By Blaidd Drwg
If you have been hiding under a rock, the Patriots got flagged for a penalty on a FG in overtime, which ultimately lead to the Jets kicking the winning FG. The Jets tipped the refs off that the Pats were using a play which one player pushed another into the line, which in the 2013 NFL rule book, is a penalty. I see no problem with a team telling the officials to watch out for something that the other team is doing illegally. It happens all of the time in baseball with pitchers.
This link has video of 2 ESPN idiots analysts arguing that the penalty should not have been called.
I don’t give a crap about the spirit of the rule. The actual rule is this (Rule 913 from the NFL Rulebook):
(2) Team B players cannot push teammates on the line of scrimmage into the offensive formation.
Penalty: For unnecessary roughness: Loss of 15 yards.
Based on the rule, it is a penalty. I don’t care what Skip Bayless or anyone else thinks the rule means. This is pretty clear. It mentions nothing about 2nd level.
Just remember, the Patriots won a playoff game a few years ago because the refs called a play based on the letter of the rule rather than the spirit. Perhaps you remember the Tuck Rule in the game against the Raiders? This is only a big deal because it is the Pats and Jets, two teams that hate each other. If this was any other 2 random NFL teams, this story would have already been put to bed.
2 thoughts on “Pushing a Player into the Line”
It’s still a story because it’s the Patriots, and any team from the New York/New Jersey area. I think maybe that fans hate the Patriots more than the Jets hate the Patriots. It’s a good story guaranteed to draw eyeballs.
Speaking of which, where are all the Tim Tebow stories? Lots of QBs have been getting hurt or demoted, and not a whisper about TT. Not that I want to jinx it or anything…
That is how the famous George Brett Pine Tar incident happened they waited until it mattered and pointed out what he’d been doing illegally all along.