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Football Footnotes: Tom Brady rips officials in Jaguars-Titans game

Tim Benz
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lamented the number of penalties called in the first half of the Jaguars-Titans game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.

During Thursday night’s Jacksonville Jaguars-Tennessee Titans game, there were so many penalties that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tweeted that he was turning off his television.

Quite a rebuke from the game’s biggest star, no?

Brady had a point. There were 15 penalties in the first half. And as is often the case — like Steelers fans would tell you — if Brady complains, the refs seem to listen.

Because after Brady sent the tweet, there were no penalties in the third quarter.

Eight of the first-half penalties were for holding. But the flag that had America up in arms was an atrocious roughing-the-passer whistle.

What a joke. Tennessee’s Kamalei Correa even opened his arms to let Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew fall cleanly.

So, needless to say, given the protection afforded to Brady over the years, fans were quick to point to the irony of Brady’s tweet.

Especially Kansas City Chiefs fans. They are still bitter — rightfully so — in the wake of a generous call given to Brady last year during the AFC Championship Game.

Take it away, K.C.

The timing from Brady was even more ironic given this complaint from Miami Dolphins linebacker Raekwon McMillan on the heels of last weekend’s game.

He claims that on Sunday, referee Bill Vinovich told him to “stay off Tom” after he legally hit Brady during his team’s 43-0 loss to the Patriots.

Yes. Stay off Tom. And while you’re at it, try to avoid walking in the line of their cameras pointed directly at your defensive coordinator from an illegal location on the field.

I mean seriously, Raekwon. You’re messing up their shot.

By the way, the final score was Jaguars 20, Titans 7.

Officials called 131 yards in penalties.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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