Colts HC Dungy Unmoved By Jaguars’ Complaints

Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, right, talks with Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio following the Colts
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.

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3 Responses to “Colts HC Dungy Unmoved By Jaguars’ Complaints”

  1. Wrong says:

    Um… if you want to have your eyes opened, email me. I’ve got video of illegal pick plays set by the Colts in that game. VIDEO of ILLEGAL PICK PLAYS. Don’t talk to me about a clean game.

    I hope you didn’t watch that game. If you did, you’d feel terrible about what the refs did to Jacksonville. I don’t buy into the whole paying off the refs conspiracy crap either, but it was obvious a ton of horrible calls were made that took Jacksonville out of a game they should have won.

  2. Wrong says:

    And heading into the game, Jacksonville was one of the least penalized teams in the league.

    But I do wonder if teams average more penalties against the Colts than any other team… that would be an interesting statistic.

  3. Andrew says:

    There were some BAD calls. Like the interception that was ruled an incompletion. It just didn’t make sense. A few years ago there was a high-profile incident in which Fred Taylor had his face pinned to ground by Mike Daas of the Colts, and guess what? The Jags turned around and slaughtered them the next time they met. Let’s hope for a repeat.