Patriots vs. Jaguars 2012: New England's defense shouting cadence?

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars had a critical penalty late in the game against the Patriots, to which head coach Mike Mularkey attributed to the New England defense calling out cadence.

Late in the game against the New England Patriots, the Jacksonville Jaguars had a chance to bring the game within a single score if they could score a touchdown. Tight end Zach Potter was called for a false start however, killing the drive and forcing the Jaguars to settle for a field goal.

Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey thought part of the issue with the false start however, was that the Patriots defense was "hard shifting" and calling out cadence before the snap.

"That was disappointing because that was brought up to the officials before the game that they were going to do that. They were going to shift illegally, not illegally, but line up and shift with the intent to draw the offense offsides and blurt out a cadence as they’re doing it," Mularkey told reporters after the game.

It's typically illegal for a defense to call out a fake snap or mess with the cadence on an offense, but Mularkey told reporters the referees claimed they didn't here it. Mularkey also noted his team should have been prepared anyway.

"That was addressed. We practiced it. We practiced it the whole week those guys shifting with the cadence. They were informed it was coming," Mularkey said after the game. "Obviously, they didn’t call it and we jumped. But we practiced that. Very frustrating. I will not bring those things up with the officials anymore. We are going to get a time check and who the captains are and move on."

In the long run, it wouldn't necessarily have made the difference in the game, but it seems Mularkey has had issues with the umpires in quite a few games this season.

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