--Broncos coach John Fox was apoplectic over officiating procedural gaffes that marred the first half of Monday's loss. He was particularly rankled over a pass interference call against cornerback Tony Carter that was eventually overturned after instant replay showed that Matt Ryan's pass had been tipped by Broncos safety Mike Adams -- something that appeared readily evident when the play was viewed in real time.
Referee Robert Dalton inadvertently left his microphone on, which allowed the audience to hear Fox yelling as Dalton tried to explain that the interference came before the pass was tipped, which replay proved to not be the case. The Broncos nevertheless had to burn a challenge, and then found themselves out after challenging a 12-men-on-the-field infraction in the second quarter.
Fox didn't want to say much about the calls after the game.
"It's pretty typical of most games, regardless of who the officials are. That's a side note. I don't think it's worth mentioning," he said.
--Denver's pass rush hasn't come up to speed as the team had hoped. Although its season total of six sacks is decent, half of them came late in the Steelers game on Sept. 9, when Ben Roethlisberger was in deep-pass mode and extended his time in the pocket waiting for late-opening receivers downfield.
"They did a good job chipping and stuff. No excuses," said Dumervil. "I've still got to get there and do my job, get better and roll with the punches."
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