Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil could be hearing soon from the league office after he was caught on camera by CBS flipping an obscene gesture at game officials in the Titans game with Denver.
Cecil was apparently upset over a roughing the passer call on defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, who was flagged on a questionable call for hitting Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton below the knees on a sack.
Marks was also offsides on the third-and-1 incompletion. That penalty was declined in favor of the roughing the passer call helped the Broncos score the game's first touchdown.
"Maybe the offsides was questionable, but come on, man. You're taking too much out of the game if you call that an [illegal] hit," Marks said of the play that triggered Cecil's gesture.
Cecil declined comment after the Titans' 26-20 loss to the Broncos.
Cecil did not comment, but one of his players did and understood completely their coach's frustration.
"I think that's warranted," defensive end Jason Babin said of the gesture after the call. "You've got a guard pulling down on a defensive tackle, and he's fighting for his life, trying to get to the quarterback. What's he supposed to do? Stop, stand up and hit the quarterback. I just hope I'm not in the NFL when the quarterbacks have a red jersey on and we can't hit him anymore. It is so frustrating."
Cecil is not the first Titans official to be seen making an obscene gesture at LP Field. Last year owner Bud Adams was fined $250,000 after he flipped the finger both from his luxury box and from the field after the game.
An NFL official at the league office said the league would review the situation. Cecil was fined $20,000 last year for getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the San Diego Chargers.
Here is video from the Cecil incident: