I don’t know if this is a case of “sour grapes”, or the realization that they let the AFC South title slip out of their hands last Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, but Monday found some Jacksonville
Whiners Jaguars personnel complaining about the Colts’ play, especially after plays were considered dead, according to Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.
The main – and probably the weakest argument I’ve heard this season thus far – beef comes from Jaguars defensive end Paul Spicer; after the Jags’ loss to the Colts, he claimed that the Colts play “beyond the whistle”, and went so far as to accuse the team – namely team president Bill Polian – of paying off the referees. Spicer specifically accused Colts linebacker Tyjuan Hagler of extracurricular activity after the whistle was blown that drew retaliation from Jacksonville wide receiver Reggie Williams, resulting in a penalty on the Jaguars for unnecessary roughness.
Dungy’s response is what I would expect from one of the classiest – if not the classiest – head coaches in the NFL; Dungy told the Star in response to those allegations, “I think you just have to look at the facts, and every year we’re one of the least-penalized teams in the league. We pride ourselves in not getting penalties and we think not getting penalties helps you win games. We try to abide by the rules and we seem to do a pretty good job of it.” Dungy also was mystified at the accusation by Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio that Colts defensive line coach John Teerlinck trains his players to “bark and flinch” in order to draw players offsides.
Dungy replied, “That was a curious comment to me because they’re going with a silent count and they’re trying to time it off the center’s head, and when you’re not using the (hard) count I’m not sure what happens that causes (penalties). I just don’t know where that came from.” My best guess is that the Colts, unlike the Jaguars, are savvy on the line and a case of the Jags not paying attention. All of this is ironic, as the Colts have committed 1 personal foul penalty all season, while the Jaguars have committed 8.
Personally, I find the accusations by both Spicer and Del Rio laughable, as anyone who is a Colts fan or at least follows the team knows that the Colts play by and large a clean game week-in, week-out. They don’t have to resort to little nuances such as the ones previously stated. And about the buying-off the officials comment – give it a rest. Bill Polian may be a lot of things to a lot of people, but buying off the refs? Highly unlikely. The Jaguars just need to get over themselves, and worry about trying to secure a wild-card spot this season.