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Fred: We probably spurred coach to challenge

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2013 – 9:00 am

Bills RB Fred Jackson and his offensive linemen were convinced that he broke the plane of the goal line on his second down and goal carry from the two-yard line. So convinced that they spurred head coach Doug Marrone to challenge the play.

Jackson admitted as much in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning. He also revealed a conversation he had with the head official Terry McAulay after his review of the play under the hood.

“Yeah I think it had a lot to do with a lot of us,” said Jackson of Marrone challenging the play. “The offensive line knew that I was in. I knew I was in. The ref even came up to me after the challenge and said, ‘You probably were in. We just couldn’t see it on the TV copy. For you guys to be as ecstatic as you were I wouldn’t doubt that you were in. We just couldn’t see it.’
That probably had a lot to do with me because I knew I was in, but they just didn’t have enough evidence to make the call.”

The call on the field that Jackson was short of the goal line stood, with Jackson and the Bills needing third and goal to punch the ball into the end zone.

Marrone has said he plans to change his process of challenging plays moving forward.

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