The referees in Carolina may not have listened to Giants players' grievances after Sunday's heartbreaking loss to the Panthers, but Pat Shurmur sure did.
And no matter how bad the calls on the field get, the head coach made it clear he doesn't want to hear any more complaining.
In his weekly interview published on the Giants' website, Shurmur offered his thoughts on gripes from players like S Landon Collins, who said postgame "we need better refs" after officials called him for a controversial unnecessary roughness penalty that eventually led to a touchdown.
"I handled it with them, and the players assured me that that will never happen again," Shurmur said. "Those are excuses. When you talk about officiating, that's excuse-making and that's not what we do."
Collins attempted to intercept a fourth-quarter pass from Cam Newton when his helmet struck Devin Funchess, prompting a flag for "contact on a defenseless player."
After the game, Shurmur defended Collins, saying he made "a play on the ball with no attempt to target the receiver."
But when asked about the mood in the postgame locker room, Collins was a bit more colorful.
"The mood is we need better refs," he told The Athletic. "That's the mood. Point-blank, simple. It's bogus calls being called out there."
There was also the Panthers' last-minute short-yardage running play on 3rd-and-1, which officials controversially awarded a first down without checking the spot of the ball. The drive resulted in a game-winning 63-yard field goal.
"We need better referees," CB Janoris Jenkins added. "Better penalty calls. That's all I'm talking about. We just want to play football. Real football."
Bogus the calls may be, but as far as Shurmur is concerned, he has his players' word that the refs will no longer be blamed for the Giants' woes.