Monday, September 24, 2012
Pats players: Can't control officiating
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A day after the Patriots' last-second defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, much of the talk surrounding the game still centered on the officiating, which spiraled out of hand on a number of occasions.
Running back Danny Woodhead, however, says that he was not focused on the officiating during Sunday night's game, and that it's not something he thinks about.
"That's not something that I really think about," he told reporters on Monday afternoon. "I think about what I can do to help my teammates out, to do my job. That's what I do."
When pressed further on the matter, Woodhead reiterated that he is focused on his own job, not that of others.
"I'm just focused in on what I can do. I don't have anything to say, I'm just trying to do my job."
Linebacker Rob Ninkovich admitted that the shaky officiating can be frustrating.
"It's obviously frustrating at times, but again, that's not something that's under our control," he said. "We can't really dwell on those things because obviously it will affect the way you play. You've just got to roll with the punches."
The veteran defensive end was asked if there were any calls that he believed should or should not have been made.
"You watch the tape, there's things that you wish were called and things you wish weren't called, but again, you can't really wallow on all the calls that were made," he continued. "It's not going to change the outcome of the game. We're going to move on, with obviously Buffalo coming up. It's a big game for us."
Linebacker Brandon Spikes took to Twitter to express his frustration regarding the officiating after the game, something that Ninkovich suggested was a byproduct of his passion.
"Spikes is a passionate guy, and that one particular play that we did have the sack on, they did throw a flag, and I'm sure he was upset about that," he said.
When asked if he was ready for the return of the regular officials, who remain at a stalemate with league owners in labor negotiations, Woodhead wouldn't bite.
"I'm focusing on my job, but thanks for the question," he said.