After costly penalty, Lions’ Justin Coleman says blame me, not the ref

Michael David Smith
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We’re so accustomed to criticism of the officiating in the NFL that it can be a bit surprising when an NFL player stands up and says, I committed a penalty and the blame for it is on me, not the referee.

But that’s exactly what Lions cornerback Justin Coleman said when asked about a 41-yard pass interference penalty that set up a Colts touchdown in the Lions’ loss on Sunday.

“They’re gonna make their calls based on a split[-second] decision,” Coleman said, via Justin Rogers of the Detroit News. “I just felt like I could have did a better job of getting my head around a lot sooner and probably playing the ball. It’s nothing the refs did. They made their decision and whatever and I just gotta do better.”

That’s a refreshing response from a player, who took ownership for his own mistake rather than deflecting to the officials. Sometimes the refs deserve the criticism they get, but not always.

After costly penalty, Lions’ Justin Coleman says blame me, not the ref originally appeared on Pro Football Talk