Originally posted by SofaKing:
I understand the point linkboy is making, but batting the ball forward like that should be called differently then say, a holding penalty. Because holding does not illegally advance the ball. Batting it 20 yards downfield does.
The result of the play was just plain unfair competition. We were effectively punished 20 yards for their infraction. Makes no logical sense. Change the rule.
OK, lets say the ball is called dead on an illegal batting of the ball.
If that happens, and I'm a coach, I'm instructing my players to always bat a fumble forward since it would prevent the opposing team from picking up a fumble and running it back for a TD, and we get to keep possession of the ball if it isn't 4th down (which is actually what happened on that play, Seattle turned the ball over on downs instead of punting it).
We all would be freaking pissed if the 49ers picked the ball up after the ball was batted forward and ran it back for a TD, only for the ball to be called dead where it was batted.
[ Edited by linkboy on Dec 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM ]