Jacksonville Jaguars Lose to NFL Referees, Also to San Diego Chargers 24 – 6

Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright (29) is penalized for interference after making contact with Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) before the pass got to him in the second quarter of their game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars matchup with the San Diego Chargers today had all the makings of an upset and the Jaguars first win of the season. Unfortunately, the continued ineptness on offense combined with the horrific officiating meant an all-too-similar result. The Jaguars’ opportunities to win a game this season are dwindling and it’s not realistic at this point to expect them to get a win. The Chargers did whatever they wanted on offense – the Jaguar defense couldn’t get any pressure against a makeshift offensive line. Chad Henne still can’t put up points despite a nice set of weapons around him. The 2014 draft can’t come soon enough.

Here are a couple notes from today’s game:

The Good

  • The running game actually seemed relatively effective in a limited number of snaps. Jaguar running backs only got 11 carries combined, but they managed about 5 yards a rush. Unfortunately, as soon as San Diego built a big lead the Jaguars completely abandoned running the ball.

The Bad

  • Chad Henne just isn’t very good. His stat line looks respectable but he isn’t even playing at the level of a competent game manager. He has plenty of talent at the skill positions but he still couldn’t manage a touchdown.
  • The secondary played very poorly again and the young safeties in the backend were exposed. Josh Evans and Johnathan Cyprien are still going through growing pains and it’s leading to coverage breakdowns and big plays for opposing teams. The potential is there, it’s just not very pretty right now.

The Because Jaguars

  • The referees  today were the only group on the field worse than the Jaguars. They failed to review a pretty obvious play with less than two minutes in the half where Keenan Allen was down. Then they failed to overturn a clear fumble in favor of the Jaguars despite overwhelming video evidence. The Jaguars aren’t going to beat anyone if they need to overcome the officials too.

These games are getting less fun to watch, but there are some pieces in place for the Jaguars to be good if and when they get a quarterback. Just keep watching and Stand United.

We’ll have a more thorough analysis of the game with Pro Football Focus grades later in the week.

 

- Daniel Lago

Yell at me on Twitter @dlago89

 

 

Topics: Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars, Johnathan Cyprien, Josh Evans, Maurice Jones-drew, San Diego Chargers

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  • JoseSD

    bolts fan here. the play where Keenan Allen was down wasnt reviewed cause the ball was snapped before Gus Bradley challenged, and with Gates’ fumble the ruling on the field was down by contact so you need clear evidence to turn it over and i think that was the case when it came to the recovery. on the replay it looked as if Gates fell on the loose ball first then a couple guys piled on him. even though Cyprien ran out of the pile afterwards with it you cant see a clear recovery so the ruling on the field stood had the play been ruled a fumble then maybe it would have been Jags ball. the worst ref call on the jags was the unsportsmanlike call on 3rd and waaay long that gave the chargers a first down. but in my opinion the refs gave them a make up penalty on third down when Wright knocked away the pass from Blackmon and it was called PI which was complete BS. Jags fans cant blame this all on Refs. the credit should go to the Bolts D, two best pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Melvin Ingram on IR, starting OLB Jarrett Johnson injured and starting MLB Donald Butler missed the game too and i think they still got 5 or 6 sacks. and the blame should be on the Jags offense. only 2 possesions in the 1st half and zero touchdowns isnt gonna win you games

    • Daniel Lago

      In the article I put the blame for the loss squarely on the Jaguars, not the refs. That doesn’t change the fact that the officials were awful and the Jaguars felt the brunt of it. Yeah Gus Bradley could have and should have called a timeout to have it reviewed, but the officials should have blown the whistle anyway to review because it was a close play. It’s the onus of the officials to review it under two minutes. And sure, let’s go ahead and make the weak assumption that the Jaguars didn’t clearly recover the ball – it doesn’t matter because it was a clear fumble on the play. Call it right the first time if you don’t want to look like idiots on the replay review.
      The Chargers are the better team and deserved to win, I’m not taking anything away from them. The referees were horrific though and it was pretty obvious.

      • joerockt

        I don’t think a timeout there would have mattered anyway because during the brief replays it looks pretty clear that KA caught the ball. But yea, it should have been reviewed, so props to the Bolts for snapping the ball quickly.

        From the replay, it was a clear fumble, but maybe not at full speed. The right call was made after a replay review, unfortunatly for the Jags it didn’t go their way. We get the same crap too during games. What is really baffling is the fact that they called a fumble on Royal, with the ref standing 10 yards away watching a guy who was CLEARLY down, and yet didn’t blow the whistle.

        Oh, and the refs didn’t make Shorts drop that dime pass in the end zone, or make Henne sail one right to Gilchrest, etc, etc, etc and etc…

        • Daniel Lago

          Yeah, the 2014 draft can’t come soon enough. And Shorts was actually one of the more disappointing players yesterday, but it’s hard to fault him too much since he was playing hurt.

          • joerockt

            Oh, I didn’t know his hands were hurting. My bad.

            Sorry, I’m not into kicking while you’re down, but I wouldn’t make excuses for the guy.

    • JagNative

      Coaches cannot challenge inside of two minutes, it’s up to the refs in the booth to call. In fact it’s a 15 yard penalty if they do.

      • joerockt

        Ha, as we found out when McCoy threw the flag during the Royal “turnover”.

      • JoseSD

        I meant to say call a timeout, stopping the clock would have given the refs time to review the play

    • joerockt

      I don’t think the unsportsman like call was out of line. Guy was clearly taunting, easy call.

  • Lem

    When you loose why is it some ones else that did something to give you the loss. This is just a BAD team, I have been there with very bad San Diego teams. You don’t have a lot to work with, it will take 2 to 3 years with smart drafting and player pick-ups to be a good team. Also you need let the players that are bad in the locker room go. The Chargers let Shan Phillips go and he was the sack leader, now leading Denver in Sacks! He is a great guy and good player but wasn’t the best for SD locker room. Your GM and Coach just needs to what’s best for the team long term not holding on to a player because he is popular with fans and the Media!

    • Daniel Lago

      Read the article – I know this team is terrible. That doesn’t change the fact that the referees were awful. The Chargers can beat the Jaguars outright, they don’t need the refs screwing up to help them.

      • Santee Jack

        The refs seem to make a bad call that costs the Chargers a game at least once a year. These are calls that are reviewed later in the week and the officials committee officially says ‘oops.’ This happened already this year when a bad call cost the Charges a win in their first game against Houston. So the Charges know the pain well.

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  • berkeleyman81

    Well, the Jags have some great skill players on offense. Henne isn’t getting much protection, MJD is in the twilight of his nice career, and your back 7 is pretty shoddy. I would start as many QBs as you can, especially mobile ones, until one sticks. Henne will do nothing with that line.

    The Gates fumble was indeed a fumble. It was not obvious who recovered, and by rule, it belonged to Diego. It sure looked like the Jags deserved the ball. Keep in mind, however, that the Bolts should have scored at least a field goal and likely TD at the end of the half, but the Jags kept on making penalties and bleeding time, inching closer to the endzone. The Jags got rolled, and the refs, while not helpful, didnt change things much.

    The Bolts aren’t that bad, in case you just noticed.

    • Daniel Lago

      I never said San Diego was bad and I definitely put the majority of the blame on the Jaguars for sucking. Philip Rivers is terrific and if your pass defense shores up then you guys should be all set. The Jaguars kept the Chargers out of the endzone in spite of a few awful calls and some luck with Rivers scrambling on the last play.