Officiating A Blemish On Chiefs Debut

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Arrowhead Guys questions the officials command of Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.

Not to be lost in the celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs 40-26 dismantling of the Jacksonville Jaguars is the absolute disaster in officiating we all witnessed.

I’m not here to complain about a missed hold or nit-pick the spot of the ball. I’m here to discuss the officiating crew allowing the tone of the Chiefs/Jaguars game to escalate throughout the first half culminating in Myles Jack’s eventual ejection. What is not to be forgotten is the fallout that occurred along the way, with two starting quarterbacks and one of the league’s best wide receivers injured in less than half of regulation time.

The Jaguars are a physical defense that likes to set the tone of the game. I can respect that, I think all NFL fans appreciate watching a well-coached, physical defense tee off against an offense. However, the Jaguars are used to bullying lesser opponents. They have grown accustomed to setting the tone early with a little extra physicality and it having a lasting impact on the game as drives stall and wide receivers drop balls anticipating the big hit. The Jaguars are not used to an offense like the Chiefs’, one that can move the ball at will against them. And what happens when a bully doesn’t get a reaction?

The bully will continue to push the envelope until they get a reaction.

And that is exactly what happened. Leonard Fournette swung at Damien Wilson after wrapping him up before the whistle blew. No flag. Jalen Ramsey drives Tyreek Hill into the ground and then shoves him while he’s trying to get up. No flag.

If only there were a ref right there to have seen it…

Myles Jack almost rips Patrick Mahomes’ helmet off during a feet-first slide. No flag. Add in the Nick Foles injury that could have also been a missed call as Chris Jones did land on Foles with his body weight (although I still hate that rule and think it should be considered a clean hit) and the tension was only going to continue to escalate as long as the officials refused to regulate the tone of the game. Until finally the bully got a reaction…

With Myles Jack going after a ref following his ejection, this game is likely to get a closer look by the NFL. While I have no expectation of the NFL making official comments on the way this game was handled, it would be a tragedy if the officials’ lack of command of the game wasn’t communicated throughout the league and to the officiating crews. Having two of the NFL’s biggest stars injured within one half of football without a flag thrown is an unacceptable occurrence.

In the meantime, we are all left hoping the NFL manages to do the right thing.

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alsi2
alsi2

Are there any multi-billion dollar industries in this country that are run without a bias or corruption? I cannot believe that to be affirmative. The NFL is no different.

The Chiefs are not, have not been, and maybe never will be in the driver’s seat of this league. That seat belong to others…much further to the east. Don’t expect the NFL to do the Chiefs any favors. If we’re going to win a Super Bowl, it will be because the team fought through a lot of crap on the field, behind those whistles, and from behind a lot of phones and desks in plush offices. Good luck to us. We’ll need it. We’ve got enough pieces to win this thing. Will we have enough momentum to carry us over the wall of resistance that isn’t wearing a uniform and helmet that intends to see us fall just short of the goal line?

We’ll see. I sure hope so.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11

ANTHONY…
where’s the LINK to buy those Arrowhead Guys T-Shirts?

I’ve looked on AG STORE tab & the other tabs on this website

Plan on wearing them to Broncos Stadium – Chiefs @ Bronco game on – Thursday, 10/17

Thx!

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Just think they hate us after that demoralizing defeat last year so they’ve probably had this game in their minds for awhile to reap some revenge. Too bad their offense sucks. I thoroughly enjoyed watching ramsey get his lunch money stolen from watkins.

ForeverRanger91
ForeverRanger91

The reason why there was no flag on the Foles hit was because there was another defender there too. Plus I think they have pretty much quit calling those unless they are really bad. Plus it was on a touchdown so it wasn’t like the call would have benefited them.

slackator
slackator

or unless its Tom Brady

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

It was the first game of the season for everyone. You guys are getting to sensitive. It’s football, shit happens. Patrick is ok and we didn’t lose Tyreek for the season, could’ve been worse.

ForeverRanger91
ForeverRanger91

The Jags defense played like this last season and apparently they do this every game.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Ehh, maybe so. The whole squaring off in the endzone bit, where everyone was jawing and the repeated smacking of the football SHOULD have been called first game, sixth game, or Super Bowl. Its classless and tacky.

Dave B.
Dave B.

Made a Watkins TD gif…
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Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat

This gif brings up another point. Isn’t it unsportsmanlike conduct to knock the ball out of a player’s hand well after he is in the end zone? Maybe a flag right there would have nipped that stuff in the bud.

Leaf
Leaf

Good point. I’m not sure if it is a foul or not, but considering other things they deem unsportsman it should be. And you are right, a flag there could have set the tone for order with little real game changing consequences for Jax.

tsv0728
tsv0728

Not that I want the NFL to throw more flags, but if Tyreek rocking a peace sign in the wrong direction is unsportsman like, knocking the ball out of a players hands well after he scored certainly is too. That happened on another play too, but I can’t recall off hand.

Leaf
Leaf

That was my point. Personally I don’t really care about a peace sign in the face of a defender or the slapping out of a ball. But if you are going to call one, the other should as well.

Maw423
Maw423

They knocked it out of Damien Williams’s hands on the first play of the game, as he’s extending it to an official.

zulu trader
zulu trader

That’s what I saw. Shit should have been halted right there

ForeverRanger91
ForeverRanger91

One thing I realize now is that even if Mahomes doesn’t throw to Sammy, he has another guaranteed TD if he throws it to Hill.

upamtn

would you care for some cheese to go with that whine, Sir?

seriously, yeah emotions were high, but … how many fans (almost assuredly including you, my chick-hoarding friend) have been blasting the NFL for years saying the “new rules” make the game “soft” … but now, someone gets hurt in the heat of the moment and all of a sudden “the refs should stop it before it starts” … you can’t have it both ways

injuries ARE part of the game, hopefully not severe injuries … but they DO happen, and that’s what you get in a contact-sport game

Leaf
Leaf

I can agree that injuries happen all the time and it comes with playing the game. And I don’t think the injuries in this game (minus maybe the hill injury) were due to bad play. But I do think that the refs let things hey out of control. The jags were chippy from the start. I remember telling my son during our second possession that if things kept going the way they were, it was only a matter of time before a punch was thrown. The signs were there from the beginning, the refs just ignored them until after it escalated out of control.

CHIEFSandSABRES

I think the humidity messed with the refs more than it did us!

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

Does anybody know if the refs screwed us out of a first down on the play Mahomes got hurt?
They threw a flag for defensive holding during the play. Then after the play was the Miles Jack blowup.

Shouldn’t the holding penalty be enforced first then the offsetting penalties as their own infraction?

Tlback20
Tlback20

That is what should have been called. Since it was during live action it would be first and goal. Then the other penalties were all dead ball and would have been off-setting. Maybe I’m wrong but I believe that’s how it is supposed to be called.

upamtn

nope

off-setting penalties mean just that … replay the down

Leaf
Leaf

Yeah that’s the way it is in the rules, but I could see the argument that the rule should be if 3 penalties are called between both teams, two should offset and the remainder penalty is the one enforced.

alsi2
alsi2

And really, a live ball foul should be enforced if that is followed by offsetting dead ball fouls. The rules get difficult to interpret, but as best I could read them, all the fouls offset. I’d be happy to be wrong on that as that doesn’t make sense to me.

1wombat
1wombat

I thought so also

ForeverRanger91
ForeverRanger91

Unless the scuffle started before the play was blown dead, then that is how it should have worked.

Dave B.
Dave B.

Jones was knocked down by Clark while sacking Foles. He didn’t drive him into the ground… he fell on him.

Dave B.
Dave B.

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alsi2
alsi2

Lots to comment on but everyone can see it. Does their TE shove Clark at the last second or not? If anything was wrong here, I’d lean toward Clark’s shove rather than CJ’s tackle. But we’re not going to have some gifs showing the out-of-bounds nastiness by the Jags players? This was a key play, but frankly, it isn’t like they ripped his helmet off, swung a fist, or shoved someone who was getting up on the sidelines. That is a different class of ugly behavior and not part of a football play like this play that is still a live play.

Enite

The reason I didn’t believe this was a penalty was because Jones doesn’t hit him with his full body weight. Look at his arms. He is holding himself up off of Foles. he doesn’t drive him into the ground with his body weight. He does take him down with force, but he doesn’t put all of his weight on him.

Dave B.
Dave B.

That, too.

Maslowskis Demon Barber of Skeet Street
Maslowskis Demon Barber of Skeet Street

Props to big Red and the coaches for drilling discipline into our guys. DRob just flexed after getting smacked. Feel like the Jags are like the Raiders of old, Marty would tell the team, “Just keep playing our game, until they eventually implode.” Always how it worked out, Pat and Co haven taken the soul of this team 2 years in a row.

Z00keeper
Z00keeper

DRob is also the guy who shoved Miles Jack from behind during the scrum that got him ejected. Just sayin’

Spider
Spider

It was also Ramsey that threw the punch that got Jack ejected. You can’t really see specifically who the arm was attached to but you can tell it was a right and based on the angle from which it came it had to be Ramsey who ran up to the tussle. It happened so fast I think the ref got the wrong guy even though it was right under his nose.

Z00keeper
Z00keeper

Looks like both Ramsey and Jack should’ve been ejected. It says a lot about the Jags that a team captain on D is such a jackasss.comment image

Denmeister
Denmeister

Not to defend Ramsey, but it looks like he tried pushing Cam Erving out of his way and Erving didn’t budge so he ended up pushing himself into Tyreek.

Leaf
Leaf

Now that you mention it, it does look like he’s looking at Cam as he’s doing a “get off of me” arm throwing and hill just got ran over in the process. Like you said, that’s not a defense, as he still could have handled it better. But it doesn’t look nearly as dirty as I originally thought when looking at it throw that lens.

Spider
Spider

Erving wasn’t messing with Ramsey though. He was reaching toward his teammate to help him up. So whilst the bump into Ty probably wasn’t intentional, Ramsey and his attitude is still responsible.

Even injured, Ty didn’t back down.

Leaf
Leaf

I wasn’t saying that Cam was starting something, more that might be what Ramsey perceived. This isn’t saying Ramsey pushing into hill WASN’T dirty, only I can see that explanation as his arm gestures were pushing at Cam as his shoulder pushes into hill. This action is so bang-bang that it’s really difficult to tell the true intent of his actions from video alone.

Denmeister
Denmeister

I agree his attitude is responsible. I think he was going to talk crap as he was going by Tyreek because he was looking at him at first. Cam is trying to help Tyreek but bumps into Ramsey as he is walking past, so Ramsey gives a shove back without looking. I think the fact that who he pushed didn’t budge made him look back and then he decides to keep on walking.

THEMancar
THEMancar

The fix was in to keep the game close and it didn’t work. They had to cut the live feed because they didn’t want you to see the other fixed calls! You let your game do the talking, you dirty anuses. :p

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

FREE MASONS did it!!!

Leaf
Leaf

the gays

Disclaimer for Mancar: this is a reference to a recent Larry Johnson tweet.

Spider
Spider

I think the refs were trying to keep it close until the ejection. Then they decided they had to call it right to maintain some semblance of control. Unfortunately, they had to ignore some pretty egregious personal fouls to keep it close. They need to just call it fair and quit manipulating the games.

…I don’t think the blackout had anything to do with it, lol.

Leaf
Leaf

Problem is how one person perceives fair is subjective. What they need is consistency.

Spider
Spider

Perhaps consistent is a better word, but same thing.