Former Falcons player officiated Saints-Falcons game

Thursday night’s Saints-Falcons game ended with New Orleans coach Sean Payton charging onto the field to yell at an official, and he later ripped the officiating as “extremely poor” and “inconsistent.”

Sunday, the NFL confirmed to NBC Sports that one of the officials on that crew is a former Falcons player. Phil McKinnely, who played five seasons as an offensive lineman/tight end with Atlanta from 1976 through 1980, worked as the down judge for the game.

The Saints were flagged 11 times for 87 yards Thursday night, while the Falcons were penalized four times for 35 yards.

“Obviously, looking back through it, I thought the officiating was extremely poor, inconsistent would be a good way to put it, and I thought that had a lot to do with the way this game ended,” Payton said after the game.

The NFL is reportedly reviewing Payton’s conduct in going onto the field to yell at an official late in the game.

“Coach McAdoo told me I could continue to start while Geno and Davis are given an opportunity to play,” Manning said. “My feeling is that if you are going to play the other guys, play them. Starting just to keep the streak going and knowing you won’t finish the game and have a chance to win it is pointless to me, and it tarnishes the streak. Like I always have, I will be ready to play if and when I am needed. I will help Geno and Davis prepare to play as well as they possibly can.”

His future will include rooting like crazy for the Oregon Ducks and, having been a Top 40 AM radio DJ in high school, perhaps some voice work.

Scott also can look back on all the games he did: Among them, he was the plate umpire for Scott Erickson’s no-hitter, he worked a season-opening series in Australia, and was the last umpire to eject hot-tempered manager Billy Martin.
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