McCarthy: Calling replacement ref after Seahawks game was 'right thing to do'

CREATED Oct 5, 2012

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GREEN BAY - The coach of the Green Bay Packers explained Friday why he called the beleaguered replacement ref in the Seahawks game.

"I felt the phone call was the right thing to do.  That's why I made it," said Packers Coach Mike McCarthy on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

McCarthy has received praise across the nation for his class when he called the head referee of the replacement crew that made a call that cost his team the Seahawks game.

On the game's final play, Seattle quarterback and former Badger Russell Wilson threw what was eventually ruled to be a touchdown pass to wide receiver Golden Tate.

Video replay seemed to show that Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings actually intercepted the pass, but referees on the field called it a touchdown, and a replay review led to the call standing.

McCarthy called referee Wayne Elliott a few days after the game and left a voicemail to support him through the criticism he was receiving over the call.

"It was a phone call that I place with the intent of it being a personal phone call.  Obviously, I didn't think this was going to be the outcome," McCarthy further explained to 620WTMJ through reluctance, because he's tried to focus his team on the future and not the replacement referee-caused wreckage of the past.

"I've asked the football team to move on.  Here I am, a week, 10 days later, carrying on that game, that situation," he said about the irony.