Re: Curran Is Reporting the NFL Edited Rule Today
posted at 10/20/2013 10:11 PM EDT
You seem to be taking both sides here with what you're typing. I don't even understand what you're saying. The "second level" element is specified by this Baldino character and was what was shown as evidence per Greg Bedard. No LOS player was shown as an example like what Jones supposedly did wrong today.
What matters is that if you CHANGE A rule, everyone needs to know what the change is and what is or isn't allowed. Very clearly,
Barring your premise being "Chris Jones did that on his own for the first time in his NFL career today", it's next to impossible for every single ref for 10 weeks of NFL action for our team, including preseason, to never see any of our DTs flagged for this.
None of the teams have been reported to have received a memo of any in-season rule change notice so that this could be known either.
Did you hear Boger announce the penalty? He called it Unsportsmanlike and pushing into the pile", almost like he had no idea what on earth his fellow ref was calling.
A stunt on a FG is "pushing into the pile"? That penalty is when the play is dead and someone pushes some into the pile.
I'm sure every NFL team gets a copy of the official rule book. The NFL officials are not expected to read it to them. They should have let them know the rule was different in the official rule book than was taught but the teams are ultimately responsible for reading the official rule book. It doesn't really matter what the VP of officiating said, it just means he was wrong.
So my "side" is that it's a crappy rule, they did a crap job of informing people (actually teaching the wrong rule), and its a bizarre time to decide to call it for the first time ever, but there is not a conspiracy. Like Z says, it makes the NFL look like they need to get their crap together.