Jaguars shocked at costly Paul Posluszny penalty

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The Jaguars were given an incredibly costly penalty late in overtime on Sunday against the Jets, as Jacksonville linebacker Paul Posluszny was flagged for taunting, handing the Jets 15 yards that helped them get into position for the game-winning field goal.

Afterward, coach Doug Marrone said he talked to referee Gene Steratore and couldn’t believe the call was on Posluszny, who has a reputation for good sportsmanship, not taunting.

“For taunting, he told me on the sideline,” Marrone said. “That’s way out of character. I even said something to Gene afterward, ‘You realize that was on 51 . . . on Poz? That might be the first one he’s ever had in his life.”

Posluszny said he thought the flag would have been thrown on Dylan Donahue of the Jets for an illegal blindside block, and he was stunned when he found out that the flag was on him for saying something to Donahue afterward.

“I got drilled,” Posluszny said. “That’s why I reacted the way I did. I’m interested to see what it looks like on film. I don’t see how I get cleaned up like that and then I get called for unsportsmanlike conduct. They have taken that play out of the game, you know what I mean? That’s what I’m confused about right now. I know I got cleaned up.”

On the play in question, the Jets returned a punt to the Jaguars’ 40-yard line, and from there the Jaguars’ defense would have had a chance to make a stop and keep the Jets from kicking a game-winning field goal. But after Posluszny’s penalty the Jets were at the 25, already in field goal range, and Chandler Catanzaro hit the game-winning 41-yard field goal. The penalty was costly, and confusing to the Jaguars.

39 responses to “Jaguars shocked at costly Paul Posluszny penalty

  1. The no call on the block in the back hit was egregious but ultimately Posluszny’s taunting and penalty for such would have off set each other. The taunting penalty was right but the no call did screw the Jags.

  2. At worst, it should’ve been offsetting penalties, but Posluszny did stand over the player while he was on the ground injured, and say something to him. That’s a pretty clear unsportsmanlike conduct call.

  3. These blown calls are hurting the game. Did anyone see the roughing the passer penalty called on Vontaze Burfict, for a perfect form tackle on Deshone Kizer? Equally as ridiculous.

  4. horrible call…it was out of bounds and the jets player tried to kill posluszny but got wrecked instead…i had no problem with it..bad call (im a jets fan)

  5. The hit was questionable- it was not “in the back” and PP was is in the neighborhood of the ball carrier, but it possibly could’ve been called as a blindside hit. The taunting was a no-doubter. He stood over an injured player yelling at him. That’s a penalty. If his rationale is that he had the right to do that because he didn’t like the hit, that’s on him. He has to know that’s getting called every time.

  6. It was a bad call, and may have cost the Jaguars the game.

    Also costing the Jaguars the game:

    * Allowing Bilal Powell to have a 70 yard TD run after Jalen Ramsey did not put a hand on him while he was on the ground.

    * A holding penalty on Fournette’s potential game winning TD.

    * Not giving Leonard Fournette the ball while inside the 10 yard line, down 3 points with two minutes left in regulation.

    * Marqise Lee dropping a third down pass in OT.

    * Marqise Lee mishandling a punt in OT.

    It was a team loss.

  7. you must be a league troll. You actually think at that point in the game a guy who just received an illegal block should get called 15 yards for “taunting”- a penalty that had an enormous impact on the game on a bs subjective call?

    The ref needs to exercise basic common sense there. Pathetic.

  8. Hard to watch the NFL. Officiating is terrible and determines wins/losses more than the players in the game.

  9. What did he say to the injured player? Just standing over him talking is no penalty. If no official heard him saying something that could be taunting, then no penalty. He might have indicated that he hoped the injury is not serious. NO? How do you know?

  10. After just about every play, all the coaches on the sidelines are jumping up and down acting like a bunch of babies, trying to influence the refs. They complain about every call. They argue every ball spot. They cry holding on every play. It’s constant, throughout every game. It trickles down to the players. Now they’re arguing every call. They’re just conditioned to do so. They just need to play football and leave the refereeing to the refs. I hear the same excuses all the time. It’s like the old saying “nothing good happens after midnight”. Well, nothing good can happen if you’re yapping at the refs after the play. Jax learned this one the hard way. Just play football, and shut up.

  11. If you’re not going to call the blindside hit out of bounds on that play, as an official, I don’t see how you’re calling ANYthing. You either call nothing or you call the hit and the taunting, offsetting. You don’t turn the game like that over WORDS. You just don’t.

  12. Very old saying in the NFL: “Hit first, but never hit back” – the officials always see the second guy. And now that the officials are listening for verbal attacks, you can’t say anything back either.

  13. stew48 says:
    October 2, 2017 at 9:36 am
    What did he say to the injured player? Just standing over him talking is no penalty. If no official heard him saying something that could be taunting, then no penalty. He might have indicated that he hoped the injury is not serious. NO? How do you know?
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    How do you know an official didn’t hear what he said? And to quote Pozluszny: “I got drilled,” Posluszny said. “That’s why I reacted the way I did”. That sounds to you like he was indicating “that he hoped the injury is not serious”.

    This is why the Jags are losers: They let a horrible team stick around, didn’t make enough plays to win, and when they lost, they blamed the refs.

  14. POZ and the Jaguars got majorly screwed on this call … Anybody watching the game saw that he got blindsided, if anything penalties should have offset each other , you don’t hand the Jets a game winning field goal in Overtime like that …

  15. Taunting vs screaming at a player who just tried to intentionally hurt
    you are different .What bothers me is the lack of discussion betweeen the
    officials in order to get things right.
    Poz is one of the most respectful players ever. They blew it!

  16. More Jets cheating? No way!

    Who flags someone for “taunting” during an OT?

    Only with the Jets do OT shenanigans like this exist. Goodell’s henchmen are alive and well folks!

  17. Lamar Flores Jr. says:
    October 2, 2017 at 9:51 am
    POZ and the Jaguars got majorly screwed on this call … Anybody watching the game saw that he got blindsided, if anything penalties should have offset each other , you don’t hand the Jets a game winning field goal in Overtime like that …

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    Welcome to the club.

    Goodell is a former Jets employee and is under serious pressure to improve the NY market. With the Giants 0-4, he will do anything to promote any team in the AFC that have a sniff at the division for as long as possible, as long as fans don’t pay attention to his cheating.

    His instructions were on full display in Foxborough yesterday as well, which is how Carolina won.

  18. meadowlandssports says:
    October 2, 2017 at 9:50 am
    Very old saying in the NFL: “Hit first, but never hit back” – the officials always see the second guy. And now that the officials are listening for verbal attacks, you can’t say anything back either.

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    Better yet, Goodell cheats. We’ve seen OT shenanigans from the Jets before where they benefit to try to help them win.

    Goodell is under serious pressure to create a parity this season with ratings tanking, but this open cheating by using the refs to manipulate outcomes of games, will only further hurt the league.

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    robkeezy says:
    October 2, 2017 at 9:14 am
    At worst, it should’ve been offsetting penalties, but Posluszny did stand over the player while he was on the ground injured, and say something to him. That’s a pretty clear unsportsmanlike conduct call.

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    Umm, there should be no subjective penalties in OT, only egregious ones that they are forced to call.

    Yelling at someone after a big hit is not a penalty. Good grief, what is happening to the NFL?

  20. for the first time this year I actually got to sit down and watch at least parts of several games yesterday – the officiating thru out was AWFUL, phantom calls, no-calls everywhere. This call, a ridiculous Burfict roughing call for a textbook tackle, the Rams having to challenge a touchdown not called with two feet down and the ref standing 4 feet away looking right at it. etc etc.

    This is week 4 right?

  21. tylawspick6 says

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    Umm, there should be no subjective penalties in OT, only egregious ones that they are forced to call.

    Yelling at someone after a big hit is not a penalty. Good grief, what is happening to the NFL?
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    There should be no overtime games when you are playing against the Jets. If you’re in overtime against a team whose management is rooting for them to lose, that’s a you problem

  22. Wait, I thought everyone stopped watching the NFL to boycott the protests, so how did everyone see this yet?

  23. eekster33 says:
    October 2, 2017 at 10:39 am
    Wait, I thought everyone stopped watching the NFL to boycott the protests, so how did everyone see this yet?

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    i did not

    reading about it now

    not watching any other games

    direct tv cancelled

    make sense, millennial?

  24. “BTW, I am not an NFL fan any longer, and never was a fan of either team!”
    ____________

    Then you are wasting a whole lot of time for absolutely nothing posting to message boards about leagues and teams you care nothing about. Perhaps you should find another hobby?

  25. TheDPR says:
    October 2, 2017 at 9:44 am
    If you’re not going to call the blindside hit out of bounds on that play,
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    I don’t know if it was a blindside sit or not (it wasn’t from behind), but it was definitely NOT out of bounds.

  26. I can’t wait for the real officials that are out on strike to come back so we can get rid of these replacement referees. I remember so vividly when they went on strike..all we heard about was how bad these replacements would be, and sure enough, they are horrible. We must force the NFL to capitulate to the union so we can get the quality ones back on the field.

  27. detroitfanatic says:
    October 2, 2017 at 11:35 am
    A guy gets blindsided, then screams at the guy who illegally blindsided him, and the blindsided guy gets penalized?

    Only in today’s NFL.

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    Or, Goodell made that happen so the Jets could get closer to kick the game winner to try to keep pace with NE.

    Only in today’s NFL with protected teams or not, is right. Been going on for a decade now.

    Pats fans see it almost weekly, it’s just the close games where it becomes more obvious.

  28. Ultimately speaking, any coach will tell you to never leave it so close that a call by the Refs could decide it.

    They were gifted a touchdown on the lateral by McCown to Powell that Jack picked up to score. They got another late interception–on both situations, I have no idea why the Jets were passing–both seemed like dumb decisions. McCown threw a lateral in heavy traffic when his target wasn’t looking–not great he didn’t just pull back on the throw.

    But keep in mind, the Jets are set up to lose as many games as possible. I still believe the Jaguars are actually trying to win games. For them to lose to the Jets, or for it to even be that close, its not a good sign. If they stick with Bortles then they may actually be trying to tank for a new QB in 2018.

    They gave up 256 rushing yards to the Jets. I would focus on that, not a bad call late in overtime.

  29. Optics. He was talking stuff at taunting what appeared to be a seriously injured guy. Now, maybe the dude deserved a WTF? rebuking, but the Jags guy kept at it long after it was obvious the Jet already got his.

    Not saying the call was right. But I can see the refs being both confused and offended. The guy seemed hurt. Bad.

  30. Won’t blame the refs for the L. But pretty sure you can’t cross check in football. Ugly game all around, but this was a back breaker of a penalty to not be called offsetting fouls.

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