FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said the NFL will certainly take another look at the controversial non-call against his team that cut its comeback against the Seattle Seahawks short Sunday.
That means Quinn plans to send the play in which it occurred to the league for review. It won't change the outcome, but it will let everyone officially know the refs got it wrong and use it as a teaching moment.
Quinn was noticeably furious when the refs did not throw a flag for pass interference after Richard Sherman held down Julio Jones' arm on a 4th-and-10 with about a minute left in the game.
"On the sideline, I was certainly- like I said- ticked as a competitor. I thought it would have gone the other way, but the message I gave to the team- and I whole heartedly believe it- is it never comes down to one play," Quinn said Monday.
The non-call has resurrected the debate over whether pass interference should be reviewable during a game. The league's competition committee has discussed it before, but it has long stood by the notion that it is a judgment call by referees and therefore should not be reviewable.
Quinn said he thinks the debate is a good one because the penalty is so big.
"I don't have an opinion on that matter right now, but I do think let's look at the evidence, talk to the competition committee and come up with a group approach," he said.
Jones said after the game he thought he had been interfered with by Sherman, but he was not overly-upset after the non-call. He told reporters after the game that it was not his job to get upset.
"That's my job to make sure the officials know that," Quinn said. "And I certainly tried to get that point across yesterday."
Quinn is only in his second year as a head coach. Before joining the Falcons in 2015, he was a defensive coordinator at Seattle and held other assistant NFL coaching jobs prior. But now that he is in charge, his way of interacting with refs and sideline officials during games has been something he has had to adjust and work on.
"Definitely had to learn that on the job, knowing what conversation to have at what point of the game. So, going through some of that last year, I definitely have maybe a better mindfulness or better awareness of when 'I need to talk to you now, right when the next stop comes to make sure we're on the same page' or to get my concerns out."
Do veteran coaches get more respect from officials? Quinn wasn't sure.
"You certainly think that from afar, but I don't know," he said while shrugging and laughing. "I would say the answer is no, but maybe it does. Hadn't come my way, I don't have the tenure."