Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, and Side Judge Rick Patterson

Can someone fill me in on the controversy with side judge Rick Patterson and his performance in the Jaguars-Colts game in week 3 on September 21, 2008.

Browsing the web, I see some comments about not calling pass interference on an interception that Rashean Mathis returned for a TD after grabbing Marvin Harrison's jersey (but this might not have been by side judge Rick Patterson).

Is it perhaps in the fourth quarter when David Garrard threw a short pass for wide receiver Reggie Williams and an official called pass interference on Freddie Keiaho of the Colts? Was that Rick Patterson's call? I don't think that would be the biggest controversy because the NFL told Tony Dungy that it was a good call, but Tony Dungy would not reveal the blown calls, no doubt because the NFL has a gag rule that silences coaches from commenting on referee mistakes.

Can someone post a comment that explains what call was the controversial one by side judge Rick Patterson?


Blogger pez said...

It was the latter... the 4th and 1 where they called interference on Keiaho... It appears to me to be incidental contact that was likely caused when the Jacksonville receiver ran into Keiaho.

It's controversial because of two non-call interference plays on Marvin Harrison, one you mention that resulted in a pick+6, the second happened a few plays earlier and was not called.

These two non-calls early in the game, coupled with the at least questionable call against Keiaho raised some eyebrows among Indianapolis fans (full disclosure, I am an Indianapolis fan).

Two factors add to the 'controversy.' First, the flag was very late, appearing only after Garrard appears to discuss with the official. Second, it took place on 4th and 1, which (sans penalty) would have been an incomplete pass and turnover On downs, allowing the Colts to take a knee and win the game.

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