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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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Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:54 pm

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

Typical sour grapes bickering.  The game was officiated very tightly and there were questionable calls on both sides of the field.  All the players, or at least Jammer and McMichael, are saying that the Chargers beat themselves or the refs were unfair.  Gimme a break.  The Jets shut the Chargers out after halftime and that had absolutely nothing to do with the refs.  So what, the Chargers had a double digit lead, part of that was the result of a bad holding call on Mangold that was a 14 pts swing.  Sanchez threw a TD to Holmes which is called back on a questionable call at best and then he throws an Int and the Chargers score after that making it 14-3.  It could have been a 10-7 Jets lead w/o the penalty so stop crying.  Bad calls happened and they happened on both sides of the ball.  And I second the person who posted that Jammer got away with a penalty on Holmes, he was all over him before the ball got there.  The Jets overcame their mistakes/bad calls and the Chargers did not.  I suppose it was the refs fault for Rivers throwing 2 fourth quarter picks.  That is what you should be blaming this game on, not the refs or anything else.  Your QB chokes in big spots, it happens all the time. 



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:53 pm

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

Eric Weddle was also quoted...maybe you should go get your diploma too.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:50 pm

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

I am neither a Charger fan or a Jet fan and watched the majority of the game. I have to agree that there were some very questionable calls and particularly the pass interfernece ones involving Holmes and the offsides. It is refreshing to see a player come out and complain although I dont think there was necessarily a direct correlation between the calls and the ultimate loss for the Chargers.I am sure he will be fined. The Chargers mainly did not win because the offense became stagnant and that was the bigger problem.I do think it would be nice to see referees in all the sports(iespecially umpires in baseball) be accountable to the public and the teams for mistakes made instead of hiding  behind allegeded internal ramifcations for the mistakes. It is a difficult job in any sport but they still should have to sometimes explain their calls and decisions to the fans, players, and media.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:46 pm

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

okay fine, one bad call on Jammer as the end there. Fair enough. That said, you guys committed twelve other penalties-six offsides, take those away and the Jets were flagged more. It doesn't surprise me that some fans would make excuses for losing, and not take their losses like a man, but blaming the refs is the lowest, most twisted and ignorant excuse there is, and the Chargers are actually getting behind it. Says alot about how such a talented team never steps up to the next level. I'd rather hear you complain about injuries or something. The Chargers and their fans, in the span of a week, lost every bit of the respect I had for them. Norv Turner is apathetic. Phillip Rivers is a big softee. Ryan Mathews isn't ready to perform in a big matchup. And the defense is unaccountable. These guys are just lame...

And let's just stop this whole Darrelle Revis thing. Okay? Nobody ever complained about this before Jon Gruden called the foul on him on Monday Night. Now Revis apparantly gets "Jordan treatment" or he get's away with murder on every play. Jon Gruden was an overrated coach and he's an overrated analyst. Watch the replay and you'll see Marshall barrel into Revis' sternum head first and stumble to his left while Moore throws to his right. There's just a supreme love for Dolphins on MNF and that's the only reason he said it, okay everybody? Now let's get back to the sunday afternoon special: "Reeeeeeeeeeeeevis Islaaaaaand!"

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:45 pm

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

Who cares? Even if the refs were bad, does that excuse Antoine Cason from forgetting how to play cornerback? Does that excuse terrible offensive playcalling in the second half and even worse execution?

I watched the entire game, and yes there were bad calls. But the Chargers still had the ability to win the game if they just played better. The Jets executed and won, period. Anytime you blame the refs it makes you look bad. Jammer, instead of wasting your time with these comments, why don't you teach Cason how to defend a slant at the goal line this week or how to jam the receiver.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:38 pm

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

Why do we not blame the guy who threw the football out of bounds with the game on the line?

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:30 pm

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

Deion held every play when he was on the field....just like Revis.  ESPN made Revis good, then the NFL jumped on it and told the refs that, "he's the best in the league."  Now he can hold receivers for 5 yards and then do what he wants after 5 yards...It would help if you watched him might begin to understand...

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:27 pm

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

Ummmm...maybe the defensive backs should stop blaming the officials as they let Plaxico Burress score not once, not twice, but 3 times against the San Diego players running their mouths. I watched the game and there were terrible calls made all over the field but do not blame the officials. The Jets were the better team Sunday...and usually whenever they play San Diego...choke...uggg...playoffs!;). I do understand their frustration with the calls but they had plenty of chances to make plays and it just didn't happen. Lastly, Jammer should shut his trap because on a crucial 3rd down, he got a away with what was clearly a pass interference call on Santonio Holmes, as Jammer was draped on him before the ball was in reach. If San Diego fans blame the refs for this loss and not their own team, that is pathetic. Btw, since when is San Diego such an incredible team?

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:14 pm

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

So the Chargers are complaining about the referreeing supposedly, but then only Quentin Jammer is quoted actually complaining?  Who else was complaining from the team?  Nobody apparently, which makes that headline misleading and fallacious.  That's some outstanding journalism there.  So if someone on the Chargers gets a DUI, will the headline be "Chargers Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI"?

Did you have to have a high school diploma to get this job?

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:12 pm

Chargers say refs didn't call fair game

The NFL should look at the number of penalties called by their various referee teams. There do seem to be some referee teams that call far more than others. If one team is calling a lot more (or, conversly a lot less), the NFL should be sitting down with video and seeing if these teams are actually calling what the league wants called and how they want it called.

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