PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — To no one’s surprise, Angelo Cataldi has been blaming the officials for Sunday’s Eagles loss. Merrill Reese, the voice of the Eagles and their fans, basically did the same.
Reese’s partner in the booth Mike Quick, who has much more measured and balanced football opinions, called Cataldi’s take on Pete Morelli’s officiating crew during Sunday’s Eagles-Lions game, “right on it.”
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“Every now and then I have to take off the player and just be a fan,” Quick told Cataldi on Wednesday’s 94WIP Morning Show. “That was the worst officiated game I’ve ever seen and had the officials done their job the Eagles would be 4-0 now. And I do blame the officials for that loss.
“If the officials had done their job, the Eagles would be 4-0. I know Doug’s not gonna talk about it, he’s not gonna talk about the plays that he sent to the league, but it was horrible. They were the worst I’ve seen in a long time.”
Cataldi was giddy over Quick’s response.
“Mike, I want you to know this is a really nice moment for me,” Cataldi said. “Because when an expert — Al [Morganti], there’s nobody that knows football like Mike Quick — and when he says I’ve been correct, that’s a big thing for me. That’s exciting.”
Quick, a former five-time Pro Bowl Eagles receiver, talked about the responsibility of Nelson Agholor on Carson Wentz’s game-ending interception.
“You’ve got to have better support,” Quick said when asked about Wentz’s interception, which was intended for Agholor. “If I’m a receiver in that position, I’m not gonna let my quarterback get intercepted. Even if I’ve got to take a penalty in that situation — I’m gonna tackle that kid. I’m gonna punch him, I’m gonna do something to make sure that he doesn’t intercept the ball.”