Because the coach was done with the Jets’ BS defensive play, calling unnecessary timeouts in a game they had already lost - evidenced by the 37-28 scoreboard with a minute left - and even getting one more roughing-the-passer call with eight seconds left in the game.
Right to the F***ing locker pic.twitter.com/Ecwk0yXZHI— ThatsGoodSports (@BrandonPerna) October 2, 2020
After the game, Fangio explained his motive.
“There was just a couple of personal fouls there at the end and our sideline was getting pissed off about it, and I just wanted to avoid having any confrontation at the end of the game and having it get ugly there,” the head coach said after the game. “So, I tried to get our guys to leave quickly just to avoid anything happening there. I thought it was the prudent thing to do.”
If you didn’t know better, you just might think Jets’ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams - oh he of Bountygate fame - was telling his players to pound Brett Rypien into the dirt just to be mean.
Steve Smith, former Panthers wide receiver, certainly thought so.
Imagine watching the end of that game and having a different opinion than what Steve Smith just said. 100% correct. https://t.co/nacgTg2djH— Ryan Edwards (@redwardsradio) October 2, 2020
The Jets committed four of their six personal fouls in the first half but committed 11 total penalties for 118 yards.
Williams’ unit now has six roughing-the-passer flags through four games. Only two other NFL teams have been called multiple times for roughing the passer — Chicago (three) and Atlanta (two) — according to ESPN stats.
Two of the personal foul calls on Thursday night led to points for the Broncos offense. The first 15-yard penalty on linebacker Tarrell Basham at the Broncos’ 42-yard line led to a Brandon McManus field goal, thinning the Jets’ lead to 7-3. The second one - called on Quinnen Williams - gave the Broncos enough life for a 48-yard touchdown from rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.
For his part, Rypien made nothing of the penalties after the game and took it all in stride.
“They definitely took a couple of late shots and had that facemask call on the last penalty, so that was to our benefit,” he said, adding that it was a good introduction into “what the NFL is like” every week. “It’s a battle to get wins out here. We had to fight for everything we got. It didn’t go right at times and a lot of things went wrong. I turned the ball over and thankfully we were able to come out with a win.”