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Jags rolling over the Titans, thanks to questionable replay call

As halftime begins in Jacksonville, the Jaguars are decimating the Titans.

It’s 27-3, Jags.

The most recent score came after officials seemed to properly call an end-zone catch made by receiver Mike Sims-Walker not a catch, because he was going to the ground while making the catch and did not keep possession as he hit the ground.

But, after viewing the video, referee Alberto Riveron overturned the call on the field.

Though the powers-that-be explained to CBS that Sims-Walker had two feet down and possession of the ball, the fact is that, while catching the ball, Sims-Walker was being dragged to the ground by Tennessee cornerback Jason McCourty.  And so, as we understand the rule, Sims-Walker needs to keep possession when he hits the ground.

Here’s the rule, once again:  “If a player goes to the ground in the act of
catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control
of the ball after he touches the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone.  If
he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control,
the pass is incomplete.  If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground,
the pass is complete.”

The key phrase, in our view, is “with or without contact by an opponent.”  McCourty was tackling Sims-Walker as he caught the ball.  So, regardless of how many feet or other body extremities touched the ground in the process, Sims-Walker was required to keep control of the ball once he landed.

He didn’t.

No catch, in our view.

With Titans coach Jeff Fisher on the wrong end of the call, the fact that he’s a co-chair of the Competition Committee virtually ensures that the rule will be reconsidered in the offseason.

If Fisher isn’t off the committee by then.  And that could happen if owner Bud Adams decides it’s time to end the tenure of the head coach with the longest tenure in the NFL.

Regardless, when V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira recently said of this rule that “it’s very difficult for
people to grasp what is a catch and what isn’t a catch
,” we assumed that he wasn’t referring to the men who are charged with knowing when to overturn a call on the field based on indisputable visual evidence.

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23 Responses to “Jags rolling over the Titans, thanks to questionable replay call”
  1. BeezAtUT says: Oct 4, 2009 2:47 PM

    That’s the twice in three games one of these “questionable” calls has gone against the Titans.
    Not that it really matters. The Titans are playing like garbage. They look terrible.
    However, I would like to see consistency out of the officiating regarding this matter. To me this is no different than the Louis Murphy non-touchdown.
    Under the old rules, the catch by Sims-Walker is obviously a catch. Under the new rules, it obviously shouldn’t be.
    However, apparently it is a catch.

  2. Jeff Smith says: Oct 4, 2009 2:49 PM

    He made the catch, got both feet down on the ground, made a football move, then was dragged to the ground by the defender. After he hit landed on top of the Titans player, the ball popped out.
    Reception and touchdown.

  3. IWanttoPunchFloriointheFace says: Oct 4, 2009 2:50 PM

    He’s already been on the wrong end of the call – the Jacoby Jones’ non-TD touchdown…haven’t you figured it out Flowerio, it’s a TD when it’s NOT the Raiders – otherwise it’s not a TD.

  4. SpartaChris says: Oct 4, 2009 2:51 PM

    So what you’re saying is either the Raiders got screwed in week one or this was a bad call.
    I’ll be interested to see what Pereira has to say on this weeks “Official Review.”

  5. dbs says: Oct 4, 2009 2:51 PM

    Florio, this guy Riveron is a joke of an official. His crew is the worst out there. The calls from this crew are a disgrace.

  6. outamojo says: Oct 4, 2009 2:53 PM

    Louis Murphy got robbed again.

  7. Tdk24 says: Oct 4, 2009 2:54 PM

    BS call.

  8. md says: Oct 4, 2009 3:03 PM

    Thanks for continuing to harp on this. The league is becoming a joke because of all the inconsistency and obfuscation. It allows the NFL to dictate the outcome of games — that is, call any play however they want at any given moment and still justify it — far too much.
    Meanwhile, over in the Raiders-Texans game, L. Murphy again makes a catch on a key third down play that is called a non-catch. He caught it squarely, got one foot in, and clearly dragged the other along the turf before lifting it and stepping out of bounds. The official on the field immediately ruled it a catch. Then, quite some time later, the official reversed himself and called it no catch. The Raiders challenged, and it was upheld as no catch, with no explanation given.
    Ridiculous.
    Later a Raiders defender is tagged with unsportsmanlike for dropping to his knees and lifting his arms to the air following the interception he made. When has this EVER been unsportsmanlike?
    Yes, Raiders fans are paranoid, and the officials aren’t the only reason our team is bad right now. But it certainly doesn’t help, and one call can turn the tide of a game (in the case of the Murphy call above, it was incredibly deflating to the whole team).
    And the fact that we’re paranoid doesn’t mean that the league (or at least certain officials therein) isn’t out to get us. ;)

  9. bleachertees says: Oct 4, 2009 3:08 PM

    mike, sims-walker never went to the ground since he was on top of the defender, so this rule isn’t applicable.
    what is the cut-off for a player to go to the ground after catching the ball?

  10. ATLien says: Oct 4, 2009 3:11 PM

    My fantasy team isn’t complaining LOL

  11. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Oct 4, 2009 3:14 PM

    This rule is causing more trouble than the problem for which it was invented to correct. It definitely needs to be reviewed and clarified. It is still far to subjectively applied.

  12. fooman says: Oct 4, 2009 3:26 PM

    So why is this a story? 20-3 isnt rolling over the titans? Florio why do you hate the jags so much? Its obvious you do now by reading this story…

  13. Sara says: Oct 4, 2009 3:31 PM

    did you watch the replay?? his elbow went down BEFORE the ball was popped out..easy call – TOUCHDOWN!

  14. Seeryer says: Oct 4, 2009 3:46 PM

    Florio,
    The Jags still would have been rolling the Titans even if the call was wrong. It would have been 23-3 instead of 27-3 at halftime. Take your Jag and Garrard hate and stick it up your arse!!

  15. claytonbigsby says: Oct 4, 2009 3:47 PM

    The real story here is that the Titans could go 0- 4!

  16. Ruger88 says: Oct 4, 2009 6:39 PM

    Your a moron Florio…your articles always suck…

  17. elroy says: Oct 4, 2009 6:47 PM

    If Florio can’t see a clear difference between this play and the one in week 1 it shows why he wasn’t smart enough to get into a better law school than WVU. For someone who blogs so much about football, Florio sure knows little about the sport and its rules.

  18. JagMania65 says: Oct 4, 2009 7:37 PM

    Maybe you sould actually see the play before you run your stupid mouth about it…
    The replay official said the receiver caught the ball, kept control of it until he and the defender landed on the ground. After they hit the ground, the defender slapped the ball out of the receiver’s hands. Key word, after…
    And at that point of the game, the correct headline would have been, “Jags rolling over Titans thanks to Jag’s D forcing the Titans to go 3 and out in their first three possessions”. But that would have been responsible writing…

  19. keepjagsinjax says: Oct 4, 2009 7:54 PM

    Wow. He made the catch had three steps, a football move, and was then stripped by the defender. They made the right call. It was a touchdown.

  20. leatherneck says: Oct 4, 2009 9:26 PM

    Looking forward to hearing the NFL’s official explanation of this. I hope Pereira goes over it in his weekly video.
    Unlike certain bloggers, I have an open mind. I would like to hear if there is some explanation for this ruling.

  21. Zebra Blog says: Oct 4, 2009 10:05 PM

    It’s a touchdown the same reason why the Jones TD was upheld. Just because he lands on a player does not mean he hasn’t gone to the ground. We are confusing “down by contact” rules in here.
    The description is terrible by Riveron and all it did was spark conspiracy theories. See my take on it at:
    http://www.footballzebras.com/2009/10/04/378
    @keepjagsinjax: the “football move” no longer is part of the rules to determine the catch.

  22. Jones-Drew32 says: Oct 5, 2009 6:58 PM

    Step 1: Left foot down
    Step 2: Right foot down
    Step 3: Left foot, after being lifted up, down again
    Step 4: Left elbow down
    Step 5: Sims-Walker lands on top of McCourty
    Step 6: McCourty punches ball out of Sims-Walker’s hands
    I don’t have a rulebook, so I don’t know how the sequence of events works here. But that’s the entire play.
    @Zebra Blog has a nice description on his link. Riveron’s explanation was awful.

  23. obscenery says: Oct 6, 2009 12:18 PM

    Come on, man. How many times are you going to try and make this language sound more complicated than it is.
    He had three feet down!
    The rule you’re describing is when a player is catching a pass IN THE ACT of going to the ground. Watch the catch again. He catches the ball, one foot, two foot, starts being pulled to the ground, third foot, lands on defender, ball comes out.
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d813212ce/Sims-Walker-s-2nd-TD-catch
    You’re telling me that with a legal background you can’t find indisputable evidence to prove based on the NFL rules that Sims Walker caught a TD pass on that play???
    wow.

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