JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines the Jaguars' 20-10 loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday – with an eye on Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson's reaction to a non-call on an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter
Allen Robinson doesn't consider himself a big complainer.
When it comes to officiating, the Jaguars' third-year receiver said it never has been his way to complain or question calls. That made Sunday unusual.
"I've never been this frustrated playing football in my life," Robinson said.
Robinson, a 2015 Pro Bowl selection, caught three passes for 31 yards Sunday, but the primary topic when he was speaking to the media afterward was an incomplete pass that Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw to Robinson in the fourth quarter.
Robinson was defended by Broncos quarterback Aqib Talib on the 4th-and-four play. Contact was made between the two, and after the ball caromed away from Robinson and Talib, Robinson was penalized 15 yards for removing his helmet while complaining about the non-interference call.
"I'd rather not talk about this amazing officiating that we've had throughout the course of this season," Robinson said after the Jaguars' seventh consecutive loss. "It is what it is."
Robinson's penalty came a week after Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles referred to a late non-call in a loss to Buffalo as "horrible." On that play, Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore appeared to pull Robinson's jersey as the pass approached.
Robinson often during the past two seasons has drawn contact from defenders upon the ball's arrival – and perhaps before. He and Jaguars coaches have been asked on multiple occasions in the past two seasons why they believe Robinson has trouble drawing interference penalties.
"It's tough, but it's not like he can expect anything else playing here," Bortles said Sunday. "You've got to make a better throw, make a better play, catch the ball. You can't leave it in the hands of the ref, not on fourth down, trying to get a PI. I've got to throw it better and he's got to catch it.
"I know it's frustrating for him, because he's been getting kind of hammered with guys draped all over him and the lack of calls. I know it's got to be frustrating for him, especially as competitive as he is, as badly as he wants to make a play and make a difference. It's tough. I wouldn't know what to tell him.
"He's going to play as hard as he possibly can on every single play. He's always done that. Sometimes you get the call. Sometimes you don't. You can't worry about that. You've got to just try and make the play."
Robinson said he has "no idea" why he seems to not receive interference calls.
"I just try to keep playing," Robinson said. "I try not to get too frustrated. I got a little frustrated today, but other than that I try to keep my head in it and make some plays. I try not to let that hinder me. Maybe it's me. Maybe I need to start upping my physicality. I'll take a look at that as well.
"I'm not going to say it's not on me, because obviously I guess it is. I've got to go in the lab and figure something out."
"We just didn't do enough. If their defense didn't get a turnover and score a touchdown, this game would be going into overtime and we could potentially win this game, but again their defense came up for them when they needed it. We knew it was going to be a defensive game at the end of the day. We knew it was going to come down to whoever made the most stops and came up with the biggest plays. At the end of the day, if you want to be great you have to find a way to get your offense the ball back."
--Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson
"It sucks to be 2-10, because we're better than that. We just have to keep growing and keep working. That's all we can really do."
--Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson
"This is a man's game, so you never quit. You don't quit in life and you don't quit on the field so we're going to keep on grinding and keep working. We're going to keep holding each other accountable. We're not going to start the blame game, so the blame should be pointed at ourselves. We, as individuals, have to find a way to put the team over the cusp. It starts with me and my unit so now we have to do a better job and we're not in positions to turn the ball over. We have a ways to go and that takes us just doing it."
--Jaguars offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum **