Bears Defenders Have Strong Words for League Officials

Eddie Jackson Danny Trevathan refs

Getty Eddie Jackson and DeAndre Houston-Carson celebrate a Bears

Danny Trevathan and Eddie Jackson have had enough. The Chicago Bears All-Pro safety, in particular, is fed up with his perfectly good pick-sixes getting called back for questionable penalties, thank you very much.

Early in the third quarter of the Bears’ 23-16 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Jackson picked off a Teddy Bridgewater pass and returned it for a 17-yard touchdown. The Bears were up 13-6 at the time, and it would have made it 19-6 (20-6 if Cairo Santos hits the extra point). The play didn’t stand, however, and was called back after cornerback Kyle Fuller was flagged for unnecessary roughness — on a hit that looked beyond clean and legal.

It was the second straight week Fuller was flagged for such a play; He was also penalized in Week 5 for an eerily similar hit against the Bucs, but the officials gathered to discuss it and reversed the call, correctly surmising it was a clean hit. Fuller and the Bears didn’t get the benefit of the correct call in this one, however, and multiple Bears — particularly Danny Trevathan and Eddie Jackson — took umbrage with it.

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Danny Trevathan Calls for Accountability, Fines for Poor Officiating

Bears LB Danny Trevathan

GettyChicago Bears LB Danny Trevathan thinks NFL referees should be fined for atrocious calls. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Bears’ defense forced three turnovers in their win against the Panthers, but the bad call on Fuller took away a fourth — and it wiped another defensive score away. After the game was over, starting linebacker Danny Trevathan took to Twitter with a bit of an unconventional suggestion: The league should begin fining referees for making “ludicrous” bad calls.

Bears’ starting linebacker Roquan Smith was diplomatic when asked about the reversed pick-six after the game: “When he’s in there, he’s making a play on the ball. It sucks that the penalty is called, but if they call it we just have to go to the next play,” Smith said about Fuller and the penalty, specifically.

Head coach Matt Nagy also weighed in Monday, and while he wasn’t critical of the officials in any way, he did sympathize with Fuller. “He was just playing football,” Nagy told the media, also noting he and the All-Pro cornerback had a laugh on the plane ride home about the play.

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Eddie Jackson Wants His Defensive Scores to Count

For his part, Jackson may be a little salty because this was the second pick-six he ran back this season that was called back due to questionable officiating. He also ran one back 54-yards for a score against the Giants Week 2, but was flagged for pass interference instead.

After the Bears secured the win against Carolina and moved to 5-1, Jackson took to Twitter, saying the officiating made “no sense” to him, while also reminding everyone how ridiculous his stat line would be had the flags not been thrown.

While Jackson didn’t blast the refs, per se, her certainly let the world know he felt robbed by them, and he’s not alone in his thinking. Twitter lost its collective mind when the play was called back Sunday, but Jackson will most definitely get other chances. Ball hawks gotta ball hawk, after all.

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