Re: Rodney Harrison's Brady comment tonite
posted at 10/5/2009 12:58 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Rodney Harrison's Brady comment tonite
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Rodney Harrison's Brady comment tonite : This is not about the game at all. Whether you believe Rodney was kidding, were his words true yes or no? As Dungy said it is not a penalty unless you forecefully hit the quarterback. Which one of the two penalties called on Ngata or Suggs was forcefull? And if you want to go into details about zebra play calling: the botched trick play attempt, the receiver did not make the first down, which if the Ravens decline the penalty they get the ball back, drive down the field and have a chance to kick the field goal to tie the game.
Posted by PurpleKoolaid[/QUOTE]
The refereee called three "roughing the passer/unnecesarry roughness" penalties that involved the quarterbacks. I also specifically recall Wright #99 for the Patriots getting AWAY with a blow to the head of Flacco. The first Raven's penalty was for a blow to Brady's head. This is clear and easy to call. Frankly, the officials missed the same call against Wright, but that does not make Baltimore's first penalty disappear. Hit the quarterback's helmet and you get probably will get flagged. Also, the Patriots threw Flacco to the ground and got penalized.
I cannot speak for the referees, nor do I need to. They called what they thought happened. While the second "forceful" interpretation is debatable, the first one is not. Pass russer hit Brady's facemask, his helmet snapped back. Penatly. Plain and simple.
The fact is BOTH teams were quite aggressive coming after each other's quarterbacks. There were three flags thrown for it, two against Baltimore and one against New England. Another one or two could have been thrown against each team.
As for the rest of your referee interpretations, I did not post about that and I really do not care to conduct a post-mortem on them. What official made the Ravens fumble the opening kickoff or drop the last pass of the game. What official made the Patriots come up with only 3 points on the opening drive or knocked Matt Light to the ground on the strip-sack. It is football with lots of plays and opportunities. If you feel the need to whine about it, enjoy. YOUR TEAM IS LEADING ITS DIVISION! It played a good road game, despite being down 10 points in the third quarter. Your team had a chance to WIN THE GAME. This is all real fans care about, not whether this play or that play was called wrong. Want to avoid all the close games? Get a big lead and hold onto it all game long. Otherwise, enjoy the ebb and flow of football.
The point I was making is simply Rodney Harrison TEXTED Tom Brady about his "skirt" comment in advance. Brady understands the frustration of the Ravens, even though he came back from major knee surgery from a hit that was not even penalized. The rest is pure football