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Quick calls: Week 6

We will update this post with some of the calls we see in today’s games. Did you see something or have a question on a rules interpretation? Use the comment section of this post or tweet us @footballzebras.

The big news today is that Bill Vinovich returns to the field as referee for the first time since 2006. You can see the remaining assignments here.

Football Zebras staff
Tue Mar 28 • 2:00 am EDT

Playing rules

  1. Protect the long snapper from contact for 1 second (PHI) — WITHDRAWN
  2. Abolish line leaping on field-goal and extra-point kicks (PHI) — PASSED with language changes TBA
  3. Expand crown-hit rule for indirect forcible contact (PHI) — WITHDRAWN
  4. Challenge any call (with exceptions); 3rd challenge if 1 successful (PHI) — WITHDRAWN
  5. 3rd challenge if 1 successful, unlimited for subsequent successful (WAS) — 
  6. Kickoffs through uprights would be touchback to 20, otherwise 25 (WAS) — FAILED, 11-21
  7. Challenge any call at any time of game, except turnover/score (BUF-SEA) — 
  8. Make 2016 automatic disqualification rule for 2 UNS fouls permanent (CC) — PASSED
  9. Kickoff touchback to the 25, extend to 2017 only (CC) — PASSED
  10. Regular-season overtime to 10 minutes (CC) — TABLED, reportedly 12 votes against
  11. Receiver running a route has defenseless player protections (CC) — PASSED
  12. Extend illegal crackback to player who was in motion (CC) — PASSED
  13. Centralized replay & referee participate via tablet (CC) — PASSED, unanimously
  14. Reset on multiple fouls to drain the clock (CC) — PASSED
  15. Revised 10-second runoffs to apply at 2:00 warning (CC) — PASSED

Bylaws proposals

  1. Eliminate the first roster cut to 75 active players (WAS) — 
  2. Concussion Exempt designation w/ practice squad call-up (WAS) — 
  3. Opt out of “garish” Color Rush uniforms (WAS) — 
  4. Expand hosting rules for draft-eligible workouts (CC) — PASSED
  5. Injured reserve return rules apply to NFI and PUP reserve players (CC) — PASSED
  6. Preseason personnel notices issued on Sundays (CC) — PASSED

Policy proposals

  1. Allow alternate helmet color (new equipment) (PHI) — WITHDRAWN
  2. Head coach candidates can negotiate contracts while active in postseason (CC) — TABLED for consideration at May meeting
  3. Non-football employees can work for another team midseason (CC) — PASSED

Miscellaneous

  1. Relocation of Raiders to Las Vegas, as early as 2019 season (OAK) — PASSED, 31-1 (no: MIA)
  2. Point of emphasis that “egregious” hits to head are an automatic disqualification (CC) — PASSED

14 comments for “Quick calls: Week 6

  1. Don Nored
    October 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Cowboys Vs Ravens….4th quarter, 24-20 Ravens. Cowboys ball 3rd and goal on the 8 yd line. Pass play….nobody open …Romo sacked and Cowboys kick a field goal. Fox replayed the play to show why Romo had to take the sack. The replay showed Dez Bryant going into the end zone where he was pushed out of bounds by the defender. The Ref was standing right there and thru his hat approx 1 yd line deep in the end zone to indicate where Bryant went out. When describing the play the commentator even stated Bryant was pushed out of bounds. My question: why was that not called “illegal contact” since Bryant was at least 9 yards down field from the line of scrimmage. Could have made a huge difference since Dallas would have had 1st and goal at the 3 or 4 yd line. Not making excuses for the Cowboys….they caused their own down-fall by repeatedly making crucial mistakes.

  2. Mark Schultz
    Mark Schultz
    October 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Was Romo in the pocket? Once the QB is flushed out of the pocket the illegal contact rule is off.

  3. Don Nored
    October 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    He was in the pocket sacked almost directly behind the center approx 5-7 yards deep.

  4. Ben Austro
    October 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I’m sure this game will be replayed this week on NFL Rewind. Hopefully, they leave that part intact. I would like to watch for an evenhanded amount of hand wrangling between both players. Except for very odd occurrences, DPI and OPI are never called as offsetting fouls, so if both are pushing, there is no call.

  5. Mark
    October 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Did the refs blow 2 turnover calls in Miami today? Boh te plays seem to confirm fumbles but the refs overturned them anyway.

  6. Ben Austro
    October 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Didn’t see those calls. But, since the replay official has exclusive domain on challenges, there must have been something.

  7. Joe
    October 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Anyone catch the phantom holding call in the Dolphins-Rams game? It was a weird scenario… It was in the middle of the multiple hands-to-the-face penalties. Steratore was announcing the penalty when Jake Long appeared to walk up to argue him point. Steratore interupted himself mid-announcement to say “Stay back!”

    On the next play, he flagged Long for Holding, although there was none – even the announcers didn’t know what he was talking about. Could it have been a vendetta/revenge call?

  8. Tom
    October 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Seahawks v Patriots: the Intentional Grounding call that ended the first half was incorrect,
    I believe. The Pats QB threw the ball away to save the last few seconds, not to avoid a loss, thus no Intentional Grounding should have been called. What he did was no different than a spike play – thoughts?

  9. Ben Austro
    October 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I didn’t see the intentional grounding, but in order to be equivalent to a legal “spike” to stop the clock, the pass must come immediately after the snap. This happened to the Bears last season, where QB Caleb Hanie delayed when received the snap, and then threw the ball to the turf to stop the clock. Not only was there a penalty, but a 10-second runoff.

    Our coverage of that call: http://www.footballzebras.com/2011/11/27/2223/

    From the comments here, it seems as though I should’ve been watching Rams-Dolphins, but who would have thought that?

  10. Ben Austro
    October 16, 2012 at 1:34 am

    OK, I saw the video on the grounding call, and it is absolutely correct. There is now an entry in the post with a video clip

  11. Tom
    October 16, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Pats v Hawks: Watch the video – the reason there is no receiver in that area is that Deion Branch, who is making the in cut to the middle of the field, is blatantly held by LB KJ Wright,
    you can clearly see the “arm bar” across Branch’s chest as he cuts inside and thus never gets into the area.

  12. Tom
    October 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm
  13. Ben
    Ben
    October 17, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I don’t see any hold there. It looked like both players ran into each other, and there could have been a moment of restriction by the Seahawks defender. However, the ball was being thrown 3 yards beyond the end line, and this contact was at the 1-yard line, some 14 yards away. So any holding would have no material affect on the play.

    From the looks of it (using the grainy NFL.com video) the Seahawks linebacker seemed to step into the receiver’s route and grabbed him in the collision. Routes get interrupted like this all the time, and while still frames look like damning evidence, the video must take in the action prior to and immediately after the image.

  14. silver account
    October 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    The quarterback spiking the ball does not result in intentional grounding if once he receives the ball from center, he take one step back and spikes the ball. If the quarterback spikes the ball after attempting to run or drop back to pass, the result of the play is intentional grounding. This results in a 15-yard penalty on the offense and a loss of down. In addition, there will be a 10-second runoff of the game clock if the penalty occurs inside of one minute remaining in the game.