Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Silly Penalties' Addressed by del Rio

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Silly Penalties' Addressed by del Rio

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Deon Grant says he owes Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio.

His 15-yard penalty against the Redskins on Sunday might have affected the outcome in the club's 36-30 loss. As a result, Del Rio hammered home to his team the importance of not committing such avoidable indiscretions.

"That's not me. I rarely get a penalty, period," Grant said. "I guess I [was] all caught up in the moment knowing that we were driving back. But that's not me to get any silly penalties and Jack knows that."

With the club down 27-24 in the fourth quarter, Grant recovered a Brandon Lloyd fumble and returned it to the Washington 18 before being shoved out of bounds by Redskins guard Derrick Dockery.

Grant and teammate Marcus Stroud celebrated with a dance routine at the end of the play. The result: a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that pushed the Jags from the 18 to the 33. Jacksonville settled for a 43-yard Josh Scobee field goal on the ensuing drive.

"I definitely owe him one," Grant said. "That penalty, that's not me. I'm going to show them."

But with better field position, the Jags could've walked away with a touchdown to potentially negate any need for an overtime period. In a thriller such as what transpired on Sunday, every yard is important.

"Nobody is trying to lay the blame about this game or that, but it's 15 yards," Del Rio said. "Fifteen yards are hard to come by. We work too hard to keep people from getting 15 yards and we work too hard to get 15 yards.

"So that's been addressed. I understand that both guys have been apologetic and they understand what happened. They let themselves get a little carried away with that celebration there."


Grant seemed to be in position to prevent Sunday's game-winning 68-yard touchdown reception by Redskins receiver Santana Moss. …

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