NFL: Dante Fowler’s kick-fumble deserved two penalties

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Dante Fowler‘s kick-fumble in the season opener was athletic. It also was illegal.

The Jaguars linebacker was not penalized for kicking the ball out of the hands of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, but officials should have thrown two flags, according to the league’s officiating chief.

Alberto Riveron, in his first season as the NFL’s chief of officiating, featured the play on his video review of Week 1.

“There are actually two fouls on this play,” Riveron said on the video. “Number one, it is unnecessary roughness for the kick, which carries a 15-yard penalty from the previous spot and an automatic first down. Number two, we can also have illegally kicking the ball when in player possession. That foul carries a 10-yard penalty, and an automatic first down from the previous spot. However, only one of these fouls may be enforced.”

No flag was thrown by referee Tony Corrente and his crew.

Instead, Fowler was credited with a forced fumble, and his teammate, Yannick Ngakoue, recovered.

23 responses to “NFL: Dante Fowler’s kick-fumble deserved two penalties

  1. And the referee who blew the call will move on to his next assignment with no repercussions whatsoever.

    The quality of NFL refereeing is the picture perfect example of what happens when people are permitted to perform their jobs with zero accountability.

  2. In other words, the NFL continues to employee terrible and/or crooked refs. Who would have guessed?
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    So you’re saying the refs were trying to help the Jags? I guess those 10 sacks were all induced by the stripes too. smh

  3. So you’re saying the refs were trying to help the Jags? I guess those 10 sacks were all induced by the stripes too. smh

    Nope, I’m saying referees at the highest level of the game should know that kicking the ball is a penalty. smh

  4. So let me get this straight, Fowler had the presence of mind to intentionally kick that ball loose? Me thinks B.S. It was luck/freak accident that it happened. Any given Sunday Gents, any given Sunday….

  5. If that should have been a penalty, it was a worse non-call than the roughing the QB penalty that was wholly invisible from multiple angles on the replay on Houston’s only scoring drive.

  6. I’m not disputing the legality of the play or the lack of penalt(ies) enforced, but watching this game live, it just seemed like he jumped up awkwardly to block the QB from throwing the ball and his leg accidentally hit the ball on his way down. It didn’t look like he purposely used his leg to knock the ball out. It’s not like he did some Bobby Boucher drop kick at the QB’s midsection to knock the ball out with his legs. I’m not sure if accident or not would rule out on of the 2 penalties, but this just seems like the NFL trying to make it seem worse than it was. I don’t see the NFL making a statement on the bogus calls against Jacksonville, so why make one about the calls that were missed? If you’re going to try and hold people responsible and call out mistakes, you can’t be one-sided or biased. It almost seems like part of their agenda is to perpetuate the same 3-4 teams as the faces and the same 3-4 teams as heels, and any sign of the bad teams trending upwards results in this type of shoulda, woulda, coulda “news” putting some sort of asterix on their achievements. It’s like they can’t help but find the needle in the haystack to complain about.

  7. At least he didn’t knock groceries out of the QBs hands and thorw them in the lake then step on his glasses.

  8. “The game is too fast. Need replay used for more situations.”

    No, we need less replay and more refs who can get obvious calls right the first time. It’s not nearly as hard as they make it look. They’re standing right there, on every side of the field watching every play from every angle. It’s not that hard to know the rules and watch what happens.

    Even like that Kareem Hunt TD run, they pitch it out to him, he runs to the pilon and tucks the ball in the endzone. Obvious the ball was clearly in, obvious his feet were never close to being out of bounds before that happened. Couldn’t be more plain to see, especially for a ref who’s literally standing 2 feet away.

    Yet they have to stop the game, stop the team from celebrating a nice play, and spend 3 minutes re-watching it on a tablet to say “yep, that’s obviously a touchdown”

    Instead of relying on replay for every stupid little thing, how about refs just be better at their jobs?

  9. How can there be two penalties? If there is a penalty for kicking a ball when it’s in possession of a player and you’re also going to call an unnecessary roughness penalty then there is no need to have a kicking the ball penalty. You can’t be penalized twice and I don’t see how you can kick the ball out of someone’s hands and have it be a kicking penalty and not an unnecessary roughness penalty. That’s like throwing an illegal contact flag along with a pass interference flag every time there is pass interference

  10. Yeah they missed some calls … It happens in every single game … That’s the Reality of the NFL … But the calls they missed in this game wouldn’t have mattered as far as the outcome . Jaguars owned the Texans all day long …

  11. halfcentaur says:
    September 15, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    “The game is too fast. Need replay used for more situations.”

    No, we need less replay and more refs who can get obvious calls right the first time. It’s not nearly as hard as they make it look. They’re standing right there, on every side of the field watching every play from every angle. It’s not that hard to know the rules and watch what happens.

    Even like that Kareem Hunt TD run, they pitch it out to him, he runs to the pilon and tucks the ball in the endzone. Obvious the ball was clearly in, obvious his feet were never close to being out of bounds before that happened. Couldn’t be more plain to see, especially for a ref who’s literally standing 2 feet away.

    Yet they have to stop the game, stop the team from celebrating a nice play, and spend 3 minutes re-watching it on a tablet to say “yep, that’s obviously a touchdown”

    Instead of relying on replay for every stupid little thing, how about refs just be better at their jobs?
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    Clearly you’ve never been a referee. The speed, the distances, number of bodies blocking your view of plays. Always looks easier on TV from the high angle.

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