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The fact that Arizona coach Bruce Arians sent 15 plays to the NFL to highlight what he thought were “obvious” officiating errors during the Cardinals‘ loss Sunday in Philadelphia isn’t sitting well with Eagles cornerback Cary Williams.
Williams, who had an interception in the Eagles’ 24-21 victory, was incredulous Tuesday when asked about Arians’ actions, saying he doesn’t believe there were any “blatant” missed calls in the game.
“Man, let’s not be crybabies,” Williams told reporters Tuesday, according to CSN Philadelphia. “I don’t know, man. I thought the refs kept them in the game to some degree at times. But it’s about football, man. It’s about going out there, executing. If they came in here with a different attitude, maybe not so nonchalant, maybe [not] thinking it was going to be a cakewalk, maybe … I don’t know.
“I’m not big on teams sending stuff in and ‘this is what needs to be called.’ Man, play the game, dude. It’s football, man. Don’t blame it on the refs. Blame it on your preparation that week.”
Arians said Monday that he started getting answers before his team left the locker room Sunday.
“I just get madder,” he said. “That’s pretty high. I think that’s considered a problem.”
Among the 15 plays sent to the league were the holding penalty on Arizona rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu that negated an interception by Patrick Peterson with four minutes left, and a holding penalty on Cardinals linebacker Matt Shaughnessy with 1:42 to go. On that play, Shaughnessy was called for holding Eagles tight end James Casey before getting to quarterback Nick Foles. The negated sack, which came on third down, would have forced Philadelphia to most likely attempt a field goal and give the ball back to Arizona up no more than six.
Linebacker Daryl Washington received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after complaining to officials about Shaughnessy’s penalty.
On Tuesday, Williams told reporters that officials missed an offensive pass interference penalty against him by Michael Floyd, but “I’m not going and complaining about it.”
“We’re all grown men,” he said. “You lost, you lost. You lost a game that you felt like you should have won. You should have came out and played a little bit better. You should have coached a little better.”
ESPN.com Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss contributed to this report.