Sorry doesn't do the Buccaneers a damn bit of good
Sorry only goes so far and in this instance it really does no measure of good at all for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But the team received an apology in the form of an explanation from the NFL that pass interference should not have been called on Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. on a fourth-quarter play in which he scored a touchdown.
Winslow was called for pass interference against Detroit Lions safety C.C. Brown in the end zone, forcing the Bucs into a third-and-goal from the 12 that they didn’t convert. That led them to kicking a field goal in a game they lost to the Lions in overtime.
A game breaker? Maybe.
Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen revealed the team received a letter from the league, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
“Yeah, we've had a number of those this year, which has been real discouraging because we've played so many tight games," Olson said.
"You can't have those kinds of mistakes. That's discouraging, obviously. It wasn't the only play in the game, but it was a critical one at a critical time. That's happened more than once, which has been discouraging on our side."
Coach Raheem Morris declined to comment. Typically, team personnel are not supposed to comment on these types of communications they receive from the league.
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