Hue Jackson disagrees with penalty on Jabrill Peppers hit


The Browns were trying to keep the Bengals from adding to a seven-point lead on a third down in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game when Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton tried a deep pass to wide receiver Josh Malone.

Malone was trying to catch the pass one-handed — cornerback Jamar Taylor had a good grip of Malone’s other arm — when he was drilled by Browns safety Jabrill Peppers, who dislodged the ball and drew a penalty flag in short order. Peppers was called for a hit to the head/neck of a defenseless receiver, which gave the Bengals a first down on their way to a Joe Mixon touchdown and a 30-16 final score.

There was contact with Malone’s helmet on the hit, but Browns coach Hue Jackson said after the game that he thought it was the result of a clean hit by Peppers.

“I didn’t see that [it was a hit to the helmet],” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of “I thought the shoulder hit the guy in the chest. It’s just natural the torque of the head and those things could have brought the offensive player’s helmet down on our defensive player. That’s football to me. He didn’t target the guy’s head. I just think that’s a huge call in the game, you gotta get that one right.”

The Browns may not have been able to rally back even if the Bengals were forced to punt at that point in the proceedings, but the quest for the second win of Jackson’s tenure got a lot harder when that flag hit the grass.

25 responses to “Hue Jackson disagrees with penalty on Jabrill Peppers hit

  1. Would the Browns even know what a good clean hit looks like?

    Other than a handful of plays, this team is just painful to watch.

    How many teams have gone through complete rebuilds since the “New Browns” came into being? Almost 20 yrs and they actually look worse each year.

  2. Oh but, Hue…. see, it IS football. But we have liberals running the NFL now, and liberal lawyers foaming out the mouth to take down the NFL, and the liberal soccer moms out there trying to bring down all contact sports. So as far as the NFL goes, this is NOT football.

  3. hits in football is like a catch these days. nobody knows what is legal. peppers hits with the shoulder knocks the ball out and is called for playing football to rough?

  4. The officiating is so bad they call things that never happened. Buffalo was called for a roughing penalty late in the game on a hit that never happened. The more I see these “phantom” calls, the more I think that the referees receive payoffs in one form or another.

  5. I’m far from a Peppers fan or Browns fan, but that was not a good call as it was a clean hit and the receiver had possession and third step down.

  6. You’re right Hue, they have to get that call correct. Which means it should have been pass interference with the ball spotted at the 1.

  7. Bad call true but it was only a 15 yarder, the correct call of pass interference would’ve been worse for the Browns so they actually caught a break.

  8. oldcracker says:
    November 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    Would the Browns even know what a good clean hit looks like?

    Another tool shed comment. Browns aren’t accused of being dirty, so yes, I would assume they would know what a good, clean hit looks like. Also have a top 3rd defense in the league so I am guessing they know something about playing the game.

    You don’t.

  9. Most of the comments on this story spot on. You don’t get to play football anymore and it is making stars out of good players, good players out of nobodies. If you can’t touch anyone in the game anymore, or if taunting gets called when duck duck goose does not, there is truly a problem.

    Hue is right. I saw the play. In former years that would have been called a good hit that dislodged the ball.

  10. “Most of the comments on this story [are] spot on. You don’t get play football anymore”

    Sure, the comments are spot on if your sole interest in watching is to celebrate injuries. The bloodlust of some of you “old time” fans is truly disgusting.

  11. The announcers were absolutely terrible as well. They kept saying it was a catch and the receiver took two steps and that it was a clean hit that jarred the ball loose. So let’s go with that…no penalty, receiver makes catch (with one hand), takes two steps, gets hit, ball comes loose and goes out of bounds = Bengals have the ball where it was fumbled out of bounds. Or we can address why the receiver had to make a one handed catch which results in a pass interference and Bengals ball at the spot of the foul. The most egregious of ref mistakes would have been for them to do nothing. Then you have a missed PI, a missed defenseless receiver, or a missed catch and fumble out of bounds.

  12. It was a bad call, as a Bengals fan, I can admit that. The correct call would have been pass interference, which would have been a bigger play than the personal foul. Worse than the officiating call, though, was the James Lofton’s analysis of it.

    Hey James. If the receiver took enough steps to be a runner, he took enough steps for it to be a completed pass. The difference between Peppers’ hit and the Iloka hit a series or so later was that Peppers hit Malone in the chest. Iloka hit the guy in the side/back. But Lofton just kept lamenting the call, ignoring the PI that should have been, or the catch that would have been if Lofton was right.

    For most of the game, I thought I was watching a Browns network broadcast.

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