Lengthy earlier than the ultimate whistle blew final Thursday evening in the course of the NFL’s regular-season opener, Kansas City Chiefs proper deal with Jawaan Taylor had change into a scorching subject.
All through the sport, a 21-20 upset loss to the Detroit Lions, Taylor appeared to commit several false start penalties that went uncalled. He was routinely rocking in his stance, tapping his foot and falling again into his set early.
It took till late within the sport earlier than officers lastly appeared to catch on and throw the flag.
“So far as the false begin goes, no, I haven’t even had a ref actually point out it to me,” Taylor stated on Thursday, via Aaron Ladd of KSHB 41. “However I’ve had refs point out my alignment, so simply ensuring I’m not too deep.
“However in case you have a look at it, to the attention it could appear like a false begin, however in case you gradual it down on movie, I’m shifting on the similar time the ball is shifting. I’m simply getting out of my stance with urgency. These rushers are good, so if you may get one step forward with simply utilizing the snap depend to your benefit, that’ll be higher for you.”
Taylor’s pre-snap actions are nothing new. It’s one thing he did when he performed for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who simply occur to be Kansas Metropolis’s opponent in Week 2.
“(He’s) participant, we all know who he’s and he did the identical factor right here. He has nice anticipation with the snap depend,” Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson stated this week, via Pro Football Talk.
Not solely will Pederson and the Jaguars have their eye on Taylor, so will the officers.
Dean Blandino, the previous NFL vice chairman of officiating, told Sports Illustrated that the NFL despatched out movie to officers this week highlighting Taylor and different unlawful formations/false begins from across the league. Will probably be a degree of emphasis in Week 2 and past.
“On the tape this week on the very finish, there are a number of examples of — and a pair from the Thursday evening sport with Jawaan Taylor — of tackles who’re too far again,” Blandino stated. “I’d anticipate, simply from my expertise, officers watch that coaching tape. It’s normally an excellent studying software, and it’s good for giving your officers route. I’d anticipate we is not going to see the egregious examples we could have seen in Week 1.”
Taylor might imagine he’s doing nothing fallacious however we’ll discover out for certain this Sunday.