Originally written December 30, 2012 on Diehardsport:
This was an utterly bizarre series of events.  Packers WR James Jones stretched out to score, and when he went to the turf, the ball came out.  The referees ruled it to be a fumble that was recovered by the Vikings.This play that was a turnover would automatically be reviewed by the officials, but Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy threw his challenge flag anyways; proving Jim Schwartz isn’t the only coach that doesn’t know the rules.  This challenge flag was then picked up by Jordy Nelson, and he tried to hide it, because he remembered what had happened on Thanksgiving, unlike McCarthy.  The officials ruled that they had already been “buzzed” to review the play before the flag was thrown.  Because of this, they said that the Packers would only receive a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty and the play would still be reviewed.To me this was not only confusing, but showed a complete lack of integrity with the rules.  Now, the Vikings ended up winning, so it wasn’t a big deal.  But, why wasn’t this the ruling for the Lions on Thanksgiving?  Or was this a new nuance of the rule that they added to keep the NFL from looking stupid again on National Television?  Why wasn’t this nuance of the rule discussed before?It’s pretty ridiculous that this is even a rule that we have to discuss again, but here we are.  Terrible job by the NFL with the rules and by McCarthy for throwing the challenge flag; major props for Nelson for picking up the flag and trying to hide it.  I can’t wait until this offseason so the NFL can finally dump this rule altogether.GIF via: @cjzero
1 Comment:
  • now that's a gut who has his coaches back. Unlike Rodgers who went ape **** seconds later with his sideline tirade.
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