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Jaguars kept their composure, as Seahawks embarrassed themselves

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There is no question it was “kneel down mayhem” at the end of the Jaguars 30-24 Sunday night over the Seahawks at Everbank Field. There’s also no question that the Jaguars, who have been one of the laughingstock’s of the league for going on a decade, acted like veteran professionals in the situation. Meanwhile, Seattle acted like bullies who had finally been punched in the nose and couldn’t take it.

The ending marred what had been a wild exciting fourth quarter of arguably Jacksonville’s biggest win, so far this season, in a decade.

Let’s quickly recap the situation.

The Jaguars had stopped Seattle on downs and taken over at the Seahawks 43 yard line to try to run the clock out. Seattle had two timeouts remaining and the two minute warning to stop the clock. So, the Jags would need at least one first down.

After the two minute warning and the Seahawks burning their second timeout, Jacksonville was facing a 3rd and 11. Leonard Fournette ran left for 13 yards and the first down and essentially, ended the hard fought game.

What happened next was an embarrassment for the NFL, but mainly the Seattle organization.

As QB Blake Bortles attempted to kneel on first down and get the clock rolling, defensive lineman Michael Bennett purposely and classlessly, rolled into center Brandon Linder’s knees at the snap. It’s a highly dangerous play for injury and Linder legitimately reacted by going after Bennett on the ground.

Here is the replay of the incident with Darryl “Moose” Johnston of Fox providing the commentary:

Also, Fournette saw what happened and stood up for Linder, going after Bennett shortly after. They both were flagged for personal fouls. During the “scrum,” Seattle’s Sheldon Richardson threw a punch and was also flagged and ejected.

The officials finally got things calmed down after sending both teams briefly to their sideline and sorting out what happened.

But, as much as referee Gene Steratore and crew tried to restore order, they had to deal with the Seahawks, the bullies who were having to accept the tough loss, and their antics, again.

On the next kneel down, Seahawks lineman Quinton Jefferson tried to start another fight, was flagged and quickly ejected. As he left the field, he was hit by a plastic bottle thrown from above and attempted to go into the stands after Jaguars fans. Here’s ESPN’s Jeff Darlington capturing part of that situation:

Steratore and his crew also had to remove coach Pete Carroll from the field (above), as he came out to the Seattle huddle not only trying to settle his players down but also, arguing with two officials. He was flagged and taken back by a ref to the sideline.

The officials acted properly enforcing new rules about coaches being on the field, while the game is going on, as to not make the situation worse.

Bortles, finally knelt on the ball one last time and the clock ran out.

It took over nine minutes of actual time for three kneel downs to overcome Seattle’s “crybaby” antics,  the flags and ejections, and then, allow the Jaguars to celebrate their win.

The bigger problem is, Seattle under Carroll and with Michael Bennett, has done in the past, specifically, when it came to trying to be bullies and take cheap shots during the end of game kneel downs.

At the end of Super Bowl 49 in Phoenix, while Tom Brady and the Pats were trying to kneel on the ball after Malcom Butler’s famous interception at the goal line, there were numerous attempts that day at cheap shots. There a couple by Bennett on and after that kneel down and a fight started in the endzone and New England TE Rob Gronkowski was tangled and fighting with Bennett. Observe:

It marred the end of a classic game and was an eyesore that night on the biggest stage for the NFL.

This December game yesterday, albeit a huge win for the Jaguars, wasn’t that magnitude, but it was still big. And, the Seahawks were still just as embarrassing with their classless acts.

We’ll see in the coming couple of days what the NFL does, or doesn’t do, with possible fines and suspensions.

This much we do know: the highlights of what happened on the kneel downs and the Jefferson antics are everywhere on t.v. and the internet.

It’s ugly.

Seattle is suffering national embarrassment for their behavior, while the Jags are celebrating being in first place in the AFC South.


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  1. Dawn Lauren

    December 11, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Wow the author completely brushed over the details of he beers being thrown towards Jefferson. One plastic bottle? It was more like 7 beers. And he also didn’t mention when Jags fans threw garbage at Tyler Lockett after he scored a TD. Bennett was definitely classless, but he fans in Jacksonville were also just as classless.

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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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