Leonard Fournette: I thought I got in when I reached the ball

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The Jaguars celebrated on the sideline while watching the video replay board with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Sunday. They believed Leonard Fournette scored on a 2-point conversion.

Fournette still believes he did.

“Yeah, I thought I got in when I reached the ball,” Fournette said, “but apparently, they [officials] thought otherwise.”

Al Riveron, the NFL’s supervisor of officials, decided he didn’t see enough to overturn the call on the field. His replays were limited, though, because the game went to such a small television audience.

Fournette was stopped by safety Justin Reid, leaving the Jaguars on the short end of a 13-12 loss.

The Jaguars stood with coach Doug Marrone in deciding to go for the win instead of tying the game with a PAT.

“Honestly, from the angles we saw we were celebrating on the field,” Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “We thought that was two points. Obviously, I know it has to be definitive, and that’s just the nature of the game. You put it in the referees’ hands, and it could go either way. But we made a lot of mistakes, and we didn’t play as good as we could’ve, but we still had a chance to win at the end.”

11 responses to “Leonard Fournette: I thought I got in when I reached the ball

  1. I’m a Texans fan and I thought he got in. No one I was watching the game with agreed with me, but I think they are just being homers. What is the PFT comment-widget-user consensus?

  2. Al Riveron, the NFL’s supervisor of officials, decided he didn’t see enough to overturn the call on the field. His replays were limited, though, because the game went to such a small television audience.

    One would think that the league had enough money to provide standard, all inclusive camera coverage for each and every game. The technology is there and so is the money … all of these games are important at the end of the year and their significance or result should not be undermined by the market size.


  3. The NFL, by design, guarantees that these things happen and will do nothing to prevent them from happening in the future.

  4. The NFL, by design, guarantees these types of subjective calls will occur each game and they continue to do nothing to prevent them from occurring so that they keep controlling the narratives and scripts they come up with each year. To a degree, teams do have the ability to overcome the narrative, but in order to do so, they cannot play the type of game which allows the league’s contrived subjectiveness to occur through officiating. This is the “mistake-free” cliche we hear quite frequently.
    To say the replay official in New York didn’t have enough angles to see more views because the game wasn’t being shown in enough homes simply furthers this point. This is a multi-billion dollar business. Just because the game isn’t broadcast to other markets, it shouldn’t prohibit the integrity of the game. The fans deserve better than this. For true competitive balance, each stadium should have the same number of replay views available whether the game is being broadcast to one person or a billion. It’s not like the league can’t afford the labor and materials to make this happen. They simply choose not to so the ‘House’ maintains its’ advantage in controlling outcomes, especially when the script calls for it to occur and the other team can’t overcome odds being purposefully stacked against them.
    The real reason Marrone went for two likely had more to do with his recognition that the Jags were on the wrong side of the script – once again. This game should’ve had an equal number of holding calls on each offensive line based on what I saw, and the weak offensive pass interference call on Westbrook that should’ve been a no-call is what ultimately sealed the fate of the Jags. Without that call, there’s no “4th game in a row” TD for Watson and the Jags likely win with Minshew leading his first 4th quarter comeback victory because there’s no sack/fumble on the next play, giving the ball away at the 11-yard line. Mark Cuban had it right years ago – this current brand of NFL is playing a large number of people for fools and the NFL is really becoming the fat pig. If you still have doubts, start counting how may “league” staff members are on each sideline during a game and ask yourself what they’re doing on team sidelines with headsets and microphones during the games. To me, if you’re not part of the team, you shouldn’t be on that sideline. There’s too much room for shenanigans and the league promotes it.

  5. Fournette said “Yeah, I thought I got in when I reached the ball”. Well there is the proof. Fournette never reached the ball out.

  6. There were about 3 good camera angles on that final play. Only one of the replays looked like he got in ( and it wasn’t clear ), the other two looked like he didn’t. The Jags were thinking they won after that one replay. That being said, the Jags definitely didn’t get that first down on 4th and 1 earlier in the same drive and shouldn’t have been down there anyway. That was a bad spot and he was about foot or more shy of the 4th down marker on all of the replays. I thought the officiating was decent ( despite Watt being held constantly by the neckline of the shoulder pads on every play and it was only called once ) but they blew the last two calls on that final Jags drive.

  7. Meh. They didn’t make the line for the earlier 4th down attempt during the series, but were awarded it anyway…it’s a wash.

  8. I’m a Jaguars fan, and I don’t think he got there. The only angle that looked like he got in was from the left camera or pylon and to me. But after watching it a few times, what I thought was the football appeared to be the defenders left arm and that Fournette and the ball were just short. I didn’t mind the choice to go for 2, but I thought that play call and the execution were pretty bad. 1. The Jaguars drafted Fournette 4th overall to be able to pound out plays like this (2 yards!). 2. Minshew led a nice drive and the Texans defense looked to be slowing down so why not let Minshew try something or fake a handoff and run it in himself, or pass to Fournette in the flat, or tons of other possibilities. A run right up the middle in a game where neither team was running the ball well and both offensive lines were playing poorly to me was a bad choice. Also 1 last take of that game: That commenting crew could not say “Minshew” consistently at all. They must have said his name at least 4 different ways with the one guy calling him Minchew for the majority of the game.

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