I’m gonna lay off the Dolphins today and instead concentrate on what I feel is one of the worst blown calls in memory.
The safety that wasn’t called continues to baffle me. I studied the play a hundred times and consulted the rule books and every possiible scenario. I cannot grasp a way in which the Dolphins don’t end up with two points there.
Making matters worse is the fact that it wasn’t a single human forced to make a real-time decision. Instead, it’s a group of “experts” in NY who take their time to review things carefully. Or so we thought.
The end result is this: The referees said that the play was over the moment Ryan Fitzpatrick made contact with his own man. I have to emphasize that again, because it’s the crux of this blown call. They claim the play was over the moment the QB touched his own player.
Now let’s look at a dozens of other plays in which a player touches his own player.
Look at a standard QB sneak. (I know Adam Gase sure as hell doesn’t know what that play is, but fans do). The QB takes the ball from center, and immediately rams into his own linemen. According the the Tampa refs: Play is Over.
The concept of “second effort” and not giving up on the play is irrelevant, because once you’re stopped, the play is instantaneously over. That’s what was ruled yesterday.
What about someone who is running in the wide open field and stops all by himself? His forward progress has stopped. Play is Over.
What about a running back who gets stopped in a pile, but then bounces it outside for an electirc run and then… I have to stop you there. Bouncing a run outside is illegal now, because once you are touched, you’re down.
Doesn’t matter if your own team touches you or the opponent touches you or the water boy or the hot dog vendor. First contact = Down by contact. Just like in 4th grade.
Except in 4th grade, we played 2-hand touch. In the Bucs’ game, Fitzpatrick was only touched by his own player’s butt.
Spekaing of butts. Under yesterday’s rules, the butt fumble of Mark Sanchez never occurred, because once he ran into his own man, the play was instantly over.
We’ve all watched and played football our entire lives, and never, EVER once have we seen a play where they called the carrier down and called the play over just because he bumped into someone. Never.
Suppose Fitzpatrick got loose from the sack and threw a 99-yard TD pass. The refs would have to call it back because he was initially down when he bumped into his own man, right? THAT is the insane logic that the NFL used yesterday.
As I’ve been saying, I doubt the league will look into this further. It was a game between 2 last-place teams that aired in handful of southeastern television markets. It’s not national news because nothing about that game was prominent. But still, Adam Gase must demand an explanation and an analysis from the NFL. And once that is done, the useless apology will be next.