Cowboys' Mike McCarthy Will Not Be Fined for Criticizing Officials: Report


Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy did not pull any punches when it came to how he felt about the offensive pass interference call at the end of last week’s 20-17 loss to the Rams, but his criticism of the officiating was apparently not strong enough to get fined.

According to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, McCarthy was not and will not be fined for his remarks about the officiating at the end of the team’s Week 1 loss.

Cowboys receiver Michael Gallup was called for pushing off Rams defensive back Jalen Ramsey after making a 47-yard catch deep into Rams territory with 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

The call was certainly questionable, and the next day McCarthy was steaming over it.

“It made me sick when I watched the TV copy,” McCarthy said on Monday. “I thought Michael [Gallup] ran an excellent route. The [defensive back] attempted to clamp his arm, [Gallup] pulls his arm out and makes a catch. So it’s definitely a call ou’d like to see not happen, and I know everybody wants to talk about the time of the game and the way the game was called to that point.

“But at the end of the day, it was an excellent route and throw and completion by Michael Gallup from Dak [Prescott].”

Tony Corrente, the head game official, said it was “clear and obvious” that Gallup used a full arm extension to create separation.

The NFL has become a lot stricter when it comes to criticism of officials, sending a memo to teams last October explaining the kind of criticism that was prohibited, which included but is not limited to “comments regarding the quality of officiating, individual calls or missed calls, the League’s officiating department, an officiating crew or an individual game official; accusing game officials of acting with bias or in an any way questioning the integrity of NFL game officials.”

McCarthy’s comments would certainly seem to fall under this umbrella, but for now, no action seems to becoming from the league.

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