Robert Quinn has been wrecking shop in 2021, but he feels like NFL officials are doing the same, and not in a good way. Quinn and his Chicago Bears fell to the rival Minnesota Vikings in a rescheduled Week 15 battle that took place on Monday evening, but they were never truly out of it — running out of time en route to a 17-9 final score. And while the Bears certainly made their fair share of mistakes that helped secure the loss (e.g., muffed punt, three lost fumbles, bad play-calling on fourth down), they also suffered crippling penalties that either stalled their drives or extended them for Kirk Cousins.
In the end, it was another laundry-filled NFL game that was brutal to watch, with the Vikings being flagged seven times for 54 yards, numbers dwarfed by what the Bears were hit with: nine penalties for a total of 91 yards.
“Honestly, some of these calls are starting to get a little crazy,” Quinn told media following the game, via NBC5 in Chicago. “These refs seem like they’re controlling the game a little too much. If a play is clean and they’re throwing a flag over something that they thought they can change the game just by one flag, I mean, let guys play ball.”
One of the first game-changing flags against Chicago was an unnecessary roughness penalty against linebacker Devin Bush, who tackled tight end Tyler Conklin after a reception on third-and-7 in the first quarter, awarding the Vikings a new set of downs.
The call infuriated head coach Matt Nagy, who then drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for laying into the officiating crew immediately thereafter. Cousins and Co. would go on to grab a field goal to make it a 10-0 affair. The Bears would continue to stifle the Vikings offense as the game went along, but with only a seven-point lead in the third quarter, there was another call that made Nagy go nuclear — nearly getting ejected from the game entirely.