After Sunday's disheartening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman made their way up the tunnel to the visitor's locker room inside Lincoln Financial Field.
A video shot by WKBW-TV's Joe Buscaglia captures someone – believed to be Thurman – saying that the officiating in Sunday's game was a "disgrace to the NFL."
On Monday, Ryan said he doesn't recall his defensive coordinator saying that.
"Things happen after games, very emotional and things like that," the Bills' coach said. "Conversations happen. I can’t tell you what Dennis said or whatever. I mean ... I'm not saying he did it, because I don’t recall him doing" it.
"I was close by him, so I don’t know if that was said or not said, or whatever. I can tell you this – a lot of things happen, emotional things happen after games. I know I had a conversation, but it was a private conversation with the official."
Ryan and his staff were believed to be upset about what they thought should have been an offensive pass interference call against the Eagles with just over 5 minutes left on a play in which tight end Zach Ertz gained 41 yards. That put Philadelphia within range for the go-ahead field goal.
"I am not going to get into any of that stuff, I can promise you that," Ryan said when asked if that was the call in particular he was upset about.
If it was indeed Thurman heard in the tape, there's a good chance he'll be hearing from the league. Calling the officials a "disgrace," is a rather blatant sign of disrespect. With his 20th-ranked defense, Thurman would seem to have bigger worries than the officials.
"Normally in games – especially tight games – ... is there a 100-percent agreement with officials? No, I don’t think so," Ryan said. "There is always one or two that maybe you have a disagreement with or whatever. But we never lost the game because of that. I can tell you that."
Ryan said the Bills send clips of penalties they either disagree with or would like clarification on to the league each week. He also reiterated what he said after Sunday's game, that referee Ed Hochuli's crew is one of the best in the NFL.
"Do I think that for most of the calls, did the officials get it right?" Ryan asked. "I think so."