NFL: Panthers WR Steve Smith Calls Referee Dan Ferrell 'Garbage'

Outspoken Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has labeled referee Dan Ferrell, one of the officials who called the game against the Arizona Cardinals, as "garbage."

Oct 7 2013, 9:58pm CDT | by

NFL: Panthers WR Steve Smith Calls Referee Dan Ferrell 'Garbage'
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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith thinks referee Dan Ferrell is "garbage" in light of his team's 22-6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. 

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Smith "was upset with several calls and noncalls in the Cardinals' defensive backfield, saying their coverage crossed the line from physical to 'molesting.'" 

Smith began talking about the way Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was holding him during the game.

"I was told by the referee -- whatever judge he was, No. 64 (Ferrell). He told me on my route (that) I felt like I got held, where (Peterson) had the back of my jersey and used that to slingshot his way through and bat the ball down. 

"He said he grabbed my jersey, he saw it, but he didn't think it was enough that changed the course of the route.

"I've only been playing football for a little bit, just picked it up. So I said,'Okay.' I really believe years past I would've went off. But that's what he felt and that's what he said, and he repeatedly explained it to me."

Smith also claims Peterson's pass breakup on a 10-yard route in the second half was pass interference but got no call from the officials. 

"It was pass interference in Mexico, Europe, rugby -- in pretty much every other sport but in Arizona yesterday." 

He was also the focal point of two plays in the second half when he was called for offensive pass intereference which resulted in his quarterback, Cam Newton, getting sacked in the end zone for a safety several plays later.

Another play had Smith catching a pass from Newton on third-and-7 but was ruled short of the first down. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera challenged the play, which was reversed. 

Smith remained undaunted in his criticism of Ferrell, in spite of a possible fine from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. 

"To be honest, I make enough money where if Roger wants to fine me he can. But I really think that referee probably was the sorriest referee that I have ever met. 

"When I dove for the first down (and) he was standing right there, he didn't even acknowledge -- he received a check that day and I hope he feels good. He was terrible. He was garbage."

However, the Panthers wide receiver also admitted he didn't play well. Smith took the blame for a "dropped touchdown pass on Carolina's opening series," per ESPN.

He said,"My dropped pass cost us the game."  

Smith has made several colorful comments during the 2013 NFL season. He ripped New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in May, saying, "He sucks. I wouldn't let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper bag sandwich." 

A month ago, he said Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski, the former Panthers offensive coordinator, "was positioning himself to just apply for that head coaching job." 

He says the Panthers offense "suffered a little bit" as a result. 

Smith, a 13-year NFL veteran, has 203 receiving yards on 18 receptions and a touchdown through Week 5 of the 2013 season, per ESPN stats


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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