Lingering complaints about Cassius Marsh taunting call distracted from horrible low block penalty

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On the surface, some would say that the NFL has had another bad week, thanks to the controversial taunting call on Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh, capped by a Tony Corrente hip check and a fine for Marsh. However, some in league circles believe that 345 Park Avenue regard it as a welcome diversion from that far bigger blown call in that same game.

The low block call that took a Chicago touchdown (and a net four points) off the board was, without question, an extremely bad call. The technique is a common one, the right guard pulls to the outside and takes out the edge defender with a low block. The Falcons used it on Sunday, with quarterback Matt Ryan running the ball in for a touchdown.

The play is a staple of the Bill Walsh playbook. It goes by different names. Walsh called it Sprint Right G U-corner Halfback Quick. The right guard uses a low block at the boundary to the tight end box is part of the play.

A seasoned and experienced referee like Corrente has seen it, many, many times. It wasn’t some impromptu maneuver. It was baked into a play that the NFL has used for years. That Corrente has witnessed for years.

The mistake in this case was compounded by the fact that it was more like an attempted low block.

Thanks to the ongoing complaints about the Marsh taunting, the far more egregious mistake went largely overlooked. Indeed, the brief video from Perry Fewell that reviewed the Marsh call and other plays from Week 10 ignored the low block blunder.

8 responses to “Lingering complaints about Cassius Marsh taunting call distracted from horrible low block penalty

  1. If anyone is complaining about the blatant taunting that was flagged, let me know where to send the Kleenex. Rules are rules. They let some minor stuff slip by, but this one was outrageous. The dude walks over and stares down the opposing team. That was probably the easiest taunting call ever made. I realize if one person says Vontaze Burfict was a clean player, half you guys would repeat it. Lol.

  2. Low blocks – you can’t do that anymore on the edge. You should be aware of the rule change. It doesn’t matter how many examples you cite for the last 50 years. Though I’ll admit that it looks like he may have missed Watt entirely.

    It’s one more brick in the crazy over regulation of football. You have to be an attorney to understand all the rules. Fans who watched all their lives don’t understand the rules. How does football expect to attract any new fans when the rules are so complex and arbitrary.

  3. I think the NFL is taunting us. We sit here and cry about the bad calls every week, and the league just makes it worse. So keep crying, and they’ll keep making it worse. But they have us. We watch. We spend. It’s their way of using mind control. We talk. We discuss. We complain. We consume. It’s brilliant on their part. There has to be a psychological term for what they’re doing to us. As long as we continue to focus on the same thing every week, they’ll make sure we have a lot of it to focus on. They’re giving us what we crave. Bad calls. Stop whining and the bad calls will disappear. But then what would we have to cry about?

  4. When are any ref’s going to be held accountable for being terrible last their jobs?? If I’m no good at my job and have a bunch of mistakes I’m let go. #FIRE GOODELL

  5. The blocker whiffed on a block he’s no longer allowed to make. This should be maybe a 7 1/2 yard penalty.

  6. Tony Corrente either has a huge ego and enjoys affecting the outcome of games or he has direct connections to gambling. But we will never know because the NFL fosters a culture that allows for such actions.

  7. All this complaining will do zilch to solve the issue as those most impacted (the viewing fans) would rather end it all than stop watching their NFL team and whole the NFL will spend 100 mil a year on Goodell spending an extra 20 mil a year on fulltime refs will not happen.

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