Phil Taylor tweets frustration with referees in Browns-Cowboys game

It didn’t take long: The first notable Cleveland Brown has already come out on Twitter with his complaint about the referees from today’s 23-20 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys:

Defensive tackle Phil Taylor, who was able to play with Ahytba Rubin for the first time all season in the game, obviously isn’t happy with some of the ref’s calls. Notably, the secondary had several mistakes that led to Dallas first downs and the refs missed a blatant false start late in the fourth quarter.

[Related: Browns blow 13-0 halftime lead; lose 23-20 in overtime]

  • Garry_Owen

    Going to be one expensive tweet . . .

    (But Ed Hochuli IS terrible.)

  • Wow

    They blew a 13 point lead and looked awful on offense, sorry I’m not blaming the refs for this one.

  • wow is a dumbshit

    were you even watching the game? blatant false start on 3rd and 7 which cowboys converted leading to OT. browns got hosed

  • MrCleaveland

    Sure glad the “real” refs are back, aren’t you?

    Too many refs make phantom calls. If you don’t see it, don’t call it.

    Also, that penalty on TJ Ward was a terrible call. He ran into a guy and their helmets touched. He didn’t lead with his head or spear him. He just collided with him. How can you penalize that? It’s a routine football play.

    These penalties for head hits and QB hits are getting ridiculous. If you want to do something about concussions, then fix the helments, don’t try to take tackling out of the game.

  • MrCleaveland


    I just re-read Phil’s tweet. I think he probably means that the refs are not being adequately compensated for the fine work they do.

    If I’m him, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  • Matt

    Browns benefited too that was not a horse collar on cribbs

  • Better question is how much are we paying our secondary?

  • nah Phil Taylor your team couldn’t stop Dez Bryant don’t blame the refs blame your secondary and Taylor you might be getting a call from the League about complained again

  • Phil Taylor in the words of Charles Barkley “That was Turrible officiantion “

  • Garry_Owen

    Quick! Get Phil on the line. He needs representation by counsel stat!

  • BenRM

    you don’t “blame them” but you can legitimately call them horrible, which they were.

  • no man there was no false start

  • zonk

    You can have a 24 point lead if you let me manipulate the refs in the 2nd half, and I will win every time.

    Just a few moments for you to recall: 52 seconds in between snaps in the 4th quarter with no delay of game for Romo because of a “clock malfunction” in a billion dollar stadium, a false start on a 3rd down not called in which they got the first down over the middle, and 12 first downs on penalties, it was pretty ugly.

  • Kildawg

    It seemed the refs subtly called 90 percent of the plays in favor of Dallas (rather, against the Browns). They must get some home-field advantage. The Browns just get hated on (not to mention we have the worst HC in the NFL)

  • Chris

    hey marcus g mims, you can’t comment on threads if you have a link to your facebook taking selfies in the mirror.

  • i do what i want you can’t stop me from comments

  • Wow

    true those were definitely bad. But what’s the excuse for the inept offense?

  • wendigo6x3

    there was clearly and offsides on the 3rd and 7 it isnt debateable.

  • wendigo6x3

    *false start

  • gunsHochuli

    no one is gonna mention the unreviewable fumble? not as obvious, but dez bryant pushed off on the td imho.

  • playing left out

    winners win and losers lose. guess which category the Browns are in

  • Good question, Wow.

    Bad or questionable calls tend to even out. If a team plays well and makes fewer mistakes, a bad call here and there won’t matter. We’ll have a win and everyone will be happy..

    There’s no whining in football.

  • And who’s coaching them? Both are probably overpaid. Interference the fans can see from the stands is not a good substitute for technique and skill.

  • woofersus

    The missed false start was the worst. It wasn’t even subtle. Not only that, but it was 3rd and 8 and the next play was the touchdown that got them back in the game. If it’s called maybe they pick up 6-8 yards and settle for a field goal.

    Skrine deserved most of his calls, but the big one at the end I disagree with. He did make contact with the helmet with his forearm before the ball arrived, but the reason he couldn’t come around the inside to bread up the pass was that the WR had pushed him back with his right arm as he turned back toward the ball, and then kept his hand on Skrine and held him away for almost two seconds. Either you call him for a push off before the interference occurs or you just let them play because none of the contact was severe.

  • Natedawg86

    Phil- (i am being sincere here) Thank you for tweeting this knowing that you will be fined, but don’t care because the refs were AWFUL!!! Glad to see you back Phil!

  • Natedawg86

    At the rate we are headed, all the games are going to start looking like the probowl.

  • Natedawg86

    often referred to in my house as : Roid Hock, or Suckuli

  • Natedawg86

    He started to pull the collar, and then grabbed his hair. It did not have a huge impact on the drive. That did not get them a first down. It got them 15 yards with a min and a half left to start a drive. Not as big of a call by any stretch of the imagination

  • Natedawg86

    offseason focus needs to be let plays like that go through and determine whether to overturn fumble on review.

  • Natedawg86

    Anouncers were terrible too. It was like they were taunting me

  • phantom flags

    “Whistle… penalty on the defense for a hard hit, that’ll be 15 yards and a first down.”

    What a joke the NFL is becoming…