Touchception?

The NFL replacement officials had not gotten a call so wrong that it caused the effect of the game. It did tonight. September 24, 2012. Russell Wilson threw a touchdown to Golden Tate, but was it really a touchdown to give the Seattle Seahawks a 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers?

In the words of Aaron Rodgers, “It’s awful. Just look at the replay…It’s awful, that’s all I’m going to say about it.”

Let’s look at the evidence. Here is a sequence of photos:

What’s the call there, sir?

It appears Packers S M.D. Jennings caught the interception.

Clearly, the replacement officials have no clue what they are doing.

Rule 8 – Section 3 – Article 1 – Item 5: Simultaneous Catch. If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players retain it, the ball belongs to the passers. It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains control first and an opponent subsequently gains joint control. If the ball is muffed after simultaneous touching by two such players, all the players of the passing team become eligible to catch the loose ball.

According, the photo above, Green Bay Packers safety M.D. Jennings has possession of the football before Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate subsequently gained joint control, ruling out it isn’t a simultaneous catch.

Here’s the video of the play. Watch first the “push off,” by Golden Tate, and resulted in a no call. However, it should have been pass interference. Next, watch who gained control of the football first: Jennings or Tate?

Also, remember this may not have happened had offensive pass interference been called on Sidney Rice, instead of defensive pass interference on Sam Shields. Just food for thought.

No matter what, the NFL has to do something about the replacement officials. It is hurting the integrity of the game. The ball is in your court, Mr. Goodell.

Good night.

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Growing Pains, NFL Edition

The NFL is going to have five rookie starting rookie quarterbacks and could have 15 starters under the age of 25 if John Skelton starts for Arizona. That’s almost half of all starters in the NFL.

Welcome to the NFL, young guns!

There’s no doubt that these fifteen may endure some growing pains! Here are the 15 young guns that will get to start under center for the 2012 season:

Rookies: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis. Robert Griffin III, Washington. Russell Wilson, Seattle. Ryan Tannehill, Miami. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland.

 

 

2nd year and beyond: Cam Newton, Carolina. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville. Christian Ponder, Minnesota. Jake Locker, Tennessee.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati. Sam Bradford, St. Louis. Matthew Stafford, Detroit. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets.

John Skelton, Arizona, if he starts.

Whose the best out of the bunch?

The four year pro, Matthew Stafford of Detroit. Stafford threw for 5,038 yards, 41 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, a 97.3 passer rating, completed 63.5% of his passes, and led his team to a playoff berth in 2011.

Next best?

Cam Newton of Carolina. Newton, the 2011 rookie of the year, set rookie passing records and has Carolina talking playoffs in 2012. In 2011, Newton threw for 4,051 yards and ran for 706 yards. He had 21 passing touchdowns, 17 interceptions, completed 60% of his passes and had an 84.5 passer rating. He also ran for 14 touchdowns.

Newton broke Peyton Manning’s rookie passing record of 3,379 yards.

Most surprising?

Russell Wilson of Seattle. Everyone thought it was Matt Flynn’s job and turns out Wilson just out shined the “vet.” Flynn had only played in two regular season games, and flourished, but Pete Carroll liked what he saw in the young Wilson. This preseason, Wilson has completed 67.3% of his passes for 464 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. He has also rushed for 150 yards, and a touchdown. Not to shabby.

It will be fun to watch the youth movement and if these guys can create quick success for their respective teams!