Re: Tennessee Game - DMC - pass interference?
posted at 9/16/2012 10:22 AM EDT
Hmm, interesting. I think good non-call.
(a) Incidental contact by a defender’s hands, arms, or body when both players are competing for the ball, or neither player is looking for the ball. If there is any question whether contact is incidental, the ruling shall be no interference. (One was not looking, neither was competing)
(d) Laying a hand on a receiver that does not restrict the receiver in an attempt to make a play on the ball. (he wasn't restricted)
(e) Contact by a defender who has gained position on a receiver in an attempt to catch the ball. (McCourty ended up gaining position)
I think, even though he wasn't looking, he WAS making a play on the ball, and not making a play on the body of the receiver. No where does it say a defender must be looking at the ball to make a play on it. It's certainly open to interpretation. To me:
He cut in front of the receiver, gaining position. He didn't play through the receiver's body. Contact was minimal and did not effect the WR making a play on the ball...McCourty's position took that away. Hence: No PI. Had the receiver come back to the ball, or reached back for it and McCourty went through his shoulder or arms, definite PI...but, as most WRs in the NFL nowadays, he did not extend his arms to make a catch, nor did he attemtpt to come back towards it.
Good football play to me, plain and simple. That should NEVER be PI, only the past 7-10 years has it been when too much focus has been put on making teams score as many points as possible, as quickly as possible (how else can the owners have their cake and eat it too? They want high scoring games, but also instituted the running clock, removing plays from the game, so they didn't lose add revenue, or have 1:00 games bleed into 4:00).
I've been conditioned to expect a flag on that play. The regular refs ABSOLUTELY would have flagged it. It was a breath of fresh air to NOT see a flag on that. LET THEM PLAY! Time for the D to be able to do something other than be forced to let the WR catch the ball, then politely ask them to lay down so they can touch them down.