Penalties doom Texans in loss to Jaguars
The Texans were penalized 14 times for 177 yards on Thursday. They lost.
Many of the penalty markers were thrown at the worst times for the Texans in their 27-20 loss to the Jaguars. There were several key penalties that extended drives.
One of the biggest ones was given to Johnathan Joseph on a defensive pass interference on a third down to extend the Jaguars’ scoring drive. That was the drive when they went up 14 and scored the eventual game-winning points.
Joseph said that call was “terrible” and had trouble understanding several calls against the Texans on Thursday.
“Obviously, there's a lot of flags on us today and we felt like some of them wasn't our fault,” Joseph said. “But it is what it is. Nothing we can do about it. We're just trying to play football, clean football, playing to the whistle (blows), trying to fight, get the ball out. Obviously, you can't put your team in those situations with those calls but like I said, I think it was terrible calls by the ref. And I stand by that.”
Were some of those penalties out of frustration after the Texans have struggled over the last several weeks?
“Not at all,” Joseph said. “It's frustrating for the refs to do that, to give them 40, 50 yards of field position, things like that, you know, when they're doing the same thing. You're fighting for position and then you look on the other side of the ball and seeing the same thing, guys pulling guys not getting the call. And I'm not complaining or whining or anything, I'm just calling it exactly, telling you exactly how I see it from the sideline, looking out there and playing the game.”
Head coach Gary Kubiak said the amount of penalties was “ridiculous” and said it was a lack of discipline. He accepted blame for them as the head coach. He called the unnecessary roughness on rookie DeAndre Hopkins and the taunting on rookie D.J. Swearinger “inexcusable.”
“It comes down to accountability,” defensive end J.J. Watt said. “You can try to make excuses, you can try to place the blame wherever you want, but you go out there and you put that many penalties on the board, you’re not going to win football games. Plain and simple. You’re not going to win.”