Originally posted by WINiner:
Originally posted by Gavintech:
Originally posted by jimrat:
These no calls cost us the Super Bowl last year............
Do you people that like to use the phrase "let guys play" like when they let guys play like this?
I know someone that didn't...
That is NOT a hold by rule. On a return the only way it's a hold is if the player being blocked goes to the ground. That's why they kept lifting him up off the ground on that play, as you can see in the provided picture, to ensure he didn't go to the ground.
A.) I dare you to find that in the rule book. I remember when Pereira did his job of trying to justify the call LIKE HE ALWAYS does but never mentioned the text of the rule or where it could be found, nor did he ever answer anyone's inquiry about it.
Jim Daopoulos (former NFL Supervisor of Officials) did however respond to fans asking about that play and said he would have called it holding has he been working that game and saw what we see in these pictures, regardless of what Pereira said. He did say holding is not supposed to be called just for a double team block in close line play. But a double team block in the open field is the furthest thing from "close line play" and that rule only says that the double team block is not automatically holding, it doesn't say that if one or both of the players are grabbing jersey it is not holding.
Here is his explanation (pieces together from Tweets)...
OK, let's talk about this play and thank you for the pic of the actual hold. The rule book states that holding will not be called if it is part of a double team block (in close line play). Mechanically the officiating dept. has expanded that to include kick plays. Now I would like to say that this action should have been called on Sunday, but the officials are looking for the defensive player to be taken to the ground and if he is not taken down they normally will not throw a flag. This action appears egregious and with the effect it had on the play and should have been called. I realize I have gone back and forth on this but to watch this on the field in real time, as the official does, it looks like a double team without a takedown and not a foul.... I think as an official I would have called holding for that action on the kick-off. It was so egregious that I was somewhat.. surprised that no one picked it up. As I mentioned earlier, there would be many explanations why it was not called, be the NFL, however, if it were called...no one would have questioned the officials decision. Kind of a roundabout answer but its holding!
B.) If you think Ravens, or any other team's players for that matter, would even know of this rule you speak of (if it existed) they would attempt to do this on each and every kickoff of every game, ALWAYS. There is zero chance they were holding him up off the ground to avoid a penalty.