Monday, November 09, 2009

great stiff arm?

The rules on touching the opponent's face mask are quite clear, and this off-season they went so far as to clarify it as follows:
The N.F.L. has decided that stiff arms are going too far.

Charean Williams of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the league will emphasize to officials this season that stiff arms to the face should result in a 15-yard penalty. N.F.L. rules already say that "hands cannot be thrust forward above the frame to contact an opponent on the neck, face or head," so the instruction to officials to call such penalties is not a rules change, just a point of emphasis. The league's Competition Committee believes that the rule has not been adequately enforced in the past.

Said Titans coach Jeff Fisher, co-chairman of the Competition Committee, "We try to give the benefit of the doubt to the defense. When (offensive players) do stiff arm, they've got to be careful about going to the face."

In other words, the refs blew this call as well, and Dierdorf and Gumbell extolled it as being a "great play."
It was illegal, and should have resulted in a 15 yard penalty.
Cna you imagine if Vontae had done something similar to Moss?  Heck, he probably would have been ejected!
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