Unprovoked, NFL called Frazier on Monday to talk Sunday's officiating
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Without provocation, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier received a call from a NFL official on Monday morning to discuss, perhaps, any officiating errors made in the 29-26 loss at the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
And it wasn't the first time Frazier has received an unsolicited call from the league in this tumultuous season.
"It was a good conversation," Frazier said. "The fact that they called should give you an indication of how they felt about things on that day. That was encouraging that they wanted to talk about that game from yesterday."
"It's happened twice this season."
A few questionable calls highlighted the Vikings' crazy finish against the Ravens, but none were as blatant as a Toby Gerhart fumble that was upheld in the first quarter after multiple replay angles showed Gerhart's knee down before the ball came loose.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco scrambled for 22 yards down to the Vikings' 3 on the next play, setting up their only first-half score on the drive.
"We did talk about the Gerhart play," Frazier said.
Frazier wouldn't go into details about his conversation with a NFL official, but said he was told on the field that it "wasn't conclusive enough to overturn."
Linebacker Chad Greenway was flagged for pass interference, which negated safety Andrew Sendejo's game-winning interception on the Ravens' final drive. The flag set the Ravens up at the Vikings' 27 with less than a minute left.
After the game, Frazier said Greenway's flag and another pass interference call on safety Robert Blanton in the fourth quarter gave him a feeling that was 'beyond disappointment' from what he thought were inconsistent flags throughout the game.
Blanton was flagged for a 37-yard pass interference call that set the Ravens up on the Vikings' 17. Seven plays later, the Ravens scored the first of their three fourth-quarter touchdowns on 4th-and-goal.
"There were a lot of things I thought could've been called pass interference throughout that ball game," Frazier said postgame. "For those two to be called, it bewildered me."
Four of the Vikings' nine losses this season have come from last-minute touchdown passes. Without getting detailed, Frazier let the public know this isn't the only time the NFL has phoned him after a loss to discuss officiating.
It's typical for a coach to vent frustrations about officiating or game-related topics to the league on the following day, but it speaks volumes that the NFL has contacted Frazier twice now, on its own agenda, to talk about calls.
"It was another game earlier this season that they called about," Frazier said. "I won't be too specific on that one."