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Bruce Arians on ‘FUBAR’ officiating crew: ‘They can’t count to three’


Bruce Arians clearly fears no reprisal for his critical comments regarding the officiating crew that presided over the Arizona Cardinals-San Francisco 49ers tilt Sunday. Or at the very least he doesn’t seem to care if he’s fined over what he said.

“The officials were struggling,” he said. “Mightily. They can’t count to three.”

Arians was specifically referring to one incident in particular that occurred during the first quarter of Arizona’s 19-13 victory. Referee Pete Morelli and his crew had difficulty determining what down it was after San Francisco was flagged for having too many men on the field, a live-ball penalty. The crew ruled it a dead-ball foul and instead of having a first-and-5 on the 10-yard-line, the Cardinals faced a second-and-3 from the 49ers’ 8.

“That’s not what we accepted,” Arians said. “That was the whole problem. It was a FUBAR on their part. They can try to explain it. They’re wrong.”

Given some fiery comments made after the game by 49ers guard Alex Boone, the gaffes by the officials didn’t only hurt the Cardinals.

“I’m really not too worried about getting fined,” he said, via CSN Bay Area. “I thought those refs sucked.”

Boone likely was most miffed by the fact San Francisco was flagged 13 times for 81 yards with seven of the Arizona’s first downs coming as the result of 49ers’ penalties.

“That’s what I’m sick about this league,” he continued. “This is supposed to be a man’s game. Be a man. And that’s what pisses me off. It’s guys like that, working this league and work on this field, and we have to deal with it. Whatever. It was a terrible call. They had terrible calls all game. I don’t care what the league says. I don’t care what Roger (Goodell) says. It’s the truth. If you don’t like it, get the hell out of here.”

49ers head coach Jim Tomsula, meanwhile, wasn’t about to run afoul of Goodell and the league office, saying after the game, “I’m not going to comment on the officiating.”