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Referee Gives Explanation for Ridiculous Roughing the Passer Call on Chris Jones

Devon Platana
Referee Carl Cheffers has given an explanation for his ridiculous roughing the passer call on Kansas City Chiefs DT Chris Jones.
Referee Carl Cheffers has given an explanation for his ridiculous roughing the passer call on Kansas City Chiefs DT Chris Jones. / AP Photo/Ed Zurga

The Kansas City Chiefs may have won on Monday, but the outcome was somewhat overshadowed by another controversial roughing the passer call. Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones received the call after he strip-sacked Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the second quarter, leaving many people perplexed.

It didn't take long for fans to get the answer behind referee Carl Cheffers' call. The 62-year-old told reporters after the game that he flagged Jones because "the defender landed on [Carr] with full body weight," which the NFL rulebook forbids.

Chris Jones Roughing the Passer

PFWA's Adam Teicher even asked if Carr fumbling the ball changes the rules, but Cheffers said that it doesn't. The veteran referee replied that quarterbacks have full protection on passing plays "that extends after he's no longer in control." He even added that a replay review wouldn't have changed the outcome.

While Jones did land on Carr, it hardly appeared to be his full body weight. The strip-sack occurred on an ordinary tackle and it isn't like the Chiefs defender can stop gravity from having its way. Even with Cheffers' explanation, it's hard to dispute the video evidence.

The Monday night controversy came just over 24 hours after another controversial roughing the passer call. Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett was the recipient of a call after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady, who even described the play as a "long hug."

AP reported Monday morning that the NFL plans to discuss the roughing the passer rule going forward. However, any changes likely wouldn't be implemented until next season.

Obviously, protecting quarterbacks should be one of the league's top priorities. Having said that, they're still playing the same game as everyone else. It'll be interesting to see if the NFL decides to be more flexible with how QBs are attacked or maintain the same level of protection going forward.

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