Today during sessions with the media, it was revealed that the Browns were going to send tape to the league regarding two holding calls against Ray Ventrone against the Colts. They were gut-punches in terms of field position and some on Twitter, including the Plain Dealer’s Dennis Manaloff indicated that Ventrone might need to find his own way home after the game. Because CBS can’t be bothered to show penalties in replay anymore, I rewound it myself yesterday during the game and discovered that they were some pretty bad calls. After further review, the D-Man has also exonerated Ventrone. Now here are the pictures to prove it.
Here’s the first “hold” showing Bubba engaged with his man and also shows his position with regard to the ball, which is pretty important when determining if a play is a hold or not.
Here is the second play where they said Ventrone was “holding.” In this case, Ventrone was locked up with his guy again and as the ball moved past he released his guy. There might have been a split second where Ventrone was engaged and should have let go, but you can see from the second pic that it couldn’t have been more than an instant.
See below. Still blocking and then on the right hand side his guy is released and chasing Cribbs.
Obviously the Browns won’t get anything out of this. Also obviously the Browns didn’t lose the game against the Colts only because of the refereeing. Still, it is noteworthy just how poorly this game was officiated, I thought.