New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski wants to see more consistency out of NFL officials in how they call offensive pass interference.
In New England’s 33-30 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon, Gronkowski was flagged for offensive pass interference during the second quarter, which ultimately negated a 10-yard reception for the four-time All-Pro.
The penalty was questioned by Gronkowski, quarterback Tom Brady, and head coach Bill Belichick after the game on Sunday. The former Arizona Wildcat continued to voice his frustrations on Tuesday afternoon.
“If the consistency was there 100 percent, then I’d be cool with whatever it is,” Gronkowski said (via ESPN). “One week, we’re told we can play, it really isn’t going to be called, they can hold and you can slap off their hands. Then the next week, if you touch the guy, it’s a PI. I just wish I knew the consistency, so I can base my game off and practice and be prepared for the game and know the rules going in from week to week. As long as you know what kind of game is going to be called, from the beginning. My favorite time is when it’s allowed to just be played. I can go full speed, linebacker is ready for me, boom, we bump, it’s just straight-up football. Sometimes I feel like the game of football can get taken away. There is definitely physical [play] that is involved in getting open sometimes.”
After allowing similar calls to throw him off his game earlier in his career, Gronkowski has clearly tried to move towards taking the high road when it comes discussing his feelings about officiating.
“It’s a tough job out there [officiating], just like us players,” he said.
According to Belichick, Gronkowski has devoted a lot of time to working at avoiding offensive pass interference penalties in the last couple of years.
“I think he really tries to do what is legal and tries not to put himself in a situation where they can call him,” Belichick said on Monday (via ESPN and Sports Radio WEEI) He doesn’t push off. He doesn’t try to create space. He tries to defend himself, and that is what he’s taught to do.”
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