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Falcons Coach Has Brutally Honest Admission On Controversial Roughing The Passer Call

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The Atlanta Falcons saw their comeback attempt on Sunday thwarted at least in part by a controversial roughing the passer penalty called in favor of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees has made his position on the flag known.

He did so without making a comment.

Fielding questions from reporters Thursday, Pees claimed that his wife told him not to say anything about the flag, which wiped out what appeared to be a clean sack by Jarrett in the fourth quarter that would have forced the Bucs to punt. The Falcons ultimately lost 21-15.

"Falcons DC Dean Pees on the Grady Jarrett roughing the passer call. 
Long stare.
'My wife told me do not say anything.'
Did your wife actually tell you that?
'Yeah.'" -- Michael Rothstein

Apparently Mrs. Pees didn't want her husband to draw a fine from the NFL for criticizing the officials. Jarrett, too, took the high road earlier this week and declined to blast referee Jerome Boger.

Plenty of others around the league have done that for him and Pees. 

The penalty called on Jarrett was one of two roughing the passers flags thrown in Week Five that elicited outrage about how the league is protecting its quarterbacks. Despite the widespread criticism, the NFL announced Wednesday that it will not change its rules surrounding roughing the passer.