After Further Review: Jets-Jaguars 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

Jaguars 2-10 (leading to zero Jets first downs)
Jets 7-94 (leading to three Jaguars 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

  • Trevon Wesco illegal block in the back on a kickoff return. As blatant as one of these penalties can get. Nick Bawden also took his man down and could easily have been called for the same thing.
  • Nathan Shepherd neutral zone infraction. Drawn offside on 2nd-and-3.
  • LaRoy Reynolds holding on kickoff return. This happened off-screen but it looked like Wesco committed another almost identical block in the back penalty on the same play.
  • Isaiah Williams false start on 3rd-and-goal at the one-yard line as he moved early. This was inevitable because Williams had just entered the game a few plays earlier and Wilson attempted to change the play at the last moment, which is perhaps a lot to take in for an inexperienced guy who only just entered the game.

Jaguars Penalties

  • False start on Jawaan Taylor. He and the other tackle, Cam Robinson, both jumped pre-snap.
  • Delay of game on James O'Shaughnessy. Spiked the ball at the end of the play following a first down catch. Still leads to a 1st-and-10 because it's a dead ball foul.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • Brandin Echols pass interference downfield. Failed to get his head turned and made contact just before the ball arrived. If he did get his head turned, this was a potential interception.
  • Shepherd neutral zone infraction on an extra point. Jumped across on a hard count. By a quirk of the rules, this counts as a 14-yard penalty because the offense has the option to put it at the one-yard line and go for two (which they did, and failed).
  • Echols defensive holding. Grabbed his man around the chest area as he ran down the seam, although the Jaguars declined it because they completed a first down pass to a different receiver.
  • CJ Mosley pass interference near the goal line. Again didn't get his head turned and made contact as the ball was over the receiver's head. You could argue this was uncatchable but it probably wouldn't have been if Mosley didn't prevent the receiver's attempt to jump for the ball.

Jaguars Penalties

  • Illegal shift on the last play of the game. They struggled to get lined up on time, leading to Jacob Hollister going in motion before Tavon Austin had got set. The Jets were able to decline this to end the game because the pass was incomplete. Had it been a touchdown, that would have been negated but the clock was stopped so there would be no 10-second run-off and the Jaguars would've had 4th-and-goal at the six-yard line with eight seconds left.

Notable no-calls

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

  • There weren't actually any obvious missed calls on the Jags despite the fact they had no defensive or special teams penalties and only two on offense (where they had been leading the league).
  • Jay Feely thought there was a false start by the upback on the fake punt by the Jags but this didn't appear to be the case.
  • Andre Cisco almost made a diving interception of Zach Wilson which initially was called an interception by one official and incomplete by another. They went with an incomplete call on the field which the Jags challenged and it was upheld. It wasn't clear if the ball hit the turf or not but it definitely moved so even the slightest touch on the turf would render it incomplete. It was therefore correct to go with the original call because there was insufficient evidence that it definitely did not touch the turf.
  • It looked like Zach Wilson might have gone out of bounds on the touchdown run but the replay seemed to indicate he did not. The Jaguars were not entitled to challenge this because it was a scoring play.
  • Trevor Lawrence looked to have gotten away with a possible intentional grounding situation but he was out of the pocket and the ball crossed the line of scrimmage.
  • Wilson also almost got an intentional grounding call but they picked up the flag. It was clear that Wilson's deflected pass was throwin in the direction of Braxton Berrios.
  • Rachad Wildgoose got away with a blatant hold on the gunner on one Berrios punt return.
  • Tevin Coleman fumbled but it was after the play had been blown dead because forward progress was stopped.
  • On the failed two point conversion by Jacksonville, it was ruled incomplete but Mosley actually appeared to have intercepted this because he did a toe-tap at the back of the end zone. This has literally no effect because the play is a failure either way and the interception doesn't officially count, so there was no need to review it but it probably was a pick if they did look at it again.
  • Finally, as mentioned in my nuggets, Marvin Jones' second down catch with 26 seconds left was probably a touchdown but the officials ruled it down at the one and the replay booth never buzzed down to look at it before the Jags rushed to spike the ball.

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