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Jerome Boger on Patriots penalty: It’s any kind of pushing action

Nick Folk AP

Patriots coach Bill Belichick disagreed with the personal foul call on defensive lineman Chris Jones in overtime of Sunday’s 30-27 loss to the Jets, but both a reading of the rule and referee Jeome Boger’s explanation make it hard to agree with Belichick’s take.

Boger spoke to a pool reporter — Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com — after the game and explained why Jones was flagged for the penalty.

“The call was that No. 94 on the defense pushed his teammate into the formation,” Boger said. “That is a rule change for 2013 that a teammate cannot push a teammate into the opponents’ formation.”

Belichick said it was his belief that the push was only illegal if it came from a player on the second level of the defense, but Boger said that wasn’t the case.

“Any push. It could be with the body, not necessarily with the hand, but with the body into his teammate, into the formation. It’s any type of pushing action,” Boger said.

As for Jones himself, he took the blame for the costly penalty when speaking with reporters after the game.

“It was something we talked about in camp and it just skipped out of my mind,” Jones said, via WEEI.com. “It was my mistake and nobody else’s. I just have to man up to it and fix it next time. I was just trying to get that extra little umph in the middle, to get up there.”

It’s the first time the rule has been called since being put into place before this season, which made a little-noticed change to the rulebook a much-noticed ending to a game.

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50 Responses to “Jerome Boger on Patriots penalty: It’s any kind of pushing action”
  1. dlk47823 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:46 PM

    You may not like the rule Bill, but your team broke it……

  2. ghjjf says: Oct 20, 2013 6:48 PM

    Jerome Boger is the best referee in the league.

  3. ryann252013 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:49 PM

    I don’t see all the hoopla, a rule is a rule and NE broke it.

  4. rikpel says: Oct 20, 2013 6:50 PM

    Bill you did not pay the Refs this week like last week.

  5. vaphinfan says: Oct 20, 2013 6:51 PM

    If it was the other way around and pats won cause of the call you would hear nothing but how Billicheat is the greastest coach ever and how Tom Brady is the best thing ever. Especially on espngay

  6. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:52 PM

    stupid rule. seems all there are in the nfl today is more rules against this and this and that. don’t hit here. don’t touch this guy. now don’t push?

  7. gentarch says: Oct 20, 2013 6:52 PM

    “It’s the first time the rule has been called since being put into place before this season, which made a little-noticed change to the rulebook a much-noticed ending to a game.”

    It’s week 7 and not ONE other team has done this?

    Consistency is all that is asked

  8. urmomsmyho says: Oct 20, 2013 6:53 PM

    Belichik was complaining bc he didn’t think it was a penalty since the push didn’t come from the second level. Someone needs to let him know that it’s 2013 and the rule has been changed.

  9. exnavysub says: Oct 20, 2013 6:56 PM

    Was there this much hoopla over the missed blatant holding call on last TD for the Pats last week in New Orleans? That was a far bigger controversy than this play on the field goal attempt. Or maybe its just that everyones use to things going the Patriots way when it comes to calls…..

  10. nfl4days says: Oct 20, 2013 6:56 PM

    Since the rule hurt the patriots it will no doubt be change by the end of this season. Cant have rules that go against the patriots.

  11. august1969 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:57 PM

    live by the sword, die by the sword

  12. idothis2 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:59 PM

    Anyone that doesnt think that the Pats coach that play in practice and were aware that it is an infraction is beyond naive. it’s a shame that Jones had to fall on the sword for something that he was coached to do. “It was my mistake and nobody else’s. I just have to man up to it and fix it next time.” Come on smh. That statement screams that he was instructed to do it on the sidelines right before the play.

  13. cwk22 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:01 PM

    From a Dolphins Fan. Nice win Jets!

  14. 8man says: Oct 20, 2013 7:03 PM

    I asked for discussion and review in previous threads and it sounds like everything was done correctly here. I guess my only question is does it warrant the stature of a personal foul and a 15 yard penalty?

  15. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 20, 2013 7:05 PM

    Would I have preferred a non controversial end…Yes, but If the penalty isn’t called this game still wouldn’t have been decided as Pats would of gotten ball back at Jets 40 so please knumbskulls stop comparing this to the Bucs game where folk kicks the winner as time ends.

    Regardless I’ll take it given we were robbed of that Stephen Hill TD in regulation, which if was allowed the game wouldn’t even gone into OT.

    -Hard fought game.
    -Jets D Line Rocked esp in 2nd half.
    -Receiving corps looking respectable.
    -Geno is having incremental improvement, which is all I ask. Next step is 2 in a row.
    -Secondary tightened up when it mattered.
    -O-Line Ground & Pound back!
    -Rivalry alive again…. Jets made Brady look average & shut him down!!!

    Go Jets!!! 4-3 All alone in 2nd place!

    Be Scared Haters!

  16. gentarch says: Oct 20, 2013 7:13 PM

    Bottom Line is the Pats played poorly and the Jets played better.

    But one again discussing the rule and it’s application. This is the first time this season that a player pushed his teamate into the offensive line during a field goal? ….anybody?

    And if/ when this rule is called or not called again this season will be very interesting.

  17. stampnhawk says: Oct 20, 2013 7:18 PM

    So on every FG and PAT attempt through the 100+ games this year, there’s never been an instance of one player inadvertently running into the back of a teammate or bracing themselves against the back of a teammate, pushing one guy further (as it clearly wasn’t blatant)?

    That is, until a long OT FG attempt for the only local team in the largest league media market, that has any sort of chance to make it to the hometown SB in 3 months time, in a tight divisonal game?

    Ok then. I have a bridge I may consider selling…

  18. pftfan says: Oct 20, 2013 7:19 PM

    LOL at all these Patriots fans doing their best Nancy Kerrigan impressions:

    WHYYYYYY? WHY ME!?!

  19. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 20, 2013 7:23 PM

    Jerome Boger on penalty: “Do the 2014 Audi’s come with custom monogrammed steering wheel warmers? I’ve got a ton of money to blow after fixing the Jets game.”

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:24 PM

    pftfan says:

    LOL at all these Patriots fans doing their best Nancy Kerrigan impressions:
    ____________________

    Yeah there’s a few Pats fan whining, but as a Pats fan myself I know very well the call had absolutely nothing to do with who won or lost the game.

    The Pats lost because the Jets played well and because the Pats failed to take advantage of the opportunities they had to put more points up on the board up to and including their last field goal instead of a TD on that drive.

  21. blue18hutthutt says: Oct 20, 2013 7:26 PM

    Pats got away with an egregious hold at the end of the Saints game so it balances out

    Blame the fact your offense couldn’t must up anything with -5 yards on 4 drives to start the second half and lost despite the Jets spotting 7 points

  22. blue18hutthutt says: Oct 20, 2013 7:28 PM

    Bad rule. Good call.

  23. TheWizard says: Oct 20, 2013 7:46 PM

    Jets were better today, simple as that.

    I don’t see Patriots fans whining as much as I see the spygate crowd beating their chests doing the Tarzan yell.

  24. billybenoitlsu says: Oct 20, 2013 7:50 PM

    Great win JETS !!! Thank you …. Who Dat Nation !!

  25. pats777 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:52 PM

    I find it hard to believe that this is the first time in hundreds of FG and PAT attempts this year that a player has committed this penalty, bizarre rule as it is. Why was it called on such a pivotal play and never before is beyond me.

  26. thedoctlc says: Oct 20, 2013 7:52 PM

    First of all, even if the rule was interpreted and called correctly (it wasn’t), is it really worth 15 yards and an automatic first down? Keep in mind this is sudden death overtime and 15 yards of field position is NOT negligible, so don’t tell me that it wasn’t a factor in the Patriots losing.

    As for the interpretation (which Boger’s crew effed up), it ONLY applies to second-level defenders (think about how it could possibly be enforced otherwise); Jones initially lined up on the LOS pre-snap. If a fellow lineman of Jones happens to get more penetration (or is blocked down low, or whatever), and he’s trying to go up high for the block, you’re telling me that’s unsportsmanlike conduct and is worth not only the distance but a 1st down? Please.

    I wish I could bet real money on which crew WON’T be working the Superbowl this year.

  27. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Oct 20, 2013 7:53 PM

    I sneeze bogers all the time.

    For starters (2013).

    That means a new rule!
    Too many new rules as it is.

    It is like government intervention.
    A political grandstand.
    And what’s this?

    Pushing in football?
    Oh no, who have thought
    that football is a contact sport..

    LOL, out

  28. thegronk87 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:03 PM

    Whats the big deal? Jets will end up in 2nd or 3rd place at the end of the year regardless of today’s game.

  29. billsfan1 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:09 PM

    I find it hard to believe that this is the first time in hundreds of FG and PAT attempts this year that a player has committed this penalty, bizarre rule as it is. Why was it called on such a pivotal play and never before is beyond me.

    Ironically, the same thing could be said about the tuck rule….

  30. billsfan1 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:13 PM

    Jerome Boger on penalty: “Do the 2014 Audi’s come with custom monogrammed steering wheel warmers? I’ve got a ton of money to blow after fixing the Jets game

    You should stop posting because you have not once ever added anything worthwhile.
    Ironic that a pats fan would criticize anybody about cheating… really?

  31. melikefootball says: Oct 20, 2013 8:16 PM

    No interest in either team but oh wow what a call. If it is any player pushing any player than why of why have we not seen it called all year when each game we see a player where the same team player pushes one of own for a gain of yardage, no flag. If the NFL finds in necessary to have rule then by God how about calling them all the time.

  32. jedimasterbates says: Oct 20, 2013 8:26 PM

    Rushing over to argue with the official, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski tripped over a discarded Gatorade cup and twisted his ankle. Calling it a “light sprain”, team doctors expect Gronkowski to miss at least one game.

  33. koenig61 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:26 PM

    So Boger admits the rule was talked about in training camp and he just forgot, yet BB doesn’t know the rule? Is that because BB doesn’t have his finger on the pulse of every yacht of his team? Is it because the assistant coaches knew, the players knew, yet somehow word never got to BB about the rule?. And for all of those people saying the penalty hasn’t been called all year until now, is it possible that NO OTHER team has committed the penalty, because they know the rule? So unless you have film of other teams committing the penalty and it not being called, your argument doesn’t hold water. Perhaps the other teams coaches placed a little more emphasis on the rule to their players. It’s obvious that NE didn’t place enough emphasis because BB didn’t know the rule.

  34. joestemme says: Oct 20, 2013 8:30 PM

    Bill Belichick says that this rule applies only to a “second-level”.

    Translation: “We’ve been practicing this move all the time on special teams and got caught.”

  35. koenig61 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:30 PM

    Additional note, the penalty isn’t called on running plays, such as when a lineman pushes the RB towards a first down or towards goal line, only on kicking attempts. Also it was the players who asked for the rule to be added, as they felt safety was an issue for offensive linemen when two players are pile driving ahead against them. So patriots can’t blame Goodell or coaches or owners on this one. The players wanted the rule.

  36. audge86 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:32 PM

    Omg can the rules make the game any softer?

    I’m not gonna argue about whether it should have been called. But damn that rule is horrible.

    It was overall a poorly officiated game imo.

  37. sopadegato says: Oct 20, 2013 8:38 PM

    Boger is the worst referee in the NFL. He’s admittedly biased against teams (He hates Houston, has actively screwed them over on live TV, including high-fiving the opposing QB – which the NFL later edited out), has had multiple notorious botched calls, has had his mistakes wiped out in order to let him screw the Super Bowl, and continues to have a job.

  38. thedoctlc says: Oct 20, 2013 8:48 PM

    “So Boger admits the rule was talked about in training camp and he just forgot, yet BB doesn’t know the rule? Is that because BB doesn’t have his finger on the pulse of every yacht of his team? Is it because the assistant coaches knew, the players knew, yet somehow word never got to BB about the rule?. And for all of those people saying the penalty hasn’t been called all year until now, is it possible that NO OTHER team has committed the penalty, because they know the rule? So unless you have film of other teams committing the penalty and it not being called, your argument doesn’t hold water. Perhaps the other teams coaches placed a little more emphasis on the rule to their players. It’s obvious that NE didn’t place enough emphasis because BB didn’t know the rule.”

    Hey genius: not only did BB get his coaching break in the league ~40 years ago as a special teams coach, but the Patriots audit themselves EVERY offseason. Needless to say this “rule change” didn’t slip through the cracks.

    In any case, on a long FG attempt (this one was 56 yards), the objective is to either penetrate and/or go up high to prevent a line drive kick since that’s the only way a team can convert from that distance. At worst, Jones (who started off ON THE LOS AND NOT ON THE SECOND LEVEL) got caught behind his fellow DT in the push up the middle. As an objective football fan, is that worth 15 yards and a first down? Compare it to offsides – a much more egregious penalty in that situation – which is only 5 yards.

    Way to go, league.

  39. ampats says: Oct 20, 2013 8:51 PM

    Congrats to the Jets Nation:

    Didn’t like instituting a new call to decide a game but the Jets outplayed the Patriots today.

  40. peteyusn says: Oct 20, 2013 9:04 PM

    Its funny seeing all the dolfin fans here celebrating the patriots loss, especially virgin flimflan or whatever its name is. You pathetic team has now lost three in a row, great team they have this year. I guess thats what you do when your team has won only two wild card playoff games in the last 15 years. Congrats to the Jets on a hard fought win.

  41. meusoc says: Oct 20, 2013 9:12 PM

    A Sports website in Boston is reporting that the NFL changed the wording of the rule on their website AFTER the game. The website says they have the proof. WOW!

  42. phillynac says: Oct 20, 2013 9:14 PM

    All the Pats haters are making more of this than the fans…the truth is that this game doesn’t really mean all that much considering the Fish lost and it looks like the Pats will run away with the division…and oh yeah, they will be getting back Talib, Amendola, Vereen and Gronk will be getting better as he gets into playing shape…the Pats are looking to be in pretty good shape to me.

  43. justanotherdummy says: Oct 20, 2013 9:18 PM

    Boger is the worst referee in the NFL. When you see him you know you are in for a 4+ hour game due the zillion real and imagined calls he and his crew will make. I hate the sight of him.

  44. jrs1972 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:36 PM

    billybenoitlsu says: Oct 20, 2013 7:50 PM

    Great win JETS !!! Thank you …. Who Dat Nation !!
    ——————
    What the hell is a “who dat nation”?

  45. bigbamboom1 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:50 PM

    Urgent message to NFL. You have a runaway rules system that is destroying the very fabric of professional football. Cheap picky rules like the subject of this article and tic tac fouls called on most pass plays are just examples of rules interpretations that need to simply go away.

    There should never be a penalty on any play exceeding 15 yards in any football game. Catastrophic pass interference calls have gotten so epidemic and bad in the NFL, that it threatens the very integrity of the game, league and its officials. Every team now considers the officials extensions of their offensive potential now. And even train receivers to fake interference and plead calls after every single pass play. Often to successful results. Especially when we fans wade in. The “point of occurrence PI is simply bad rule gone horrible. And it needs to go away.

    As bad as the rule is regarding this article, it was not the reason the Patriots lost the game IMO. That reason would be inspired play by the Jets. And Tom Brady and Josh McDaniel’s complete inability to preserve a heroic effort again by the defense and its Pick 6. Once again TB was inaccurate, ineffective and seemed confused about who to target. McDaniel’s play calling and game management is way below par this year. Bill O’Brien is very much missed as Offensive Coordinator IMO. McDaniel and Brady seem to be completely disconnected from real opportunities on the field most of the time.

    Even Gronkowski was overthrown often and poorly utilized by Brady/McDaniel. Brady constantly overthrew wide open receivers. He has done that often this year. And I am beginning to think the chemistry problem with the rookies is more about Tom than them right now. Don’t get me wrong here. I am still a big Brady fan. And I think he will get it going in November-December barring anymore catastrophic injuries. I am just suggesting that he is not above criticism. And a lot of the fault for erratic offensive play is about him and Josh McDaniel. Not a bad rule call in overtime of a game the Patriots were clearly outplayed in.

    One last thing. None of these young QBs that are loaded in the NFL, nor Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and yes Tom Brady are as good as they appear today. Most of this offensive success is about bad rules that make NFL defenses impotent. The Patriots need a bye fast to regroup.

  46. gallaghedj311 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:58 PM

    New England Karma

  47. koenig61 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:42 AM

    @Thedoctlc you’re just proving my point by going on and on about BB breaking into the league as a special teams coach. My point is BB knew the rule, and his interpetation(sound familiar spy gate?) was that it was legal to do this, so long as it wasn’t from the second level. Well BB needs to read the rule book better. (No the NFL websites rules, but the ACTUAL rule book). The rule book says nothing about second level. You can tell it was a taught play, because jones immediately moved to his right and placed his hands on the defender in front of him and started shoving. You talk about how to block a kick, is to get penetration or jump high (well duh thanks dick Tracey ). Apparently most teams in the league knew it was illegal,to shove another player, except for BBs interpetation of this rule. Even your own player said he knew the rule, because they were told in spring training during practices. Jones wasn’t “caught” behind his own player, he immediately shifted to his right and shoved. Your gripe seems to be the penalty is too severe as far as yardage? Does that mean you are at least admitting it was a penalty ? Also for others complaining it’s the first time it’s been called, maybe other teams just understand the rule better than the pats coach did, otherwise he wouldn’t have coached his second level theory. Pats fan love to push the idea that BB is a football genius, and everything, “everything” is coached, double checked and crossed reference through BB and he doesn’t do anything unless it helps him win. Yet they are the same fans who say taping gave the Pats no advantage. Hmmm so which is it, does BB only do things that help him win? Or did he just tape because he was bored? When calls aid in the pats winning ( as lots of calls usually do for them) the fans say, “hey it’s a rule and the refs called it”. However when it causes a loss, then the fans are upset about the ruling. Man up, it’s just one loss. Wear it, own it.

  48. jolink653 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:49 AM

    It’s not that the rule is a really stupid rule (which it is), and nowhere in this article does it mention Jones was stunting after lining up over the snapper (meaning he was not on the second level and in no way was trying to shove anyone through the line), but there’s a time to call garbage like that and a time to stick the whistle in your pocket and generally at the end of the game calls like that are never made…to influence the game in such a negative way is terrible; the refs had been letting the players play and kept the flags in their pockets all game (and there were a lot of pretty blatant no-calls for both sides, which is also fine), and you choose that time, throwing the flag AFTER the kick is missed, to institute that rule? When it’s not even clear that he violated that rule? Really a shame to have the game decided by that

    And stop complaining about the call in last week’s game…there’s holding on just about every play of every game each year and the refs kept the whistles in their pockets like they’re supposed to do at the end of the game…the Jones call is entirely different

  49. walkinginthewasteland says: Oct 21, 2013 10:25 AM

    Tuck rule that, beantown blowhards.

  50. koenig61 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:40 AM

    You pats fan just refuse to acknowledge defeat. Watch the replay, the ref is standing right behind jones, and as soon as jones starts shoving th player in from of hi, he throws the flag, and while the article doesn’t mention stunting, several pats fans have ousted this.

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