these “professional” athletes blamed the refs for losing.

So what does that have to do with the Chiefs?

NFLs-best-Top-10-offensive-tackles-of-2011-TO87TDG-x-largeAnyone who has watched a Kansas City Chiefs game in the last five years will notice something that happens on nearly every snap when the Chiefs are defense. Watch #91. Tamba Hali is held nearly every play. Sometimes it’s more discreet than others. Sometimes the offensive lineman has Hali in a head lock. But it happens on just about every play.

It’s hardly ever called.

When the Chiefs were on their three game losing skid, a lot of things were said. The defense was blamed for not getting to the quarterback. The offense was blamed for not putting up enough points. The coaches were blamed for not calling the right plays. But here’s the difference between the Chiefs and a lot of these other teams. While they all have their own personalities and egos and everything else that goes along with being millionaire twenty-somethings who play a game for a living, they never once blamed the refs for their losses against the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers.

They could have, but they didn’t.

What makes these guys different? Andy Reid has told them to go out and be themselves. He’s given some of the longer tenured Chiefs on this roster more freedom than they’ve had in years under the Scott Pioli/Todd Haley regime. But that freedom hasn’t turned into stupidity or diarrhea of the mouth like some of these other teams have displayed.

The bottom line here is, the Chiefs look inward at their recipe for success as well as why they’ve fallen in defeat. Instead of assigning blame — warranted or not — they’ve assigned accountability instead. This, along with other factors of this Chiefs team is why I believe they’ll continue to trend upward.

What do you think, Addicts? Is it okay for these players to publicly speak out on the officiating of the game, warranted or not? Or should these keep their mouths shut and just play football?

Sound off below. As always, thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS!

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  • Kansas City Rob

    The Seahawks should remember last seasons game versus the Packers, now that was help from the refs, replacement or not.

  • micah stephenson

    Knaw our guys will never blame it on the refs.

  • Jacob

    I think it’s very respectable of the Chiefs to be one of the few teams that don’t have someone come out and blame anyone but themselves for losing games. In fact, that’s something I realized earlier in the season. It doesn’t seem like the Chiefs have any divas on the team, which is great.

    But I can’t really say I’d blame Hali too much if he came out and said something about being held every play. Maybe it’s just the overly-passionate fan in me, but it’s rage inducing to see that and NEVER see a yellow flag on the opposing Offensive line.

  • T.Hagen

    I think it’s better they say nothing, but as a fan I like to gripe A little about what you said as far as the other teams holding our defense and it happens more than alot. The last first and last denver game really sticks out cause at the first half of both games there were massive holds on our defense, if denver doesn’t hold then egghead gets sacked and you know when the alien gets rattled the whole game changes and that would cause a ripple effect that probably cost us the game. Think about it, we get a coupla sacks possible fumble recovery, the defense takes advantage and we win both those games. Anyway it could happen but the king egghead gets favored and the Chiefs don’t get a holding call. Hate the Broncos but love them Chiefs.

  • Chris Tarrants

    It’s seems to be more of a problem this year than in years past. The refs are deciding the outcomes of game with bad calls and no calls. With everyone complaining maybe something will be done about this. I never like seeing cry babies but at the same time if you never call a spade a spade then they will not change.

  • Nicholas Michael Barnes

    Nice article. Well put. GO CHIEFS!

  • Arrowhead Magic

    I definitely appreciate that the team is willing to take responsibility for our team play, win or lose. But truthfully the refs have been pretty bad this year.

    • kcpauly

      They have been absolutely horrible, so very inconsistent on there calls, and if you are playing the NFL’s beloved Broncos or Pats. you might as well plan on playing the refs as well, the Broncos are some of the most cheating bastards out there and they hardly ever get called on it, ie. holding to save 5head from being creamed, picks, tripping, PI etc. etc. etc.
      Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!

      • T.Hagen

        You got that right.

      • RepOurChiefs

        And dont forget karate kicks..smh

    • Davé

      Horrendous truth be told. The PI calls are never called when they happen and always called when they don’t. Peyton and Denver being the biggest beneficiaries as if Peyton Manning can’t possibly throw and incomplete pass. It’s becoming like the NBA in here where all the big names benefit the most from the Refs. With this team its not even the lack of holding calls but the bullshit drive killers that are phantom calls. Several times phantom calls have killed drives for us or for our defense.

  • jeffromac23

    This has been going on for years I remember when Tony G was here on one play he was bumped after five yards held and interfered with and still caught the touchdown pass bad teams complain good teams just win. I remember Marty saying you just have to over come those things if you expect to win in the NFL.

  • GDL40

    I think it’s great Chiefs players dont do that….. I’m proud to be a Chiefs fan when it’s talked about them having class even more than when they win….. HOWEVER, I have no problem at all with players speaking up when it really happened like that. I hate it when they’re whining and looking for excuses, but if the refs really did blow it and it affected the outcome of the game, then I don’t see anything wrong with saying it…..there’s been so many stupid calls, some of them helped the patriots win a super bowl, that you have to speak up…… is a business after all, and it should come as no surprise if a lot of those bad calls weren’t meant to be for the benefit of the business

  • Davé

    Well what could be the downside to calling out the refs for missing 98% of the holding calls on Houston and Hali? They can’t call any less than they do. Instead I think what would happen is the refs would begin looking out for it. Phil Jackson mastered this tactic and its just another reason he is the best NBA coach of all time. It is time to call out the refs IMO.

  • RepOurChiefs

    I was taught playing sports that you never leave it up to the refs/officials. They are there to referee. .you are there to play. No Chief divas. Thankgod.

  • Mike Brennan

    I loved watching the first chiefs vs bronco game. On the opening drive they talked about Hali needing to get to Payton. They Zoom in to show Hali vs Denver’s RT who has Hali in a head lock and the announcers pretty much predict a flag and… Nothing! Priceless!!! Besides the missed holding calls that happen on every play in every game an have for as long as I’ve watched football, the Refs have it rough. So many league rule changes, the pressure from the league to protect high values positions/players mainly on the more marketable offensive side of the ball. And your job is judged by every play that is replayed over and over frame by frame. The fans, us, need to remember this the next time the league is trying to improve the situation and the refs go on strike.

  • DTVTechGuy

    Pretty simple… Ref’s are too focused on waiting for Personal Fouls to pay attention to the rest of the stuff going on. Holding doesn’t get called like it should because everyone stares at the QB waiting to throw a flag for Roughing. Now they’re talking about adopting a Strike Zone…. It’s going to get worse if they are so intently focused on WHERE someone is being tackled…. They need to make Personal a Fouls reviewable… Otherwise… Flags are going to continue to impact the outcome of games. We should all just agree to get over it because it won’t change.