Pics: What happened on D’Qwell Jackson’s unnecessary roughness penalty?

Editor’s note: Let me just say how much I like D’Qwell Jackson as a player. This is the second post in two days that is seemingly picking on him, and I don’t mean to do that. 

There was some mystery surrounding a penalty in which the TV broadcast didn’t do a good job of going back to show you what happened. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was wrapped up and sacked, and then all of a sudden there was an unnecessary roughness call on linebacker D’Qwell Jackson.

What happened was away from the ball.

So that’s what happened. D’Qwell saw an opportunity to put a crushing shot on Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham. Whether the call was just or not, Jackson certainly laid Gresham out, but as you can see it is within the first five yards so contact should be allowed. Not so sure just how much or what kind of contact constitutes a personal foul, but the replacement refs certainly thought it was a problem as Jackson was flagged for fifteen.

[Related: Could D’Qwell Jackson’s Hit On Armon Binns Draw Scrutiny?]

  • ThEricJ

    The Browns get whistled for 15, and yet the shoe throwing by the Bengals, which is CLEARLY unsportsmanlike conduct goes without penalty? These ‘replacement referees’ are undeniably not good. What I don’t understand is why the NFL is still holding out on paying the trained, professional ref’s. I mean, look at some of these jokers that are over paid (Chris Johnson, etc.) that barely show up and do their job on the field for a few plays. The ref’s, in-arguably are one of the most important cogs in the football machine, and are on the clock/field for all 60 minutes of play. PAY THEM ACCORDINGLY! Not doing so truly shows the lack of regard the NFL has for the safety of players, the reputation of the organization, and for the fans that devote time and money for this entertainment. Awful.


    Sean Lee thinks it was a good call.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    DQ was probably frustrated from having to play alongside the guys he did yesterday man was the defense atrocious.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I didn’t get to see this during the game, but now that I see what happened I feel safe in saying this was an awful call from the replacement hacks. The hit is happening while the hit on Dalton is happening, so you know that it wasn’t late. The first photo shows that Jackson is not hitting near the head of Gresham. Gresham may not have been paying attention, but that’s his own fault. Horrible call… Browns would have had the ball in good position to score if the play is let go as it should have been.

  • Couldn’t agree more. Hines Ward made a career hitting defensive guys like this and was applauded for it.

  • dljenni

    Unless the whistle had blown, Gresham is actaully BEHIND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. I don’t care what position you are playing, getting blasted in the shoulder is completely legal when you’re behind the line.

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  • woofersus

    I got a pretty good look at the hit and not only was it not late, it wasn’t a crushing blow or vicious in any way. He bumped him in the shoulder and then followed through with his arms, essentially giving the guy a bump and hard shove. You can see DQ’s arms up on the guy’s shoulder in the first picture. The reason he went flying like that is that he wasn’t ready for it. He was slowing to a walk/trot as it happened and looking the other direction.

    Now I don’t know if there is a rule saying that because the play was far away from him and clearly ending you can’t put a hit on him at all, but it was NOT a big hit.

  • The nfl could give every ref $20k/game and a BMW for the season, and it wouldn’t even take the weenie out of their lux box beanie/weenie. They’re worth billions, but they’re being penny-wise dollar-foolish again. This is why every fan loves their team, but hates the nfl. A plethora of idiots.