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Brian Hoyer on Trent Taylor penalty: ‘I don’t want to get fined’

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49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer talked about Taylor’s offensive pass interference penalty from Thursday’s game against the Rams.

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Everybody watching the San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams game on Thursday Night Football was robbed by a controversial offensive pass interference call on wide receiver Trent Taylor late. That call stymied any chance the 49ers had at winning the game and it was a pretty weak call.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer was asked about the call during the postgame press conference and his initial reaction was very telling.

“I don’t want to get fined,” he said.

Players or coaches who criticize the officials publicly can be fined by the NFL — a terrible, ugly rule creates situations where quotes like the one above need to be made. A reporter did try to ask a follow-up, asking Hoyer what he personally saw on the play.

“I don’t see it because I’m thrown into a spot. In that time of the game I would think you would let people play. But I haven’t seen it. I have to go and watch the film. You know what, you don’t want to leave it up to the refs hands anyways. You hope you make a few plays earlier in the game to change the outcome. If it comes down to that, then that’s what it is. That’s what the guys job is to do.”

The part about letting people play is the key part from where I’m sitting. Was it a penalty? Probably. But it was such a ticky-tacky call at the absolute worst time that I’m honestly shocked the officials called it.

Would the 49ers have won if that call wasn’t made? I have no idea. Can the loss be blamed on this call? No, I don’t think that’s fair. Officiating, as a rule, is pretty terrible all around, making it even out in a way. The penalties on the Rams weren’t all great penalties either.

Still a pretty crummy way to end things.