Found November 19, 2012 on
Waiting For Next Year:
There will be a lot of talk about the hit that T.J. Ward hit on Cowboys receiver Kevin Ogletree. You may not like the rules, but the latest NFL rules give referees latitude to call unnecessary roughness in their judgement at basically any time at all. So all the talk about whether T.J. Ward hit Ogletree in the chest or not is moot, unfortunately. Don’t mistake my explanation as justification for the rule. I don’t particularly like the rules, but it is important to understand them.
From the official NFL rulebook, emphasis mine.
Penalty: For unnecessary roughness: Loss of 15 yards. The player may be disqualified if the action is judged by the official(s) to be flagrant.
Note: If in doubt about a roughness call or potentially dangerous tactics, the covering official(s) should always call unnecessary roughness.
And from the section on defenseless players, which Ogletree clearly was…
(2) A receiver attempting to catch a pass; or who has completed a catch and has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a runner. If the receiver/runner is capable of avoiding or warding off the impending contact of an opponent, he is no longer a defenseless player;
And a bit more on defenseless players…
(b) Prohibited contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture is:
(1) Forcibly hitting the defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder, regardless of whether the defensive player also uses his arms to tackle the defenseless player by encircling or grasping him; and
(2) Lowering the head and making forcible contact with the top/crown or forehead/”hairline” parts of the helmet against any part of the defenseless player’s body.
This last part is particularly popular to quote when trying to defend hits, but this clearly isn’t defensible contact in the new NFL. While T.J. Ward’s hit wasn’t the textbook definition of prohibited contact on a defenseless player in the last bit, it is superceded by the first part that gives referees to levy penalties basically whenever a play passes the eye test for unnecessary roughness.
Even the most defensive of Browns fans must admit that the play looked really violent and bad. The only choice for big hitting defensive backs like Ward is to save those jarring hits for players who have already caught the ball and are making football moves. When he is arriving so close to the time where the ball is arriving he needs to only make plays on the ball, it would seem. This is the new NFL and I know it takes some getting used to, but it won’t ever go back.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Talk about pressure, Jason Garrett is coaching in the same stadium with the guy who may want his job, Mike Holmgren. Holmgren can pretty much call his own shots on where he wants to coach, so having a guy like that looking over your shoulder creates a very cold shadow. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Holmgren only has one preference, and that is the Dallas Cowboys.
He has denied...
The Cleveland Browns travel to Dallas today at 1pm for matchup with it's share of on and off field stories.
Fresh off of being mentioned as a possible Dallas head coach candidate next season, Mike Holmgen travels with the team hoping to see his squad quiet the crowd and finally get themselves a road win. Holmgren said that there's absolutely nothing to the rumor.
ARLINGTON, Texas Cowboys starting left tackle Tyron Smith exited with a left high ankle sprain late in the first quarter Sunday and did not return.
Smith went into the locker room following the injury and returned to the sideline with his left ankle heavily taped. He worked on some moves with reserve center Kevin Kowalski but never went back into the game.
Cowboys owner and general...
As the Cowboys navigate past the 10 game barrier in their season and in to the stretch drive, we now have enough data to begin to learn about this team based on what they do well and more importantly, it seems, what they don't do well at all.
We know that this team has the fewest 10 play drives in the NFL. Of the Cowboys 112 drives, only 11 have lasted 10 plays. That is lower...
WESTLAKE, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns office of vice president Bryan Wiedmeier is never cluttered. A binder always sits within arms reach on his gleaming desk.
That binder is Wiedmeiers work, studied and distilled to its essence. Anyone who works with or for him asks a question and hell go to a tab and find the answer. Little fazes him, and when something at all controversial is...
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer Dez Bryant may finally be ready to stop being a riddle.
The Cowboys receiver has been great one game and hard to find the next. He created a scene at a mall one year, then trouble with the law the next.
But now he has multiple 100-yard receiving games for the first time, including a career-best...
As the editor-in-chief of a popular sports comedy blog, I get two kinds of e-mails: the ones from people who have no idea who I am, but want a link anyway (sample: “HI JOSH, Spring is around the corner, here are the 50 greatest boobtacular moments in sports”), and the ones from porn tubes who just learned something about sports and think I should know about it.In the interest...
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (foot) didn't practice Monday and is not expected to play versus Washington Thursday on Thanksgiving. SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-TelegramFantasy Spin:Murray hasn't played since Oct. 14 because of an injured foot and remains week-to-week. Felix Jones was limited with a knee ailment but should be ready for Thursday.
Several Dallas Cowboys players, including running back
DeMarco Murray (foot), offensive linemen Tyron Smith (ankle) and Phil Costa
(ankle), defensive lineman Jay Ratliff (groin) and wide receiver Kevin Ogletree
(concussion), didn’t participate in yesterday’s workout, reports Jimmy Burch of
Cowboys running back DeMarco
Murray (foot) and left tackle Tyron...
Browns penalties must be hysterical to Ed Hochuli’s crew
I have a tough time explaining why my frustration levels fluctuate so much throughout a Browns season. Some weeks as the Browns lose, it barely registers on the imaginary frustrate-o-meter in my house. I kind of shrug my shoulders, write about the Browns game on Sunday and just move along with my week. Then other weeks I’m...
We’re not sure who your hometown team is, but for us, it’s the Cleveland Browns.
Now before you laugh at us and appropriately call us the biggest loser you’ve ever met, we want to remind you that nothing you say can upset us as much as these f*cking guys.
And since we live outside of Ohio these days, it’s nearly impossible for us to catch a game of theirs, but when we do...
If the Steelers want to extend their recent dominance over the Browns, they will have to do so with third string QB Charlie Batch-
“NFL.com’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that Charlie Batch will start at quarterback Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, according to a source with direct knowledge of the Steelers’ plans. Kinkhabwala confirmed ESPN’s Chris Mortensen’s report...
NFL Week 12 previews and predictions for every game on the schedule:
Redskins (4-6) at Cowboys (5-5)
DeMarco Murray (foot) and Tyron Smith (...
Veteran NFL referee Ed "Big Guns" Hochuli appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated this past month, likely becoming the first NFL official to grace the 'cursed' cover.Nobody in the history of humanity has ever uttered the "L" word regarding sports officials. Over the years, NFL officials have slowly but surely been gaining more recognition and fame...