After Further Review: Jets-Eagles 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

Eagles 3-20 (leading to two Jets first downs)
Jets 6-66 (leading to four Eagles 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

  • Illegal use of the hands against Jonathan Marshall. This was very clear, as he had his hands under Jason Kelce's facemask and shoved his head back.
  • Neutral zone infraction against Quinnen Williams. The Jets were perhaps lucky that this was blown dead rather than being a free play for the Eagles.

Eagles Penalties

  • Neutral zone infraction against Josh Sweat. Derek Barnett also jumped.
  • Landon Dickerson holding against Quinnen Williams. Pulled him down as the runner cut back and Williams brought him down despite the hold.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • Illegal use of the hands against Kyle Phillips. Unlike the Marshall call, this was not so clear-cut. Phillips seemed to have his hand below the neck area as he pushed the blocker back.
  • Shaq Lawson facemask penalty to negate sack. Gardner Minshew ducked away from Lawson's tackle attempt here and it looked like he was pulled down by the side of the helmet, which is a correct call.
  • CJ Mosley encroachment on 4th down. Looked like Kelce flinched to draw the penalty so it should have been a false start.
  • Pass interference on Bryce Hall on 3rd-and-10, this was an unbelievably soft call and arguably wasn't even catchable. There was only minor contact from Hall and nothing to impede the receiver's efforts to make a catch.
  • Denzel Mims illegal blindside block to negate Tevin Coleman's first down run. An interesting one here with two points of debate. First, was it a penalty? Second, if it was a penalty should it be an illegal blindside block (15 yards) or an illegal block in the back (10)?

Let's break down some of the components here. First, to be an illegal blindside block, Mims needs to be moving towards his own end zone or parallel to the line of scrimmage. He was, but only because he was half a step slow to get to his man.

Next, it needs to be forcible contact (debatable) or to see him using his helmet, shoulder or forearm to make the contact rather than his hands (it didn't look like it, although it's possible his elbow/forearm made first contact before he got his hand on the defender's back). So it's possible, but not certain, he might not have broken that rule.

The fact he had a hand on the back of the defender isn't actually relevant to the question of whether it's an illegal blindside block, but - of course - it does ensure that if that rule doesn't apply, the illegal block in the back rule would. So, ultimately, the run was always going to be called back unless Mims pulls out entirely (and maybe Slay stops it if he doesn't) but the Jets maybe had a case for a 10-yard penalty instead of 15, although even that isn't clear-cut.

For the record, it's since been clarified that the "terrible" call from the Saints game on a similar play was not penalized because the defensive player was shoved in the back but because the contact was forcible.

Eagles Penalties

  • Defensive holding on Zech McPhearson. This came on an 11-yard Jeff Smith catch so the Jets had a choice of 1st-and-10 on the 37 or 3rd-and-4 on the 31. Four incompletions later perhaps they should have opted for the latter. As for the penalty, McPhearson made contact at the top of the route around the face mask area which was deemed to be before the pass but may not have been. A face mask or pass interference could perhaps have been called instead but the end result is not much different.

Notable no-calls

Here were some of the notable missed calls, controversial moments or review situations.

  • The replay booth upheld Zach Wilson's touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the first quarter - and correctly so. However, could Wilson or Jamison Crowder already have broken the plane on the two plays that preceded this?
  • Boston Scott got away with BLATANT offensive pass interference on Dallas Goedert's second touchdown. James Lofton remarked that this is allowable at the line of scrimmage but he was five yards downfield.
  • There were no holding penalties called on the Eagles offensive line all day, although it seemed like there were a few obvious ones, including one on Folorunso Fatukasi.
  • Minshew could have had an intentional grounding call when he dirted it a couple of times with no receiver looking at the ball or anywhere near where the pass landed. Wilson got away with one of these too, to be fair.
  • When Jason Pinnock "slipped" on a key 3rd down conversion, this was as the result of a Quez Watkins push-off.
  • The 4th-and-inches spot on the successful Eagles quarterback sneak was obviously controversial with the fact it took so long to resolve belying the fact that there was sufficient "indisputable" evidence to warrant an overturn of the call on the field. The bigger issue, however, was that the Eagles had 4th-and-inches only as a result of a favorable spot on 3rd down where the receiver seemed to be hit more than a yard behind the marker.
  • Elijah Moore was arguably lucky not to get a taunting penalty or a delay of game when he slammed the ball down while celebrating a first down catch.
  • Moore was less fortunate when Darius Slay grabbed him down the field to impede his progress on a go-route on 3rd-and-10. That was a badly missed call that more or less ended the game as they turned it over on downs on the next snap.

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