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Andy Reid wonders why ref didn't warn Dee Ford he was offside

Yahoo! Sports logo Yahoo! Sports 1/22/2019 Jason Owens

a man standing in front of a crowd: Andy Reid didn’t dispute the call against Dee Ford but wondered aloud why officials didn’t give him a heads up. (Getty) © Provided by Oath Inc. Andy Reid didn’t dispute the call against Dee Ford but wondered aloud why officials didn’t give him a heads up. (Getty) Championship Sunday was filled with pivotal plays and penalties in both games that swung the fates of teams battling for a Super Bowl berth.

One of the biggest was an offside penalty on Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Dee Ford. Officials flagged Ford for lining up in the neutral zone on a play that resulted in Charvarius Ward intercepting New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Penalty dooms Chiefs

The interception that would have all but sealed a Chiefs victory was wiped off the board with around a minute left in regulation, and Brady marched the Patriots to a touchdown before New England eventually won in overtime.

Unlike the game-changing fiasco in New Orleans, there was no wrangling over this call. Ford was clearly lined up well into the neutral zone. Heartbreaking? Yes. Controversial? No.

Except Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Monday that he wasn’t completely satisfied with how officials handled Ford on the pivotal penalty.

Andy Reid: Ford wasn’t warned he was offside

“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 told reporters. “But they did. And he didn’t waste any time in doing it.

“He didn’t wait until the interception to throw it. He had his hand on his flag right from the get go, and he saw it from his angle, and he thought it was the call.”

We’re not aware of any protocol of officials warning players they’re committing offside penalties before flagging them. But Reid’s been around the game and the playoffs for a long time, and there are plenty of conversations on the field between officials, players and coaches that aren’t made public.

Maybe that happens sometimes, and that’s fine.

When were officials supposed to deliver warning?

We’re also not sure when or how Reid expected officials to warn Ford if that was the expectation. Had an official approached Ford and suggested that he back off the line of scrimmage pre-snap, then we would have had a full-blown controversy in the AFC championship.

So Reid’s take is a confusing one. And it doesn’t appear to be a completely sound one.

And that’s OK too. After months of digging in, sweating and building a championship contender end in the relative devastation of Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, it’s understandable that Reid, Ford and the entire Kansas City region would be emotionally raw on Monday.

Regardless. Hinting that Ford’s mistake was in any way, shape or form on the officials was a strange stance for Reid.

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