Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Playing Flag Football Penalty Binge Continues against Jets

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Playing Flag Football Penalty Binge Continues against Jets

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The Jacksonville Jaguars wouldn't have needed a final defensive

stand in their 21-17 victory against the New York Jets had they

been able to snap a continuing penalty binge.

For the past month, the Jaguars have been one of the NFL's

most-penalized teams. Yesterday, 15 penalties for 123 yards --

which included a holding call that wiped out a touchdown --

almost cost them a victory over the league's worst team.

"Any time you don't execute the way you're supposed to execute,

it's frustrating," center Michael Cheever said. "It's tough when

you go out and practice and you execute and bad things happen."

One of those bad things was a holding call against guard Brian

DeMarco that brought back an 86-yard touchdown pass from Mark

Brunell to Jimmy Smith in the fourth quarter. That would have

extended Jacksonville's lead to 28-17.

DeMarco, who also was penalized for holding in the third

quarter, denied the charge.

"I can't wait to review the holding penalty I had when Jimmy

Smith scored that touchdown -- that was ridiculous," he said.

"It was just plain ridiculous. I can't wait to see that on

film."

Cheever came to his teammate's defense.

"What I saw on replay, both of DeMarco's holding calls were a

little bit suspect," he said. "It's disappointing when things

like that happen on big plays."

Dave Widell had teamed with DeMarco on the block and said the

official blew the call.

"We're under strict gag orders not to question the officials,

but when you double-team a guy, I don't know how there can be

holding."

It was the second Jaguars touchdown called back because of a

penalty. Smith was penalized 10 yards for offensive pass

interference late in the second quarter, which nullified an

11yard touchdown pass from Brunell to Keenan McCardell. …

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