Colts players react to Monday Night Football miscues

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The controversial finish from the Green Bay Packers loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football had the sports world up in arms on Tuesday. Did Golden Tate catch the ball in the end zone off the Hail Mary to defeat Green Bay? Did the replacement officials make the wrong call? Has the NFL gone too far with the replacement referees, and should the old ones be brought back?

Almost everybody had their own opinion on Tuesday, including some members of the Indianapolis Colts. Here are their full reactions to questions from the media?

Jerraud Powers

What are your thoughts on the call?

"Me and Reg (Wayne) were talking about it earlier and he was saying it was a good call joking around. I am a defensive guy and I thought it was a bad call. Sometimes it goes like that, sometimes it doesn't. We can go back to the regular officials but there will be calls at the end of the day that you think is wrong. In this case though, because it was a last-second play, game on the line, with the replacement officials getting criticized since of the start of the season, it made the call that much bigger. But if the league comes out and say they are right, then they are right."

Have you had any issues the first three games?

"It's been ticky-tack stuff but nothing that I think is causing us a game here or causing me to do this or do that. It's just been little ticky-tack stuff. It's a different feel as far as DB versus a wide receiver. Now, you're seeing that DBs are more physical. It's kind of like you have to get a feel for the replacements on what am I going to get away with today and what I'm not, rather so with the regular officials, they let you know within two plays. I might do something and they will be like, 'Hey, I just warned you. That's your warning. Don't do that again.' That's how the regular officials are. Now, I think from a DB standpoint it's like let's test them the limit. Receivers are doing the same thing. What am I going to get away with today? You can't really fault them. If that's how the flow of the game's going, as a player you've got to adapt to the flow of the game. It's been some criticizing of the replacements but it's like anything else. As a player you just have to go out there and play and whatever happens, happens."

Is it like having a substitute teacher?

"I had some substitute teachers that were more strict than my regular teacher was. I wouldn't say that because each game we haven't had the same officials. Each game there is a different vibe, a different feel. One game, officials might be calling defensive pass interference tight and then the next game, it might be looser. It's just a matter of getting the flow of the game so when you say it's like having a substitute, yeah but I saw some substitutes that come in and they're meaner than the teacher I had. It is what it is. Do we want the regular officials back? Yeah. It's part of the game. It's the integrity of the game. We want them back. We want to get that situation done. We got to play with what we got."

Are you outraged by what you saw last night?

"I'm not going to lie. My first reaction was like 'Wow.' I couldn't believe that one guy was calling a touchback and then the next guy comes up and calls a touchdown. I clearly thought it was an interception, clearly thought it was an interception and the pass interference too. When the league comes out and says they were right making the simultaneous catch goes to the offense, I can't even argue that now. They think it's right, then they're right."

Does that type of pass interference happen frequently?

"It does but everybody is out there pushing trying to get position on a last second attempt for the ball. That was kind of blatant. The officials that we have now, they haven't been in this position, in this type of magnitude, in this type of level of football. You can't expect to get everything right but the stuff they can get right, you expect them to do. It. They thought that it was a touchdown, the league thought it was a touchdown. As a player, I thought it was an interception."

Pat McAfee

Are you concerned about the refs getting less respect for these guys?

"I don't know if less respect is the case, because we definitely respect people that can effect the game and not hurt your team, but effects the way your team plays the game. I think there is an overwhelming amount of people that look for flaws in every single call. You have reporters replaying everything and saying 'I don't know about that' which I don't know if that would be happening with the professional refs. But like I said earlier, with these guys you have to expect that. They are not trained to be professionals. They are not in there working like the regular refs. You have to get in there and just kind of work with them, and just kind of hope cooler heads prevail at the negotiations table."

You are a big Twitter guy, are you shocked that there was so much reaction to it?

"I think the buzz that it generated had to be the thing that ruffles the feathers at the negotiations table. Monday Night Football is notoriously the biggest game of the week. Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football are the biggest things where people watch and the most people watch. I think that is something that will make people turn their heads a little bit at the negotiations table. You have to be able to put out the best product for the fans, and you have to make things happen the right way."

Anthony Castonzo

Are you concerned about the ways games are being called right now?

"Not really. Ultimately the players will decide the games, so whatever happens with the refs is their business. If it effects the game, I haven't seen much that is drastic in our games. It is basically up to the players to win or lose the game."

There seems to be more contact guys seeing what they can and can't get away with, is that happening in the trenches too?

"Hands fly all over in the trenches whether it be this year or last year. Hands are always going all over the place. There are always hands up in faces, head slaps, and everything else going on. It is the same regardless of what is going on with the refs. Even last year, sometimes it gets called and sometimes it doesn't, it is just difficult to see because there is so much going on in there."

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