Cardinals coach: Lure chop block ‘the dirtiest play I’ve ever seen’

Week 5: Cardinals at Broncos Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was flagged for a 15-yard illegal chop block on Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell. Campbell suffered a strained MCL and will be out three to four weeks. His coach, Bruce Arians, called it "the dirtiest play I've seen in the National

Unconventional look for unconferenced 2014 Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl will undergo radical changes this season in an attempt to add variety to a typically dull game. The league, based on their promotional spots for the game, would like us to highlight the fact that this game is "unconferenced." The NFL Network carried a live draft of the

Sometimes a safety is just a safety

AFC Divisional Playoff: Colts at Patriots When the snap sails over the punter’s head and out the back of the end zone, all of us have the same first reaction:  safety.  However this season we saw many instances of bizarre rulings, rare rule applications, and rule misapplications, so now more than

2 reasons why Le’Veon Bell helmet-less TD can never be TD

Player safety must trump exceptions to the rule During the Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving night football game, the Steelers' Le'Veon Bell was lunging toward the goal line when he was hit with a devastating blow from the Ravens, knocking his helmet off.  Bell maintained consciousnesses long enough to fall across the goal line with

Training tape: defenseless receiver, taunting, clock on out-of-bounds fumble

Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, released this week's media tape regarding rules calls mostly from Week 4 (150 MB download). This week's topics: When defenseless protections end. The play in question was a legal hit on Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, correctly called (SJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum, BJ 93 Scott

No rule to help home team on fan’s whistle

49ers at Seahawks (video/audio) Early in the game, the Seahawks fell victim to a fan who blew a whistle in the crowd -- their own home crowd. Some of the Seahawks linemen looked genuinely confused, as they believed it was an official's whistle. The center snapped the ball anyway, and the