Started by TecnoGenius, June 25, 2022, 11:05:33 PM
Quote from: 2022 Rule BookArticle 4 - Illegal BlockIt shall be illegal for a player of either team to block an opponent below the waist except when the block occurs in an area between the tight ends or tight end position, within 2 yards of the defensive side of the line of scrimmage extending back to the initial position of the quarterback or kicker. A player initiating a block below the waist in this area must be positioned in this zone at the snap of the ball for the block to be legal.PENALTY: L10NOTE: If such an illegal low block also meets the criteria for an Unnecessary Roughness penalty such as but not limited to Clipping, Blocking Below the Waist, Crackback Blocking, Chop Blocking, Cut Blocking or Peel Back Blocking the player shall be penalized only for the Unnecessary Roughness penalty.
Quote from: TecnoGenius on June 25, 2022, 11:05:33 PM3Q8:13 some HAM D upends Gray with a low block to his knees. Gray is beyond the LoS. Play is a screen behind LoS.Ref calls "illegal low block". Suits says "cut block". Penalty is 10 yards.Looking at the rules, I'm not sure what the foul was, or if it even was a foul.(2019 rule book)Section 2, Article 9 "cut block" doesn't apply because it wasn't "in a backfield position", wasn't on a "kick return play" and Gray almost certainly wasn't a "potential pass receiver on the LoS".Article 12 Blocking Below the Waist doesn't apply because that is only for kicks.Not Article 8 Chop Blocking because Gray wasn't "engaged".Maybe Article 6 Clipping? The hit was slightly "in the back plane", but only by 10 or 20 degrees. But (c) should apply which makes this a non-foul. "Shall not be called if... (c) The opponent could see the blocker approaching and deliberately turned the body in order to be contacted from behind". Gray swivelled his hips to avoid the hit when he saw it coming.I think they got it wrong. I think it's a non-foul?I'd hate to be a ref trying to decipher and apply Article 6 Clipping on the fly. Talk about a quagmire. I think they got 6 right except forgot about (c).We got lucky as that kept the drive alive. Shame on Orlando on not knowing the rulebook well enough to moan to the refs.