Andy Reid criticizes officials over flagging Dee Ford for offsides without warning him

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20, 2019: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on before the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20, 2019: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on before the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Like most of Kansas City right now, Andy Reid had a problem with the officiating during the AFC Championship Game. He even took issue with perhaps the most obvious call of the night.

Until the end of time, Chiefs fans and Tom Brady pearl-clutchers will point to Dee Ford's offside penalty late in the fourth quarter as one of the luckiest moments of Brady's career and the Patriots' entire run. Had Ford not lined up offside - which he very clearly did - Brady's ensuing interception to Daniel Sorensen would have counted and the Chiefs would've had the football with the lead and less than a minute to go.

Replays showed that Ford's offside was as obvious as it gets, as his hand was planted about a foot over the line of scrimmage. The official noticed Ford's position and immediately threw the flag, as an official is wont to do with penalties that occur before and at the snap.

Somehow, Reid had a problem with how that particular penalty went down.

“It wasn’t but by a few inches but I thought it was legitimate," Reid said, via ESPN. "Normally you’re warned and the coach is warned if somebody is doing that before they throw it in a game of that magnitude," Reid said. "But they did. He didn’t waste any time doing it. He didn’t wait until the interception to throw it. He had his hand on the flag right from the get-go."

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks to referee Clete Blakeman #34 after a call in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

It sounds like Reid is saying the official should have yelled about Ford being offside to him, which would've given him a chance to take a timeout. Everyone knows how much Reid loves using timeouts at inopportune times. That or he just wishes they ignored Ford blatantly lining up offside.

Whether or not the referee didn't follow the standard behavior with a play like that, it's on Ford to not line up offside. It's on Reid to have him team focused and disciplined enough to not line up offside. And the official's only job in that spot is to flag Ford for lining up offside when he was clearly lining up offside.

Reid also complained about the late roughing the passer penalty on Chris Jones, which is a legitimate gripe. That was an awful call to flag Jones on that play, after Trey Flowers did not get flagged for doing almost the exact same thing.

But to complain about the pivotal offside call is to essentially make excuses for your team not having its head in the game. That call was an easy one, and not one worth complaining about unless you want to make up stats to discredit Brady.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at [email protected].