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NFL Head Coach Calls For Referees To Be Fired

Bruce Arians argues with an official during a game.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 06: Head coach Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts during the first half of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

NFL referees have taken a ton of heat this season. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians had some pointed criticism for the men in stripes today.

Late in the fourth quarter of yesterday's loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Bucs were victimized by an early whistle. Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White tackled Titans punter Brett Kern on a fake field goal and stripped him of the ball, which Bucs safety Andrew Adams scooped up and returned for a touchdown.

However, an official blew the play dead, negating the go-ahead touchdown. Tennessee wound up winning 27-23.

During today's press conference, Arians preached accountability for the referees, something he says is lacking.

“Everybody except one guy saw the ball out, blew a quick whistle,” Arians said, via PFT. “My biggest thing is referees aren’t held accountable. Coaches get fired, General Managers get fired, players get cut. Referees aren’t accountable. And it’s a shame. It’s been there 40 years and now we’ve got a new agreement and it’ll be that way for 40 more years.”

This isn't the first time Arians has gone after the officiating this season. He also isn't the only coach to do so.

We've seen multiple players--including Baker Mayfield and Clay Matthews--publicly call out the referees as well. It's clearly not a topic that is going away any time soon.

The NFL has a major officiating issue on its hands.