PITTSBURGH – Players in the NFL are mostly judicious with their words when answering questions about officiating. Darius Leonard decided to throw caution to the wind after the Colts’ 28-24 loss to the Steelers.
“(Pass interference calls) played a big role,” said the Pro Bowl linebacker. “The one on Kenny (Moore) was a terrible call. I don’t care. That was awful.”
Leonard will no doubt hear from the league office this week regarding those comments. He may be a little lighter in the wallet as well.
“We still gotta, defensively, bow up,” he continued. “We always say, the only thing you need (to defend) is a blade of grass, and we didn’t do that. We didn’t step up and make a play.”
T.J. Carrie found himself on the wrong end of a pass interference call.
“This game, it becomes more difficult to play from a defensive standpoint,” the Colts’ cornerback explained. “We played a lot of man coverage today. They’re gonna get a couple (calls) here and there, but I think it was, a couple of those were questionable.”
Frank Reich was more diplomatic about the officiating.
“We knew coming in that (this group) of officials calls it a bit tighter on the back end,” the Horseshoes’ head coach pointed out. “We needed to play a bit better there.”