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NFL won't sack `tuck rule'
San Jose Mercury News ^
| 14 March 2002
Posted on 03/14/2002 9:21:46 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture
Edited on 04/13/2004 3:29:14 AM PDT by Jim Robinson.
The ``tuck rule'' that helped New England defeat the Raiders in the playoffs probably will be retained by the NFL.
Tampa Bay General Manager Rich McKay, chairman of the league's eight-member competition committee, said Wednesday that though the group has had extensive discussion on the rule, there is little agreement about changing it.
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KEYWORDS: masslist; newenglandpatriots; nfl; oaklandraiders; quarterback; sack; tuckrule
C'mon, do the right thing. It's a stupid rule no matter what team it effects.
They'll change it quietly next year or perhaps in a couple years, like they changed the contents of the referees' penalty flags. The NFL doesn't like to respond quickly (even when their negligence ends a player's career), because someone might think they realized they were wrong.
posted on 03/14/2002 9:52:08 AM PST
by E Rocc
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To: E Rocc
If they dont craft a pretty good addendum (my guess is it'll be a discretionary call! ) What you'll see is Quarterbacks taking a 5 step drop pumping the ball, then running around like it's free.
posted on 03/14/2002 11:07:35 AM PST
Well, their isn't really anything wrong with the rule, it was just applied wrongly. Brady was not passing the ball - the rule did not apply to the play. That's where the mistake was. I think most teams/players/coaches know this, but don't want to go one record as saying the refs really screwed up, or there were suspect reasons for changing the call.
posted on 03/14/2002 1:57:43 PM PST
To: E Rocc
You hit the nail on the head. It'll be gone in 2 years.
How about simply ruling that if the ball or passer's throwing hand/arm is touched by an opposing player before the ball leaves the passer's hands it's a fumble; if neither is touched by an opposing player untik after the ball leaves the passer's hands it's an incomplete pass?
posted on 03/14/2002 9:28:40 PM PST
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