Another controversial roughing the passer call has raised concerns in Week 8 of the NFL, this time working against the New York Jets.
During Sunday’s 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots, running back Michael Carter’s 84-yard pick-six was called back after defensive end John Franklin-Myers was flagged for roughing the passer.
Head coach Robert Saleh called it a “costly penalty” during his post game presser and said the reason the penalty was called was because Mac Jones was “hit too hard.”
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“JFM’s got to be better. It doesn’t matter. Do something. It’s 17-3 going into the locker room to 10-6 and they got the ball, lapped us, scored another touchdown – just a critical exchange,” he said. “We can say it’s JFM’s fault. We can blame the – it doesn’t matter. It happened. And at the end of the day, we’ve just got to be better.”
Quarterback Zach Wilson, who struggled in his first ever 300-yard game, was more direct with his opinion of the call.
“Yeah, it was a terrible call, but that’s football. It happens all the time.”
Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins called it “a huge, momentum-shifting play.”
“No matter when it happens in the game, no matter any of that. Obviously [we] want that play to happen, to stand and be a huge play for us. But [we] can’t dwell on it. It happened right before the half, we’ve still got to come out, we’ve still got a whole other half to play.”
Franklin-Myers was more reserved when talking about the call but did admit that he won’t adjust his game.
“As a defensive lineman, the way the league’s going, you can’t play any slower. Whatever, they called it so you gotta live with it,” he said. “As a player, I can’t slow down… I have to make plays. That’s my job and that’s their job to call those fouls if they think that’s what it is. They do their job.”
The Jets dropped to 5-3 and go on next to face the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 6.
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