NFL fines Broncos’ Bly for comments on officials |

NFL fines Broncos’ Bly for comments on officials

Pat Graham
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. ” The NFL fined Broncos cornerback Dre’ Bly $20,000 on Friday for inappropriate remarks about officials after Denver’s 24-17 loss to Jacksonville last weekend.

Bly was agitated over an illegal contact call he drew in the third quarter, plus a pass interference call on Broncos safety Marlon McCree in the waning moments of the game.

The Broncos have caught their share of breaks from the officials this season, most notably on Ed Hochuli’s blown call in a 39-38 win over San Diego, and Bly hinted that things were evening out.

“I guess they’ve been evaluating us and say we won games we shouldn’t have won. So, I guess they’re going to get a call against us,” Bly said Sunday after the loss.

Bly wasn’t available for comment Friday.

However, he stood by his comments the day before, saying he didn’t think his criticism was excessive or out of line.

“I wasn’t cussing them or (saying) he was a bad guy,” Bly said. “I just said it was judgment calls. But I thought they were bad calls to make at (a) critical part of the game.”

Bly was flagged for illegal contact, even though he was tossed to the ground by Jaguars receiver Reggie Williams. The play turned a potential fourth-and-13 into an automatic first down. The Jaguars went on to score, giving them a 24-10 lead.

McCree was whistled for pass interference on tight end Greg Estandia that gave Jacksonville a first down at the Denver 32 late in the game. Replays appeared to show no interference on the play.

“They have to go on their instincts and their instincts told them to throw a flag,” Bly said. “We can’t dwell on that, that’s in the past. We’ve got to move forward.”

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