The Raiders got flagged 12 times for 117 yards in their 27-21 win over the Vikings on Sunday and coach Hue Jackson isn’t happy about it.
Jackson said that he plans to contact the league office to complain about the officiating in the game. He said that he felt that some of the calls were “a little unfair” and suggested that his team is being unjustly targeted.
“I know everyone says we’re the most-penalized team in football and that’s a fact, and I’m not running from that,” Jackson said. “But there’s no way, some things that happened today on that football field, I question. I just do, and I have to, and I’m going to defend my team. It’s time that I do that.”
Jackson also complained about the explanations, or lack of them, from officials when he asks them about calls. He seemed particularly concerned with four personal fouls for illegal hits.
“I don’t even know what football is right now,” Jackson said, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t know what hitting is, I don’t know what tackling is, and I’ve been in this league a long time. I can’t tell you what tackling or hitting or what’s a personal foul or what’s anything anymore.”
The Raiders are the most penalized team in the NFL and they are on pace to break the single-season record for penalties by any team. It hasn’t hurt them too much in the standings — they lead the AFC West at 6-4 — but it is a good idea for Jackson to do something to limit the chances that it winds up hurting them in the future.