Editor’s note: Let me just say how much I like D’Qwell Jackson as a player. This is the second post in two days that is seemingly picking on him, and I don’t mean to do that.
There was some mystery surrounding a penalty in which the TV broadcast didn’t do a good job of going back to show you what happened. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was wrapped up and sacked, and then all of a sudden there was an unnecessary roughness call on linebacker D’Qwell Jackson.
What happened was away from the ball.
So that’s what happened. D’Qwell saw an opportunity to put a crushing shot on Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham. Whether the call was just or not, Jackson certainly laid Gresham out, but as you can see it is within the first five yards so contact should be allowed. Not so sure just how much or what kind of contact constitutes a personal foul, but the replacement refs certainly thought it was a problem as Jackson was flagged for fifteen.