Kliff Kingsbury: Penalty flag hitting punt “like a Twilight Zone”

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One of the oddest moments of Week Three came on a punt early in the first quarter of the Cardinals’ 31-19 win over the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

A penalty flag thrown by the field judge hit a punt headed toward Cardinals returner Rondale Moore and changed the trajectory of the ball enough that Moore muffed the catch. He was able to recover the ball and the Cardinals won the game, which Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said led to a very different reaction than if the Jaguars had recovered.

Kingsbury said on Monday that “it seems quite unfair that we would lose the ball” under those circumstances and that the official “should probably be ejected at that point,” although he also said that neither he nor Moore knew what happened in the moment.

“He’s hard on himself and I don’t know if he even knew what had happened,” Kingsbury said, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. “But, it looked kind of like a Twilight Zone. Like, he had it and then all of a sudden he didn’t have it. And, so, I didn’t know that had occurred, but you would think that maybe we can adjust that rule.”

Kingsbury said he doesn’t think discussion of such a rule change is likely to come up given that there’s no other known examples of this happening, but the Cardinals could submit a proposal this offseason to see if there’s any appetite for such a conversation.

8 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury: Penalty flag hitting punt “like a Twilight Zone”

  1. i dont see the need to throw the flag near the players at all. tossing it 10 yards to his right into the field of play acheives the same result- a penalty has occured.

  2. Ejecting the ref seems a little harsh. Why not just rule it a dead ball at the spot

  3. alleycat702 says:
    September 28, 2021 at 9:01 am
    Makes me think of the ref who threw a flag and hit a player in the eye years ago.
    Believe that was Orlando Brown Sr (Zeus)

  4. alleycat702 says:

    Makes me think of the ref who threw a flag and hit a player in the eye years ago.

    That was the first thing that came to mind when I saw that. It was Orlando Brown–RIP–who was hit in the eye. He missed three years due to temporary blindness from that. You’d think the referees would have learned from that.

    I agree with Kingsbury….the guy who threw it should have been ejected. He should also be suspended. If they implement policies to control player behavior then they need to do the same thing for the officials. I know they have a union but the NFL could just say they don’t want him doing any games for a month or something like that.

  5. Why would you eject / suspend the red for a mistake like this? It wasn’t like it wa intentional.

    Call it a dead ball at the spot of contact and address it in a league wide refs meeting , telling the refs to make sure they throw the flag away from the play.

    Life goes on

    Everyone wants a drastic action these days, not common sense.

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