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Enough about the officiating!

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A tremendous AFC Championship Game is in the books and again, the New England Patriots demonstrated that short of a nuke or silver bullet to the heart, you can’t kill them.

Tom Brady engineered yet another fourth quarter comeback hitting Danny Amendola on a laser in the back of the end zone with just under three minutes to play for a 24-20 win.

The upstart Jaguars played very well, led for the entire game after their first TD in the first quarter made it 7-3. And, they have a tremendously bright future.

It’s also a record eighth time and counting, that Brady and coach Bill Belichick will play for a Super Bowl win in two weeks.

A bunch of great story lines.

So why, is everyone on the internet and social media, obsessed with the officiating, when it wasn’t really a factor, at all, much less, in a dramatic second half?

In fact, the only penalty called on either team was a pass interference on Jalen Ramsey of Jacksonville with 6:21 remaining against Brandin Cooks of the Patriots. And, the replays clearly showed it was the right call on Ramsey hitting and grabbing Cooks before the ball got there.

Oh, and the Jags defense, still leading 20-17 at that point, stuffed New England on the next three plays and forced a punt.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good narrative about the refs being in Robert Kraft’s pocket!

In fact, there was a properly officiated and replay reviewed strip fumble that went the Jaguars way.  That was LB Myles Jack getting the ball out on Dion Lewis after he had made a catch.

They got it right and it was in the Jaguars favor.

Another point: there were only seven total penalties in the game.

Not 10, 12, much less more.

It was a mostly clean game. Period.

And while some are pointing to the second quarter, where A.J. Bouye  was also flagged for P.I. on Cooks setting up the Pats first TD, that looked fairly obvious and correct, too.

Cooks is the Patriots best deep threat and Bouye was clearly using his body to impede him from getting to a ball that landed in bounds at the five yard line.

Earlier in the half, the Jags had two obvious false starts and Blake Bortles clearly did not get the snap off on a key third down before the play clock read 0 and deserved a delay of game.

What’s the beef there?

Now, if your argument is that the Patriots should have been called for more flags, then we need specifics.

It is worth noting and in the favor of the conspiracy crew, that New England became the first playoff team since, …. New England in 2011, to have a playoff game with only one penalty.

Still you have to have proof.

We come down on the side that you have to make your own breaks and luck.

The Patriots did that. The officials did not do it for them.

That’s why they are back in the Super Bowl, again.

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  1. Gerald

    January 21, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    No the officials sucked. The game was rigged.

  2. Mike

    January 21, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    What the fuck game were you watching? That was some of the worst officiating I’ve ever seen!! Can you ride tb dick any harder?

  3. Clerb

    January 22, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I’m sorry but you are wrong. Clearly there were calls against the jags that SHOULD have been called but a ton of calls against the Pats that weren’t. A few crucial calls led to a touchdown at half where I believe 45 of the 80 yard drive were penalty yards. Jack was untouched and should have had a touchdown but called dead. This is the new England patriots one of the best teams in football if they get enough breaks you cannot beat them. These refs gave the pats the breaks and the young jags didn’t get the calls they deserved or even the calls to make it even. It was a good game but nobody objectively watching can say it was officiated “right down the middle”

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NFL officially suspended Jaguars DE Dante Fowler one game Friday

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The Jaguars got the bad news Friday afternoon, as the NFL made it official and suspended defensive end Dante Fowler for the opening game of the season against the New York Giants.

As we have been writing about, including last week, Fowler was almost certainly going to be suspended for at least a game for having entered a no-contest plea in March to assaulting St Petersburg man in an apartment complex parking lot last July.

The league notified Fowler of his punishment and the Jaguars released this statement.

This is not the first incident for Fowler, since joining the NFL He also pled-out an assault charge from 2016 in Dade County, but, did however escape NFL punishment for that incident.

Interestingly, Jacksonville had decided not to pick up Fowler’s fifth year option on his rookie contract earlier this off season. Instead, they publicly challenged him to continue to be not only a quality player, but better off the field.

Fowler blossomed during Jacksonville’s playoff season of 2017. The former #1 pick, had a breakout season with eight sacks, as the Jaguars defense was the top one in the NFL at rushing the quarterback. And, Jacksonville went on to win the AFC South and make the AFC Championship Game.

Fowler missed his entire rookie season of 2015 due to an ACL injury in rookie mini-camp just after being drafted that year. He’s a former All-SEC performer for the Gators, and is part of the young nucleus of players that the Jaguars are centering their defense around.

As with any players suspended by the NFL, Fowler will still be allowed to participate in training camp and in preseason games. The suspension will be the week of the opening games of the NFL season, and Fowler can have no contact with the coaching staff or any team activities.

 

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Jaguars “cornerstone” player for 2018?

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The third installment of our “cornerstone” players series takes us to North Florida. And, as the Jaguars get ready to start up 2018, we wondered which impact player would be the one to build around.

You could make arguments for last year’s top free agent acquisition defensive tackle Calais Campbell, or lock down corner Jalen Ramsey, as being that player. However, it’s a player on the offensive side of the ball that appears to be everything that Jacksonville could have hoped for in a running back. That running back is Leonard Fournette.

Fournette, whom the Jags took fourth overall in the draft, is fantastic physical talent at 6’0 230lbs. with a blend of speed and power. And in his debut season, repeatedly showed why you would want to have your offense centered on his ability pound on a defense.

He made a tremendous impact from the beginning of the Jags breakout 2017 with a 100 yard game in the opening win at Houston, and three more 100 yard games in the first nine.

There was lull in Fournette’s productivity due an ankle injury and he also missed a game in Indianapolis due disciplinary reasons, but eventually, Fournette got back on track. He ran for 109 yards and 3 TDs in Jacksonville’s statement win over Seattle in December that clinched the first playoff spot for Jacksonville in 11 seasons.

Then, in the post season Fournette was just okay against the Bills in the AFC Wildcard game with 57 yards on 21 carries. However the next week in Pittsburgh, Fournette set the tone early and often with two first quarter TDs. He finished with 109 yards and 3 rushing TDs, and Jacksonville stunned the Steelers to advance to the AFC Championship Game.

The Jags sledgehammer back scored another early TD and finished with 76 yards rushing as the Patriots rallied to win 24-20 scoring in the final three minutes to knock the Jaguars out of the Superbowl.

Of course there will be great scrutiny on the play of quarterback Blake Bortles, and rightfully so.

However, much of the Jaguars success offensively, the identity of what they want to do, will be centered around Leonard Fournette.

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Why is Jalen Ramsey Twitter feuding with NFL Network analyst?

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There is no mistaking that Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey is talented, and in 2017 he was named as an All-Pro by his peers and most recenlty in the player polled “Top 100.” So, that’s a validation that doesn’t need a whole lot else.

Yet, an NFL Network analyst and a former NFL defensive back himself, is questioning part of his game.

And, Jalen Ramsey got annoyed. Like, really annoyed.

It all began when, Bucky Brooks, who hosts a successful podcast and appears regularly on the NFL Network questioned another player, DB Casey Hayward of the Chargers, and whether he was a “transcendent talent” in coverage.

The exchanges with Hayward on Twitter Thursday went on for a bit and then, Ramsey jumped in here:

 

And, when Brooks tweeted about Ramsey and why he was drafted two years ago in the top five by Jacksonville, things cranked up on social media:

Next, Ramsey questioned whether Brooks believes Ramsey is only a product of the Jaguars “defensive system” and not of his ability to shutdown the opposing team’s top wideout, one on one:

Brooks referenced former fellow Noles All American and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders as one of those rare “lock down” corners, and of course, that someone that Ramsey, two years removed from FSU, wants to be compared to with his own game.

Brooks then explained further about his own analysis and teams/GMs/personnel executives thinking:

In the end, Ramsey, who is not bashful about expressing his opinions on or off the field, finally gave some props to Brooks for having an informed opinion:

The bottom line is that analysts get paid to analyze. And the good ones are always soliciting the opinions of others, who are actually coaching and working in the NFL Front office.

And further, if Ramsey keeps “locking down” the likes of the Texans DeAndre Hopkins, and the Colts T.Y. Hilton, who he sees twice a year, then he will continue to get the respect he wants. And, he’ll get the second contract dollars that come with it, too.

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