Michael Gallup on interference call: I was just trying to get my hand free

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Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said he was “sick” when he watched the TV copy of the offensive pass interference call on Michael Gallup in Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Rams.

Three days after the Cowboys receiver had a 47-yard reception to the Los Angeles 19 with 21 seconds remaining negated by offensive pass interference, Gallup was done with the complaining. He instead is trying to turn it into a teachable moment.

“I mean, honestly, I guess I just (need to) beat him a little bit more at the line so we’re not play fighting down the field for a good 10 yards,” Gallup said Wednesday. “That’s the best I can put it. I was just trying to get my hand free, so (therefore) it looked like I pushed off. But it is what it is.”

There are some (raises hand) who wondered aloud whether the flags — two of them — would have come out if it wasn’t one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL — Jalen Ramsey — selling the penalty.

“Got to call it fair every now and then. Get your chances when they come,” Gallup said when asked the question. “But I hope I get that call a little bit down the road.”

Rams fans, of course, point to the penalty the Cowboys got away with earlier in the second half. Cowboys pass rusher Aldon Smith hit Rams quarterback Jared Goff in the head on a third quarter interception Chidobe Awuzie had of Goff. A penalty would have negated the interception, but the Cowboys turned the short field into a six-play, 24-yard field goal drive.

The Cowboys lost the game, and Smith surely will lose money when fines are handed out Saturday.

10 responses to “Michael Gallup on interference call: I was just trying to get my hand free

  1. Saw the play, that was a horrible call. When an offensive player pushes off a defender, that’s pass interference. An offensive player holding his hand out to keep the defensive player away is not pass interference. Gallup did not push off or gain an advantage. Gallup was trying to keep an arms length space between him and the defender so he go get the ball. Players do that on almost every play. No way it was pass interference.

  2. All that was was a flop by Jalen Ramsey. It was no OPI and definitly a ticky tack hand fight that shouldnt determine the outcome. It should be punished as a flop just as NBA does. Not a cowboy homer here.

  3. Real time, you could see Gallup extending his arm, preventing Ramsey from closing. Easy call, which is why there were two simultaneous flags. What’s REALLY weird is, where were the flags on the most obvious penalty of the night – when Goff’s head got smacked and his helmet ended up on backwards?

  4. I was rooting for the Cowboys and I watched the play over and over again. In real time and in slow motion. It’s a blatant offensive pass interference. The push off created the separation. Ramsey had him covered like a blanket.

  5. alongthegulf says: “Gallup was trying to keep an arms length space between him and the defender so he go get the ball.”
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    What you just described IS pass interference because you’re creating space with an arm bar.

  6. He wouldn’t have needed to get his hand free if he didn’t reach out to create separation in the first place. Just run and if the defensive back grabs you, its the refs job to call it. If you push off to get your hand away, you’re asking for a flag.

  7. alongthegulf says:
    September 16, 2020 at 8:15 pm
    Saw the play, that was a horrible call. When an offensive player pushes off a defender, that’s pass interference. An offensive player holding his hand out to keep the defensive player away is not pass interference.
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    “I can tell you it was clear and obvious on the field, of a hand into an opposing player,” Corrente said. “A full arm extension created that separation. In all situations that would be called. We’re not going to allow that at any point during the game.”

    I’m not arguing the call for or against. I’m arguing that because you feel a certain way that you believe it to be true. Extending your arm to create separation that prevents the opponent from being able to make a play on the ball is pass interference. You’re welcome!

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