Although they disagree with the call, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers apparently have come to terms with a critical pass interference flag against rookie cornerback Myron Lewis Sunday in Baltimore.
Lewis was penalized for interfering with wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh late in the opening half as the two players jostled down the right sideline on a pass thrown by Joe Flacco. Instead of a third-down incompletion, the Ravens were awarded a first down at the Tampa Bay 10-yard line and Derrick Mason's touchdown catch on the next play put Baltimore ahead 17-3.
"Myron did what we've been taught to do,'' Bucs defensive back E.J. Biggers said Monday. "And if that play happens again, Myron's going to do the same thing because that's our technique. The officials make the call and that's one that didn't go our way.''
Coach Raheem Morris demanded an explanation for the call at halftime as the Ravens completed a 17-10 triumph that dropped the Bucs to 7-4 heading into Sunday's home matchup against the Falcons, who top the NFC South with a 9-2 mark.
"The official saw it as the arm bar and I saw it as the arm bar's legal as long as it's low enough and not across the chest,'' Morris said. "These are all judgment calls made by men. Myron did a lot of good things on the play. It's up to me to go to the officials and get the clear definition of that play.''