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Scrutiny continues with Myles Jack fumble recovery ruling Sunday

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The “sting” of the Jaguars narrow loss Sunday in the AFC Championship Game to New England has still not gone away.

And, the subject that we’re writing about here isn’t going to make it any better.

But, here goes.

There continues to be some discussion and even controversy, over the officiating in the game at Foxboro Sunday. As we wrote Sunday night, the officiating was not a factor in the outcome.

There was one penalty called in the entire second half, and, that was a legitimate pass interference on Jalen Ramsey. However, the Patriots punted three plays later. So, that call had no consequence in the scoring or the final moments of the contest.

There was a call that did potentially have consequences in scoring and potentially the outcome of the game earlier in the fourth quarter. It was the strip and fumble recovery by the Jaguars Myles Jack of Dion Lewis with just under 14 minutes remaining.

Si’s Peter King has been examining the play, whether it actually was a fumble or not, the whistle blowing and the replay aftermath.

As King points out in the item, and is correct to do so, we are spending an awful lot of time debating about something that happens in less than a second in real time.

And, let’s be clear, especially for the conspiratorialists, the officials got the call right live that it was a fumble and that Jack had recovered it.

And, the application of replay review was also correct, because there was not enough evidence upon review that the call was wrong. So, the play “stood as called” correctly on the field: fumble recovered by the Jags.

The only criticism was the blowing of the whistle, but in this case, we believe the officials should get a “pass.” This is because at least one of them saw correctly that the ball was out, and one or more of them correctly ruled, Jack had recovered the fumble.

So, if one of them believed the play was over, because Jack was down on the ground and had been contacted, you can understand why the whistle blew.

As the former head of officials Mike Pereira says in King’s item, we have become spoiled with multiple slow-mo high definition replays, and are not taking into account that human beings are having to make decisions in split seconds. You are judging them by an unfair standard.

In this case, the Jaguars could have had a fumble return for a touchdown or at least significant field position in Patriots territory and that would have been enormous. But, the refs on the field still got the call right live and the replay system worked and it benefited Jacksonville.

And one more time for the “officials rigged it for New England” crowd:

The game was decided on multiple possessions after that, when Jacksonville could not move the ball and score, and conversely, New England put two touchdowns on the board to beat them.

As we wrote at the beginning, it still stings for the Jags and their fans, and scrutiny of the refs is fine.

But, they got the Jack strip and fumble recovery call correct.

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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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NFL Network will show Jaguars preseason game at Minnesota nationally

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Coming off a tremendous surprise turnaround season that included a division win and two playoff victories, the Jaguars have everyone in North Florida buzzing for 2018. And the NFL Network is interested enough that it has announced it will be showing their second preseason game, at the Vikings, to the nation on Saturday August 18th.

This information was included in the NFL’s announcement that NFL Network will televise a total of 15 preseason games live, nationally:

The Jaguars will practice against the Vikings in Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday (8/15-16) prior to playing the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota, who won the NFC North and made the NFC Championship Game last year, signed arguably the top free agent on the market last March. That’s when they inked former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to a massive three year fully guaranteed $84 million deal.

Jacksonville will open the preseason the previous week against the NFC South champion Saints at newly renamed TIAA Bank Field in North Florida.

The good news in addition to the practice time with the Vikes, most of the starters on both sides of the ball will see action into the second quarter, if not halftime of the second preseason game.

This will be good work for QB Blake Bortles and his new assortment of targets like WR Donte Moncrief and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who both signed with the Jags in March.

And for the stout Jaguars defense led by DT Calais Campbell, LB Telvin Smith and CB Jalen Ramsey (all of whom made the Pro Bowl last year) will get a good opening half challenge from Cousins, and receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. It will also be curious to see if second year former FSU star running back Dalvin will be fully recovered from his ACL tear. And, we’ll see if the Vikings want to give him some work or rest him completely in August.

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Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus involved in two sexual assault allegations

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The Jaguars traded for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus last year to re-unite him with former head coach Doug Marrone and give him a fresh start on living up to his first round draft pick expectations.

Unfortunately, less than a year later, Dareus is involved in not one, but two sexual assault complaints.

First, it was learned Wednesday afternoon that a woman in Houston, TX, has accused Dareus of having unprotected sex with her in April, while she was unconscious. And she further claims that Dareus gave her a sexually transmitted disease. The unidentified woman filed a civil lawsuit seeking $15,000 in damages.

“News 4” in Jacksonville reporter Chris Parenteau had more on that allegation:

News 4 reported on it’s evening newscast Wednesday that there’s no criminal complaint with Houston Police against Dareus at this time.

The accuser’s attorney did give this statement to the station Wednesday afternoon:

“There are civil and criminal laws in both Florida and Texas that address circumstances where someone knowingly exposes another to sexually transmitted diseases. As of now, we are not aware that any criminal charges have been filed in this matter. Our focus is on protecting our client’s right to recover damages for the severe physical and emotional harm that’s been caused to her.”

The situation is further confused by the accuser in the Houston case admitting to having consensual sex on multiple occasions with Dareus after the alleged incident.

Meanwhile, there is another allegation that came to light on Wednesday, involving Dareus and others, that an alleged sexual assault occurred at a Tampa mansion in January of 2017. In a civil complaint originally filed in December of last year, an unidentified Las Vegas woman says that Dareus and members of his “entourage” sexually assaulted her after a night of partying.

The woman accused Dareus formally in an amendment to her civil suit in Hillsborough County Court in January. Dareus and his lawyers are trying to get the lawsuit dismissed at an August 9th hearing.

Dareus played in 12 total games for the Jaguars after the trade with the Bills. He had one regular season sack, but excelled in the playoffs with sacks in the Pittsburgh win and the narrow loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. He had 10 total tackles in the three post season games.

The 28 year old Dareus, a first round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, is scheduled to make $10.2 million dollars this season in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars only comment to the media on Wednesday evening was that they were aware of the allegations and monitoring the situation.

Dareus’ agent had not returned calls or emails seeking comment from them or Dareus on the civil lawsuits and sexual assault allegations.

Obviously, in addition to the seriousness of the allegations, even in civil court, the NFL will likely be investigating the situation soon under the league’s personal conduct policy.

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