Zac Taylor: Hard with all the craziness to challenge Ja’Marr Chase being ruled short of TD

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The Bengals were able to tie the Steelers on a Ja'Marr Chase touchdown catch at the end of regulation on Sunday, but they may not have needed those last second heroics to draw even if they had thrown a challenge flag after another Chase catch in the fourth quarter.

Chase was ruled out of bounds on the 1-yard-line after a catch with just under three minutes left to play, but it looked on replays like Chase got the ball over the goal line before hitting the sideline. Multiple sources told PFT on Sunday that the call would have been changed to a touchdown if the Bengals had challenged.

The Bengals did not challenge the ruling and rushed to the line for a Joe Mixon run that wound up losing a couple of yards. They would not score on the next three plays either.

The handling of the play led to questions for Bengals head coach Zac Taylor after the game. In addition to not challenging, the rush to run the next play also eliminated the possibility of replay officials stepping in. Under the replay assistant rule adopted in 2021, replay officials can assist on-field officials in a variety of circumstances including “location of the football or a player in relation to a boundary line, line of scrimmage, line to gain, or goal line.”

“Part of it was that that’s the hardest place for us to see in the entire field is that spot,” Taylor said in his postgame press conference. “I didn’t think there was a chance there was a touchdown there initially. So, we got on the ball to run it in quickly. It’s hard with all the craziness in that moment, all the communication to get that ‘Stop, stop. Let’s evaluate this.’ We just couldn’t get it done fast enough by the time we’d seen a replay and realized ‘Oh shoot, he might have gotten in there.’ We’ve just got to learn from those. It’s a fine line — when you get the ball on the inch, you just want to punch it in real quick. In hindsight, maybe he was in and we could have given ourselves a chance.”

Taylor was also questioned about his clock management after the overtime loss and those issues joined five Joe Burrow turnovers and a messy kicking operation as reasons why the team is 0-1 on Monday morning.

15 responses to “Zac Taylor: Hard with all the craziness to challenge Ja’Marr Chase being ruled short of TD

  1. He is the Head Coach of a professional football team! Whatever happened to “don’t let the moment be too big for you”?

  2. You can’t just pick out one coaching blunder. It’s like junior high school level coaching. They’re going to get their QB beat up because of the play calling. They waste first down every time with a run for no gain, then announce to the defense “ come after our QB”. They say it’s the O’line, but it’s just bad play calling. They won last year in spite of bad coaching. It reminds me of Chuck Pagano, and what he did to Andrew Luck. It’s perfectly legal to throw on first down.

  3. That sounds more like making excuses than taking ownership. Taylor way overachieved last season and Burrow and Co. often won despite him.

  4. The missed challenge is one thing, but punting with a running clock 30 seconds before you have to is what lost the game. There are 8 year olds who only know football from Madden with better game management.

  5. justmyopinion says:
    September 12, 2022 at 7:57 am
    For those of you writing off the Steelers……………….

    Were probably right to do so.
    Bengals had five turnovers, were sacked 7 times, missed field goals and an extra point in the 4th quarter and OT, yet they still almost won that game, and definitely should have.
    Pittsburgh also likely lost TJ Watt for the season.
    Somehow with all of that there is a reason to be optimistic about their season?

  6. Yeah he should’ve challenged the non TD, but the official right in front of chase should’ve gotten the call right. I’m soooooo sick of nfl officiating deciding games. It cost us the super bowl last year with the non existent defensive holding, and the no call on Aaron Donald’s offsides on 4th down.

  7. truckmonth says:
    September 12, 2022 at 9:02 am
    The missed challenge is one thing, but punting with a running clock 30 seconds before you have to is what lost the game. There are 8 year olds who only know football from Madden with better game management.

    ——
    As a Steelers fan, I can tell you that tomlin gave the game away also. Your offense hasn’t done a thing all day, and you throw on 2nd and 12? Run the ball and make them use their last time out. They would had the ball back with 45 seconds instead of almost 2 min. And, tj watt doesn’t get hurt.

  8. Hey I’m not saying the Steelers sent their best on Sunday either. But the punting too soon thing happened with less than a minute left in overtime and literally gave Pittsburgh twice as much time as they should have had (which they predictably ended up needing every second of). I wasn’t impressed by the Steelers at all, and I would tell you if I was as The Only Honest Bengals Fan.

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