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DocBar
01-05-2013, 08:29 PM
Two weeks in a row, the Texans have been hosed by the ref's on, to me at least, OBVIOUS sack/fumbles. Both times, the call was an incomplete pass. How does a defender knocking a QB's arm forward (when it was still going backwards before contact in the replays) because he hit him make it an incomplete pass?

The call in Indy was game changing. We would've had the ball in their territory in a very close game. The call today didn't hurt us, but what if Cincy had scored a TD on that drive?

Have these been terrible calls or do I not fully understand the rules? I had to watch todays game on a computer with no sound, so I didn't get the "official ruling".

gtexan02
01-05-2013, 08:30 PM
Inthought today's was the right call but I thought last weeks was atrocious.

JCTexan
01-05-2013, 08:32 PM
Inthought today's was the right call but I thought last weeks was atrocious.

I agree. This week's call looked to be the right one. Last week's call was just terrible.

NCTexan
01-05-2013, 08:35 PM
Playing off this, if they had ruled it a fumble what would of happened since it was blown dead?

DocBar
01-05-2013, 08:36 PM
I thought todays call was horrible. Dalton"s arm was clearly still going backwards when he was hit by Barwin.

NitroGSXR
01-05-2013, 08:38 PM
I thought todays call was horrible. Dalton"s arm was clearly still going backwards when he was hit by Barwin.

He still had control of the ball though. I thought Dalton saved one there with his hand strength.

DocBar
01-05-2013, 08:38 PM
He still had control of the ball though. I thought Dalton saved one there with his hand strength.He had control until Barwin hit his arm! That means fumble.

Big Lou
01-05-2013, 08:41 PM
A fumble is when any team other than the Texans knock the ball out of the quarterbacks hands.

keyser
01-05-2013, 08:41 PM
Two weeks in a row, the Texans have been hosed by the ref's on, to me at least, OBVIOUS sack/fumbles. Both times, the call was an incomplete pass. How does a defender knocking a QB's arm forward (when it was still going backwards before contact in the replays) because he hit him make it an incomplete pass?


Doc, I don't know the precise rule, but the general thing I understand is that if the arm is moving forward, for whatever reason, before the ball is let loose, then it is considered a pass. They seem to me to apply this rule even when something "should" be a fumble - i.e. giving a lot of benefit of the doubt to the QB. In today's game, the arm started moving forward before the ball came loose, so it was ruled a pass - I was not at all surprised about the ruling, even if it "should" have been a fumble. I don't remember the details of last week's one well enough, though.

I never saw a replay of the whole thing, but did the ball actually move forward in today's game? It wasn't a lateral was it? I kind of doubt it, but I was hoping for a full replay and they never showed it after the challenge, just lots of replays of the ball coming out initially. I actually thought NBC's broadcast today was subpar, with lots of missed chances for replays, odd angles, etc., which was very unexpected considering this was a playoff game.

eriadoc
01-05-2013, 08:44 PM
Well, as I see it, if the QB has the strength to hold on to the ball and the ball goes forward, it's an incomplete pass. If the QB holds on and re-cocks his arm, it's an incomplete pass no matter where the ball goes.

The rules committee really need to look at that tuck rule.

DocBar
01-05-2013, 08:45 PM
Doc, I don't know the precise rule, but the general thing I understand is that if the arm is moving forward, for whatever reason, before the ball is let loose, then it is considered a pass. They seem to me to apply this rule even when something "should" be a fumble - i.e. giving a lot of benefit of the doubt to the QB. In today's game, the arm started moving forward before the ball came loose, so it was ruled a pass - I was not at all surprised about the ruling, even if it "should" have been a fumble. I don't remember the details of last week's one well enough, though.

I never saw a replay of the whole thing, but did the ball actually move forward in today's game? It wasn't a lateral was it? I kind of doubt it, but I was hoping for a full replay and they never showed it after the challenge, just lots of replays of the ball coming out initially. I actually thought NBC's broadcast today was subpar, with lots of missed chances for replays, odd angles, etc., which was very unexpected considering this was a playoff game.Dalton's arm was moving backwards when he was hit by Barwin. Barwin caused Dalton's arm to go forward.

Big Lou
01-05-2013, 08:47 PM
I think the problem was the camera angles. I don't think their were any views where the ref could see the ball coming out before the forward motion. The best angle had a Texans head in the way.

JCTexan
01-05-2013, 08:51 PM
Playing off this, if they had ruled it a fumble what would of happened since it was blown dead?

I believe it would have been Houston's ball. Bradie James clearly recovered the ball.

NCTexan
01-05-2013, 08:52 PM
I believe it would have been Houston's ball. Bradie James clearly recovered the ball.

Thanks! Wasn't sure since it was blown before it was recovered.

NitroGSXR
01-05-2013, 08:56 PM
He had control until Barwin hit his arm! That means fumble.

He had enough control to propel it forward. The ball flew a fair number of yards.

DocBar
01-05-2013, 09:11 PM
He had enough control to propel it forward. The ball flew a fair number of yards.BARWIN propelled that ball forward from his hit. Rewatch the replay, if you can find it.

NitroGSXR
01-05-2013, 09:13 PM
BARWIN propelled that ball forward from his hit. Rewatch the replay, if you can find it.

I stand by my comments.

powda
01-05-2013, 09:15 PM
Win or lose I thought it was a good challenge for once. I dont care if the arm went forward ... I care about the ball and want to see a few more replays.

powda
01-05-2013, 09:27 PM
At what point did the qb lose the ball? If his arm wasn't going forward its a fumble. If the ball wasn't going forward without being touched by another player that's pretty telling...

ajohnson80
01-05-2013, 09:29 PM
Luck fumbled. Dalton did not.

DocBar
01-05-2013, 09:30 PM
At what point did the qb lose the ball? If his arm wasn't going forward its a fumble. If the ball wasn't going forward without being touched by another player that's pretty telling...In every single replay I saw, he lost the ball after Barwin him him, causing his arm to go forward. Dalton was drawing back to make a pass and Barwin hit him, with the arm still going backwards. Barwin hit his upper arm/elbow area and the ball shot forward. I can't find a replay of it or I'd post it.

ajohnson80
01-05-2013, 09:34 PM
In every single replay I saw, he lost the ball after Barwin him him, causing his arm to go forward. Dalton was drawing back to make a pass and Barwin hit him, with the arm still going backwards. Barwin hit his upper arm/elbow area and the ball shot forward. I can't find a replay of it or I'd post it.

I saw it a few times. Barwin grabbed his arm then dalton moved it forward in a throwing motion. No fumble and frankly I was pissed Kubiak challenged it.

powda
01-05-2013, 09:34 PM
In every single replay I saw, he lost the ball after Barwin him him, causing his arm to go forward. Dalton was drawing back to make a pass and Barwin hit him, with the arm still going backwards. Barwin hit his upper arm/elbow area and the ball shot forward. I can't find a replay of it or I'd post it.

I haven't made up my mind one way or another. Thats the criteria i'll be following when I see it again.

corytx8
01-05-2013, 09:35 PM
I'm sorry, but I thought the Refs got the call right and I thought the challenge was horribe by Coach K. Barwin hit Daltons arm but dalton still was able to hold on the ball and he went to get rid of the ball. Barwin hit to Dalton arm called the ball to not have a steam on the throwing motion.

powda
01-05-2013, 09:39 PM
I thought the play was close and when points are up for grabs (3) I think it was a solid challenge. A dumb challenge is when you cant count to 12.

ajohnson80
01-05-2013, 09:49 PM
I thought the play was close and when points are up for grabs (3) I think it was a solid challenge. A dumb challenge is when you cant count to 12.

I don't they had awhile to look at it before the challenge, and it was obviously not a fumble. It was the 2nd half we could have needed that timeout. Just like in the first half when he wasted a running play and timeout driving before the end of the half. We had a chance to put points on the board.

DocBar
01-05-2013, 09:49 PM
I don't understand why people can't visually see that Barwin caused Dalton's arm to move forward. His arm was clearly going backwards before Barwin hit him. Dalton's arm damned near looked broken on that play.

mridge01
01-05-2013, 09:55 PM
At what point did the qb lose the ball? If his arm wasn't going forward its a fumble. If the ball wasn't going forward without being touched by another player that's pretty telling...

Yeah barwin's not having much luck in this dept. he got the hose vs. luck. Hopefully if he keeps getting back there it will work out in his favor.

powda
01-05-2013, 10:00 PM
I don't they had awhile to look at it before the challenge, and it was obviously not a fumble. It was the 2nd half we could have needed that timeout. Just like in the first half when he wasted a running play and timeout driving before the end of the half. We had a chance to put points on the board.

In a close game like this one 3 points means a lot. I'm way more flexible at losing a challenge/timeout late in the first half when we have additional timeouts then I am in the 2nd half. I can understand if you disagree but kubiak has made far worse challenges in his time. I dont think this is one to hold against him.

ajohnson80
01-05-2013, 10:09 PM
In a close game like this one 3 points means a lot. I'm way more flexible at losing a challenge/timeout late in the first half when we have additional timeouts then I am in the 2nd half. I can understand if you disagree but kubiak has made far worse challenges in his time. I dont think this is one to hold against him.

Well he has made worse challenges I agree with that notion. He took points off the board in the first half, and lost a timeout with the bad challenge in the second half. Those are the type of coaching errors that really hurt you against someone like Belichik. I will give him a pass today, but he needs to do better with game decisions next week.

corytx8
01-05-2013, 10:10 PM
I don't understand why people can't visually see that Barwin caused Dalton's arm to move forward. His arm was clearly going backwards before Barwin hit him. Dalton's arm damned near looked broken on that play.

Yes, but anytime the QB has a forward motion on his arm, it becomes a pass. A pass which Andy Dalton was able to hold onto the ball enough to release it after his arm went forward. Barwin would have need to knock the ball out while Dalton arm was cocked back in order for it be ruled a fumble. Sorry buddy, but either you saw wrong or ya not understanding the rule then.

Ball out after arm is forward = pass
Ball out while arm is backwards = fumble
Its that simple.

DocBar
01-05-2013, 10:10 PM
In a close game like this one 3 points means a lot. I'm way more flexible at losing a challenge/timeout late in the first half when we have additional timeouts then I am in the 2nd half. I can understand if you disagree but kubiak has made far worse challenges in his time. I dont think this is one to hold against him.I love that Kubiak challenged it and I thin k he was right. That was clearly a sack/fumble to me.

texanhead08
01-05-2013, 10:21 PM
I thought it was dumb to challenge it because if last week wasn't a fumble this one surely wasn't.

Fred
01-05-2013, 10:46 PM
Yes, but anytime the QB has a forward motion on his arm, it becomes a pass. A pass which Andy Dalton was able to hold onto the ball enough to release it after his arm went forward. Barwin would have need to knock the ball out while Dalton arm was cocked back in order for it be ruled a fumble. Sorry buddy, but either you saw wrong or ya not understanding the rule then.

Ball out after arm is forward = pass
Ball out while arm is backwards = fumble
Its that simple.

If Barwin knocked his arm forward before the ball started coming out then pass. Doesn't matter that Barwin (not Dalton) started the arm forward, what matters is - did the ball start coming out before the arm started forward? If DocBar is correct that Barwin's hit caused the arm to start forward then it is an imcomplete pass. If Barwin had hit the ball loose and Dalton's arm continued backwards (not what happened according to DocBar) then it would have been a fumble.

Even so, it was a reasonable challenge. If you have a 10% chance of getting a turnover, it is worth losing a first half timeout.

Oz Texan
01-05-2013, 11:50 PM
Yes, but anytime the QB has a forward motion on his arm, it becomes a pass. A pass which Andy Dalton was able to hold onto the ball enough to release it after his arm went forward. Barwin would have need to knock the ball out while Dalton arm was cocked back in order for it be ruled a fumble. Sorry buddy, but either you saw wrong or ya not understanding the rule then.

Ball out after arm is forward = pass
Ball out while arm is backwards = fumble
Its that simple.

Tell that to TJ Yates who had a ball go 14 yards forward up the field last year and the refs still called it a fumble.

Blake
01-06-2013, 08:25 AM
To me it looked like the ball came loose while going back, and Dalton's throwing motion shot it forward. He didnt have a grip on the ball. The ball was just in the way of where his arm/hand was going.

I would say Fumble.

HJam72
01-06-2013, 08:38 AM
Here's what I look at: what was he trying to do and where was he trying to throw the ball? Seems pretty obvious to me that he had no control over it other than just making sure it went somewhat forward (somewhere), so that he could act like, "Oh, that was a bad pass...........duh..."

2 things: They keep changing the rules when they suddenly want them to favor somebody (or disfavor a disliked city), and

2) they (the new rules--like the tuck-rule, for instance) don't even have to make sense.

HJam72
01-06-2013, 11:08 AM
If they let Dalton get away with that, they will let Brady drop it, call a time-out in the middle of the stinking play, walk over, pick up the ball, find a nice, comfortable, safe place to stand, survey the field, and then restart the action. :wadepalm: