Chicago Bears pass rusher Robert Quinn ripped Scott Novak's officiating crew following a Monday Night Football loss and said the NFL should like at officials they hire and not Bears coach Matt Nagy. The Bears racked up five personal fouls in a 17-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Bears coach Nagy was also flagged for arguing against a call. "Some of these calls are starting to get a little crazy," Quinn said, per ESPN. "These refs seem like they're controlling the game a little too much. So when a play is clean and they're throwing a flag for something that they thought they could change a game [with] just by one flag ...
let guys play ball. If this was a couple years ago, half of this stuff wouldn't even be called. But now they got so many of these stupid rules, they dang near in a ref's hands [and] could change the game in any given moment. "I think they need to go check the refs they hire and not our coach."
Quinn, Nagy not happy with the officiating crew
The officiating crew flagged Bears safety Deon Bush for a hit to Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin's head on an incomplete pass.
The NFL's officiating department tweeted Bush committed a "forcible contact" against Conklin. "I saw what happened," Nagy said. "Our guys are fighting their asses off to get off the field, and I saw what happened. So I explained my opinion on it.
And I don't regret it." Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks was ejected in the fourth quarter for a hit to the head of Bears quart Justin Fields. "I didn't get a good explanation, really. They came over late and said they thought he had an elbow to a head," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said of Kendricks' ejection.
"I thought I saw it pretty cleanly, and I thought the quarterback slid and kept his head up, and Eric was going down and kind of raised his head to try to avoid it, and I thought they bumped heads." Zimmer was glad the Vikings won an extremely chippy game.
"I know that it helped us a couple times because they got 15-yard penalties," Zimmer said. "We try to be a disciplined football team and not do those kinds of things. But when you get your manhood challenged sometimes, you react, and you just have to keep -- you know, I talked to the offense, I talked to the defense, about being composed and just doing our job."