Originally posted by BrianGO:
They didn't call him for "helmet-to-helmet", they called him for the new rule, "hitting a defenseless receiver".
Basically, the rule is, "You can't hit a receiver hard, immediately after he catches the ball." You can hit him softly and then tackle him, but you can't hit him hard. Believe it or not, that is essentially the rule; or at least, that is how they call it in a game.
That is what I have been saying about Goldson, his hard hitting ability is overrated because, well, you aren't allowed to hit hard immediately after a catch. Goldson should know this rule by now. If he doesn't, then be prepared to see a lot more penalties like this in the future.
Seems like he gets at least one of these every week. And truthfully, I can more than live with it. Not only because I don't want him to sacrifice his style, but because those hits by he and Whitner in the 2nd quarter clearly shook up those Pats receivers. It wasn't until Fangio went to the Cover 3 and 4 that the Pats began to comeback.
On another note...while I was super pissed at Kaep not getting the snap exchange corrected...that is something that is fixable in practice and on the side with he and Goody...
But I think Roman's playcalling has officially blown a gasket for me. I was flabbergasted at the run call on 3rd down with 8 seconds left in the first half. Previously confused at the run call that led to the Akers miss. The call for the swing pass out of the backfield that James pulled up on doesn't work if you don't have an inside receiver clearing the space and making the defense rethink coverage on the back. It was endless facepalming at times wondering WTF Roman was thinking up there.
As everyone always says...he's the coach so I should trust him...