Urlacher finds fault with officials

NEW ORLEANS _ <!--Default NodeId For Brian Urlacher is 722169,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722169]>Brian Urlacher</A> spoke out of frustration. <P> The NFL is unlikely to sympathize with his feeling when it decides how much lighter to make his wallet.

"They didn't do a good job today," Urlacher said about well-respected NFL referee Ed Hochuli's crew after Sunday's 20-13 Bears loss to the New Orleans Saints.

"We lost the game, don't get me wrong," Urlacher said, before adding of the officials, "They sucked. They can fine me or whatever they want. That was not a good job (of officiating)."

The biggest complaint Urlacher had involved a pass interference call on Bears rookie cornerback Charles Tillman. The Saints came out trying to pick on Tillman because of his inexperience.

Aaron Brooks threw deep to Jerome Pathon on first-and-10 from the Saints' 20 on New Orleans' second possession. The two became entangled downfield and Tillman had a brief chance at an interception before the ball hit the ground.

Officials flagged Tillman for a 48-yard pass interference penalty that led to a 50-yard John Carney field goal and a 3-0 New Orleans lead. First they debated whether it was actually a penalty, then awarded the 48 yards.

"I realize they're going to miss pass interference, but it goes both ways, man," Urlacher said. "They do it, too, but we don't get the calls. That's just the way it goes, I guess. Those are judgment calls. They usually do a good job."

Tillman said he just tried to shrug off the call. He had two pass interference penalties in this, his second start.

"From my recollection, I turned one way and I lost it in the lights," he said. "So I turned the other way and I was in front of him and he was behind me and I got the pass interference. It's cool. I can't complain about those calls. You just gotta go out there and forget about it and make another play."

Urlacher thought the penalty went against Tillman because he is a rookie and suggested Hochuli's crew was one-sided in their calls.

"I don't care if it was a rookie or not," Urlacher said. "I mean, he made a good play. (Teammate) Mike Brown got mauled one time on a pass that (the Saints') Joe Horn almost caught. And they didn't call that; Mike Brown HAS a good reputation. So I don't know what it is."

Two other plays irked the Bears. On Brooks' 9-yard touchdown pass to Ernie Conwell, officials first ruled an illegal blocker downfield on the play. After several minutes of debating, they changed their minds.

Urlacher also complained about the next-to-last play of the first half when the Bears prevented a touchdown and the clock apparently ran out on the Saints. However a second was put back when officials called an illegal motion penalty. It allowed the Saints' John Carney to kick a 30-yard field goal.

"I don't know what the rule is or what -- that was their interpretation of the play," Urlacher added.

Bears coach Dick Jauron refused to get pulled into the whining.

"You never want to be critical of the officials," Jauron said. "They're going to call their game. They are going to have good days and bad days. They don't decide a football game.

"The two teams on the field decide the game."


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