Marvin Lewis Says Refs Blew Call Against Taylor Mays

Cincinnati Bengals safety Taylor Mays put a big hit on Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree during the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason game -- the Packers prevailed, 27-13 -- but Mays also drew a big penalty. The personal foul call didn't sit well with Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, as he explained to Bengals.com after the game:

"It was exactly shoulder-to-shoulder. Unfortunately, the guy that made the call's explanation was not correct," Lewis said. "It's one of those things. They are getting better. Hopefully, it will get closer and closer to what we need. His understanding was that the player was a defenseless receiver. He was, but you are allowed to hit a defenseless receiver shoulder-to-shoulder. There is no such thing as a defenseless player unless he is hit in the head with your head. It was a misinterpretation of the rule. I know they are working hard. The league is working hard to get this stuff corrected. They are working overtime on it actually. It'll get better and better."

The hit looked clean upon first glance, and Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation pointed out that Mays led with his shoulder at the time of the hit. Here is another look so you can decide for yourself.

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