So, I just watched highlights of the Saints @ Falcons game last night on Thursday Night Football. One play was really interesting to me:
So, overall, I think it was a questionable call, but I won't complain. It was a fair call. Turner was getting a few more yards, but was eventually stopped. He was being pushed parrallel, if not backwards, for a good 2 seconds. The refs never blew a whistle. Turner also had 4-6 defenders on him before being brought down.
Now, why is this not a fumble?
I'm sorry to have you guys watch this again. I'm sure most of you know what it is, so you don't have to watch it if you don't want. I'll understand. But anyway, the recap on this play is as follows:
1. Bradshaw catches the ball at the 14 yard line.
2. Bradshaw's forward progress is stopped by Goldson at the 21 yard line.
3. Bowman strips the ball from Bradshaw at the 19.5 half yard line as Bradshaw is in the process of being tackled.
4. The whole process from Goldson stopping Bradshaw's progress to Bradshaw fumbling is 1 second.
Now, wtf. I know the "forward progress being stopped" rule is subjective to the refs, but these two plays alone show how differently the refs are calling it. And not to mention this was the NFCCG with the game on the line. Yes, I'm still a little bitter, but what Niner fan isn't? This is a rule that I'd like to be more concrete, a player's forward progress cannot be stopped until after the player has been stopped for 2 seconds or more. This goes for both ways, I've seen running backs break tackles after being stood up by 2-3 defenders, and many teams I've seen fumbles be taken away after the player gets stood up, and fumbles a half a second later.
Any other opinions on this? I forget the game, but I know another game this year we caused a fumble due to stone walling a player. The fumble got overturned and the other team maintained possession. This rule is way too subjective in my opinion. It honestly pisses me off.