Originally Posted by Sea Ray
It's a black eye on the NFL that they didn't quietly remove Carey after that season
The problem wasn't just the call. There are plenty of wrong calls made throughout the NFL season. The problem arises when an official doesn't admit to their mistake. When Carey said Smith tackled the QB "too hard" it wasn't a mea culpa, rather Carey still thinking he made the right call. The respected officials will admit to blowing a call, see Jim Joyce.