After Further Review: Jets-Dolphins Officiating

By popular demand, we're again going to have a post after each game that breaks down some of the controversial decisions from the officiating crew in the game.

Penalty Count

Dolphins 6-38 (leading to one Jets first down)
Jets 6-60 (leading to two Dolphins first downs)

Note: This does not include penalties that are declined or off-set.

Plays where the call was obvious, uncontroversial or not visible on broadcast footage

Jets Penalties

  • Unnecessary roughness on Quinton Jefferson. Unnecessary was the right word here as Jefferson's headbutt came well after the play was over - a play where the Jets put Miami behind the sticks by blowing up a run in the backfield on their very first offensive snap. And he didn't even hit the guy hard, underlining how pointless it was. Obviously Jefferson was reacting to something which could itself have been flagged but wasn't.
  • Jason Brownlee false start. Flinched before the snap.
  • Quinnen Williams offside. Tried to time up the snap count and went a beat early.
  • Xavier Newman false start. Flinched before the snap, although it looked like CJ Uzomah moved first.
  • Carter Warren false start. Flinched before the snap.

Dolphins Penalties

  • Zach Sieler false start. Jumped early on the hard count.
  • Holding on Andrew Van Ginkel on a punt. Blatant grab of Ashtyn Davis.
  • Julian Hill holding on another punt. This was on Jeremy Ruckert but the actual foul occurred off-screen.
  • Emmanuel Ogbah offside. Jumped early.
  • David Long offside. Again blitzed too early and was in the neutral zone at the snap.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • Irv Charles running into the kicker. On 4th-and-9 the Jets were very lucky this wasn't called roughing. Charles was very late, hit the punter pretty high and knocked him to the ground. He was out of control and stumbling on the rush and didn't hit the punter very hard as he was obviously trying not to and presumably that saved him from the more damaging call, which seems to be extremely rare these days. In fact, there's only been one called all season in the NFL.
  • Echols illegal use of the hands. Declined anyway because of a first down completion but Echols seemed to get his hand caught up in Braxton Berrios' helmet, pulling his head downwards as he released off the line. Maybe accidental but still a penalty.
  • CJ Mosley facemask. Initially it looked like this might be a late hit on Jermaine Johnson which would have been a terrible call because he contacted the runner well inbounds. However, it then became apparent that Mosley had hold of the facemask briefly as he made the third down stop well short of the marker. Mosley let go immediately and didn't grab or twist but clearly was judged to have done enough to warrant the 15-yard penalty. Under the old rules it probably would have been incidental and a five-yarder.
  • Mosley unnecessary roughness. It wasn't clear what Mosley did here but he was reacting to Christian Wilkins not only blindsiding him with a shove in the back but then also pushing him by the helmet. Ridiculous that only Mosley was penalized here. Not that it made much difference because it just turned a probable touchback into a definite one.
  • Michael Clemons unnecessary roughness on an official. This came at the end of the same play and Clemons was ejected, as is obligatory for this kind of penalty. He was extremely unlucky here as he wasn't even involved in the post-play scrum and then accidentally elbowed an official in the chops as he tried to point something out. The call is probably still correct, as Clemons has a duty to not be so reckless when officials are in the area but it was a complete accident and the coaching staff probably shouldn't be too upset with him for falling foul of this rule.
  • Holding on Joe Tippmann. This was frustrating because Miami had jumped offside on 3rd-and-4 so the Jets would be getting an automatic first down unless they too committed a penalty. And Tippmann only had to pull his man down because he was offside and therefore in danger of getting into the backfield to hit the quarterback. It is worth noting, however, the fact that Tim Boyle shifted his feet before the linebacker was in the neutral zone so it arguably should have been a false start on him.

Dolphins Penalties

  • Jerome Baker offside. As noted, this was offset by the Tippmann hold and perhaps should have been a Jets false start.

Notable no-calls etc

Here were some of the other notable missed calls, replay situations and controversial moments:

  • Davis knocked the ball away from Mostert for what was originally ruled as a fumble and recovered by Miami for a five-yard gain. The Jets challenged and got this overturned to incomplete, which was obviously correct because Mostert didn't make a football move before it was punched out.
  • Boyle could almost have been called for intentional grounding in the end zone but his desperation flip just about met the criteria for having a receiver in the area by being in the general direction of Nick Bawden.
  • Williams timed up the snap count perfectly on the first play, which saw him in the backfield so quickly it looked like a possible offside.
  • Williams was upended on the field goal rush which led to the scuffle that saw Mosley penalized and Clemons ejected. This looked like dangerous play on the part of the Dolphins, but there didn't seem to be an obvious violation of the rules.
  • The fans wanted a late hit when Boyle slid short of the line of scrimmage but it seemed clear that Jaelan Phillips did all he could to pull out of it.
  • Miami wasn't called for a coverage penalty or an offensive hold all day. The most egregious non-call was when Jermaine Johnson was held by Kendall Lamm on a Mostert outside run for a first down late.

Let us know what we missed - or misinterpreted - in the comments...