The Jacksonville Jaguars defense embarrassed themselves in the sweltering heat in TIAA Bank Field on Sunday in the team’s 40-26 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Between getting beat for chunk plays early on and shooting themselves in the foot with bonehead penalties after getting stops, it capped off with middle linebacker and captain Myles Jack getting ejected from the game for throwing a punch at a Chiefs player.
“First and foremost, I have to apologize to my team and the city of Jacksonville because that is not how we conduct ourselves in any way,” Jack said to the media after the game. “In the heat of the moment I just felt like when Sammy Watkins ran a route that was not a route and came and hit me underneath my chin, I put my hands up and he stood over me and said something to me so I pushed him and next thing I know, someone pushed me from behind. I did not see any flags thrown so at that point I felt like I needed to defend myself from the altercation that was going on after the play. At the end of the day, I apologize for that and it will not happen again.”
On my power rankings of “Jaguars player most likely to be ejected from a game”, Jack probably wouldn’t even rank in the Top 20, but here we are. You could tell the Jaguars defense was frustrated from the start with how the Chiefs game planned to attack them. Andy Reid dialed it up to neuter the Jaguars pass rush and then attack the middle of the field, going after the linebackers and safeties and it worked.
The game didn’t go much better once Jack was removed and sent to the showers early.
“That’s the worst part. It’s one thing to have pride and stand up for yourself but the toughest thing for me was to hold tears back while watching the game on TV and not being able to go out there and play,” Jack said when asked about watching the rest of the game in the locker room. “This is something I’m going to for sure learn from and at the end of the day I’d much rather have a receiver out there pushing me around instead of getting into it with another player and getting kicked out the game. I apologize to the city, coaching staff and my teammates because this will never happen again.”
The Jaguars have had players ejected before in the last few seasons, so hopefully for Jack it’s a learning moment and not something that will happen more and more.