Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch and Garry Smits, Times-Union staff writers

JAGUARS IRATE AT FUMBLE RULING

Yet another crucial, controversial call by the referees went against the Jaguars yesterday.

At least, that's how coach Tom Coughlin saw it after Baltimore's Jason Brookins appeared to fumble at the goal line in the third quarter because of hit by Jaguars linebacker T.J. Slaughter.

Defensive end Tony Brackens recovered the apparent fumble, but referee Larry Nemmers ruled that the ball was recovered simultaneously by an offensive and defensive player, so by rule the offense retained possession.

The Jaguars were so irate that safety Donovin Darius received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing, but it was to no avail for Jacksonville. Brookins then scored on the next play for a 17-0 Baltimore lead.

"That was a fumble, and it was our ball," Coughlin said. "How could somebody come in there and say the ball was shared? I've never heard that call. Brackens ran around the field with the ball. You saw it. Everybody saw it. I'm not making that up."

DOUBLE DUTY FOR HOLLIS

The release of Jim Tarle last week pressed Jaguars kicker Mike Hollis into regular kickoff duty for the first time since 1998, and the rust on Hollis' part was obvious.

Hollis' game-opening kickoff traveled to the Baltimore 6-yard line, but the seven-year veteran -- who had to give up kickoffs in part because of two back surgeries -- could come no closer than the Ravens' 11 on his three other kicks. One kickoff in the third quarter barely reached the Baltimore 19.

The added duties didn't help Hollis' field-goal accuracy, either. He was wide left on a 38-yard attempt in the second quarter, giving him one miss in each of his past two games.

Hollis began the year as the third-most accurate kicker in NFL history but is just 8 for 14 on field goals this season. …

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