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Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:17 pm
 
Q. Jammer blamed the officials in San Diego's loss (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You can forgive fans (well, almost forgive them) for complaining about referees and thinking (no, truly believing) that the officials are out to screw over their teams for whatever reason. Maybe players think that way too, but it’s uncommon to hear a player emote the things that Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer said after the Jets 27-21 victory against San Diego.

"I don't have to say anything about what the refs did -- everyone saw how the calls went," Jammer said, via the New York Post.

Then, of course, Jammer went on to say many things about what the refs did, especially when he was asked if the officiating was consistent.

“Yeah -- consistently bad,” he said. “No way it was called fairly. No way. Not at all. It wasn't called fairly at all. Maybe I'm being biased, but I'm just judging off what I saw. It wasn't a fair game called."

Well, yeah. Jammer is biased. His team lost a game it felt it should have won. Quarterback Philip Rivers and the offense did nothing in a 2-minute drill at the end of the game, and the Chargers fell to a Jets team that managed to score its biggest win of the season.

Jammer made the point that the Chargers had zero penalties called on them in their previous game, but then got nailed 13 times for 95 yards vs. the Jets, who were penalized eight times for 60 yards.

"How does a team just get sloppy like that the very next game?" he said. "The answer is, it doesn't."

Well, that’s ludicrous. Every team has the ability to get sloppy. Look at the Ravens, who are 4-1 and one of the favorites in the AFC but looked terrible in Week 2 against the Titans. With the exception of the Packers, teams can look great one week and crappy the next (it’s called parity, baby, and the NFL loves it!). Teams can avoid penalization one week and get tagged with 13 the next game.

Is that so difficult to believe, especially when five of those flags were for either offside or neutral zone infractions, a penalty that’s tough to dispute? Apparently so. Therefore, the officials get placed in the crosshairs.

“They were bad,” safety Eric Weddle said. “Really bad.”

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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:29 pm
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Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Did no one notice the touchdown?

The Jets had a touchdown to Santonio Holmes called back because of a holding penalty? To complain about the officiating, when the refs bailed your team, and your secondary out of 7 points for a holding call, you really can't complain.  If they were biased you would have had a 33-14 game.



Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

You're not going to get many calls on the road, but that's life in the NFL. If San Diego is even mediocre in the second half yesterday, that PI call doesn't matter. 


brian8ball
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Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:16 pm
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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

I've never seen a game called by Ron Winter's crew that didn't have a gazillion flags thrown.


brian8ball
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Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:13 pm
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brian8ball
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Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

Maybe if they stopped worrying about one call and figured out how to stop Shonne Greene who hadn't done much all season they would have won the game. Nice throw on fourth down Phillip. One play doesn't make or break the game, if you've ever played any sports you know there are four quarters. Every secound counts, plays / calls are missed all the time at the end of the day its if you did enough to win the game. The refs didn't lose the game, the chargers did. Just like they did the Jets in the playoffs.  



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

“They were bad,” safety  said. “Really bad.”    



Since: Feb 27, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

Maybe someone else has covered this in the previous 10 pages of comments (that I am not going to read through now to confirm), but Jammer's comments smack of sour grapes. HE IS RIGHT IF HE WANTS TO DISPUTE THE PHANTOM PASS INTERFERENCE call against him...a BIG PLAY in this game...a BRUTAL CALL, absolutely brutal...but the Chargers allowed the JETS to win this game. Actually, that's not fair to the Jets defense...they shut the Chargers down in the 2nd half and deserved made a game of it. A critical call here, a bounce there, and the Chargers win...but those bounces and calls went the other way.

The two minute offense was about as bad as I've seen the Chargers EVER run...as in EVER. Completions over the middle for less than first down yardage without timeouts? What? No sense of urgency in getting the ball snapped as the team milled about changing formations to gain what...3 yards over the middle? A miserable, miserable display.

A bunch is being made over the return of Gates...trumpets blaring is all that's lacking...but he's not BACK yet; he's obviously still dinged up and not 100%. He'll help as he improves physically...but I have a sneaking suspicion that Gates will be playing somewhat hobbled all season. Helpful, yes...but not the answer and awful matchup problem he once was.

The defensive line problems, the offsides...what was going on? The Jets HAD to be doing something beyond getting Sanchez to bark out his snap counts differently. I have to extend the benefit of doubt to the Chargers' coaching staff, that the penalties were caused by clever gamemanship by the Jets rather than over-eager, poorly coached linemen jumping like wildebeasts being slashed by imaginary lions.

Ultimately, in my opinion, Jammer got screwed on the PI call in the 4th quarter...and that dubious call contributed to the defeat. But the Jets WON the game with their defense...they remembered they were/are supposed to be a top-notch defensive squad.


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