Marquez Valdes-Scantling on non-call after JuJu Smith-Schuster hit: “Are they really protecting us?”

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Chiefs receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster took a vicious hit on Sunday from Jaguars safety Andre Cisco. A flag initially was thrown. Then, “after discussion,” it was picked up.

After the game, multiple Chiefs players spoke out about the failure to rule that Smith-Schuster had taken a hit to the helmet while defenseless.

Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (photographed speaking to an official after the play) asked a very pointed question. Via P.J. Green of Fox 4 in Kansas City, Valdes-Scantling said, “Are they really protecting us?”

They claim to be. They also want the officials to throw the flag in close cases involving hits to the head of defenseless players. At best, this one was close. At worst, it was just a bad call.

It would be interesting to know whether the officials on the field received input from those with eyes on video. That’s not supposed to happen. But from time to time it seems to occur. Or, at a minimum, suspicion arises that it has.

I’m fine with it, as long as they turn a mistake into not a mistake. If technology is used to create a mistake, it’s better to not use it at all.

12 responses to “Marquez Valdes-Scantling on non-call after JuJu Smith-Schuster hit: “Are they really protecting us?”

  1. It’s obvious that the zebras are taking their marching orders from the officing gaming partners of the NFL this year.

  2. The later hit on MVS was fine, Danielle. The helmet to helmet hit on a defenseless receiver which initially had a flag thrown on it – then was picked up and the call disregarded is what we’re discussing.

    A 49er was just penalized and ejected from the SNF game for arguably a worse example of a helmet to helmet hit against the Charger QB, Justin Herbert, when he was acting as a runner downfield and wasn’t afforded the protections of a QB in the pocket.

    So this particular ‘judgement’ call isn’t consistent at all – amongst the different officiating crews in the league.

  3. Every ref on that squad should be fired. Total incompetence. Even if they blinked and missed the hit, the fact that JuJu’s arms were locked in place while out cold on the ground should have been a pretty good inidcation that there was head to head contact.

  4. Everything about that call smelled. It was flagged and then that official was IMMEDIATELY overruled with very little discussion while the player was still laid out on the ground in a manner that was textbook “this is what guys look like after serious head contact.” Every week we see bad calls that are left to stand based purely on “that was the ref’s judgment” but THIS flag gets picked up?

  5. I remember Jerome Boogers during a Washington game in the season that the Carolina Paper Tigers won 13 games against weak teams called a foul for a hit far less offensive than this one. The NFL is not consistent. And they have morons in stripes.

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