October 24, 2011
The San Diego Chargers, after blowing an 11-point lead, traveled back to America's Finest City on Sunday night with a loss in their pocket. In the mind of cornerback Quentin Jammer(notes), it wasn't a loss they earned, but instead, it was stuffed in their pockets against their will by incompetent officials.
After collecting 13 penalties for 95 yards (with a previous season average of 4.4 penalties per game), Jammer had this to say after the loss. Via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post:
"I don't have to say anything about what the refs did -- everyone saw how the calls went," Jammer said in a decidedly angry Chargers locker room at MetLife Stadium. "When you're not getting the chance to play the way you play, it's upsetting." [...]
Asked if the officiating was consistent, Jammer said: "Yeah -- consistently bad. No way it was called fairly. No way. Not at all. It wasn't called fairly at all. Maybe I'm being biased, but I'm just judging off what I saw. It wasn't a fair game called." [...]
"How does a team just get sloppy like that the very next game?" he said. "The answer is, it doesn't."
In Jammer's defense, there was one particularly crushing call that went against him, and it didn't seem like he did anything wrong. Observe:
Still, the Chargers lost because the New York Jets played better football than they did in the second half. Interference calls on the secondary are one thing, but they're not the reason the Chargers offense was shut out after halftime. Those flags aren't the reason Shonn Greene(notes) looked like Jim Brown on Sunday. They weren't the reason Chargers receivers couldn't get open.
No one likes losing, and some venting is inevitable. All it's likely to earn Jammer, though, is a fine from the league. One hopes that pointing the finger at the officials doesn't prevent the Chargers defense from pointing a finger at themselves, too. They have some work to do.
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