It’s not uncommon for teams to complain to the league about specific calls they didn’t like. What is uncommon is for the NFL to acknowledge 16 calls went against the Jaguars in the Week 1 loss to the Packers, according to a report by ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.
The lowlight: A missed defensive holding call by Packers safety Micah Hyde on Jaguars receiver Rashad Greene. Instead of Jacksonville having a first-and-goal from Green Bay’s 9-yard line with just under a minute to go, they instead faced a fourth-and-1, which they failed to convert. The Jags would go on to lose, 27-23.
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The missed calls became a topic of discussion at an internal Jaguars meeting, sources said, with team officials believing that the referees missed at least four pass interference calls committed on wide receiver Allen Robinson, including potential penalties by Damarious Randall and Sam Shields.
In the days following the loss, Jaguars players insisted they didn’t lose to the Packers because of the officiating, but that doesn’t excuse all the missed calls.
“They’ve got to do something about referees making these bad calls,” defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks said. “There’s no way these referees can continue to make bad calls and have no consequences. The only consequences are [the officials] get points knocked off and can’t ref a playoff game.”
Wideout Marqise Lee added: “I don’t know what the refs were looking at. We had some [penalties] we felt should have been called.”
Robinson, meanwhile, didn’t look to place blame.
“It’s not about the calls,” he said last week. “Blake [Bortles] gave me a ton of opportunities to make a play. I’ve got to make more plays. Seeing that that’s how the game is being called, I’ve got to adjust my physicality to the game. Early in the game, we saw how it was going to be called so I feel like I’ve got to do a better a job of adapting to that.”
The Jaguars (0-1) face the Chargers (0-1) on Sunday.
Source: CBS Sports / Report: NFL recognized 16 calls that went against the Jaguars in loss to Packers