NFL officiating office made call to eject Dre Greenlaw for “a flagrant act”

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NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Walt Anderson said after Sunday night’s game that it was the league officiating office that made the decision to eject 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert.

Anderson said after the game that the officials threw the flag on the field but the officiating office decided to kick Greenlaw out of the game because of the seriousness of the foul.

“What the officials had was a flag for a player lowering his head and making forcible contact and Rule 19 allows us when a flag is thrown to examine the play and if we feel the action is flagrant then the rule allows us to disqualify the player and that’s what we determined,” Anderson said, via the pool report. “It was a flagrant act.”

Anderson said several factors went into the decision to eject Greenlaw.

“The timing, the manner in which the player had an opportunity to make other choices and to make a different decision. Those all go into factoring whether something is flagrant. Those are just some of the factors that are considered,” Anderson said. “The runner was a downed runner. He was already down by contact. That certainly plays into taking a look at the actions taken by the defender. If he had other choices in terms of his actions, we felt like the actions he took were flagrant in nature and that was the reason for disqualification.”

Anderson said the decision had nothing to do with Herbert being a quarterback and Greenlaw would have been ejected if he had put that hit on a running back.

“It would have been the same if it had been any other ballcarrier,” Anderson said. “Another thing is, whether fouls are called or not, fouls have subsequent action or not on game day, players are always subject to additional discipline during the week and all personal fouls are reviewed by the league each and every week and additional discipline is always possible up to and including suspension.”

If Greenlaw is suspended, he will find out within the next couple of days.

10 responses to “NFL officiating office made call to eject Dre Greenlaw for “a flagrant act”

  1. I just googled the replay. That was definately out of bounds. He did not even have to lay a hit, the runner was down with two other team mates getting him pretty good one wrapping him up to bring him down and the other adding a hard but clean hit. IDK why he felt he needed to add some cheese of his own.

  2. IDK if ejection was appropriate or not but I don’t doubt it was flagrant or not, everything about his tackle to me shows he was gearing to lead with the crown of his helmet the entire way. Unsure he thought he was making contact with Herbert’s helmet, but whatever, this is what we get to argue about Monday Morning… the leftovers of NFL Sunday.

  3. oh I get it! So the guy that called the tuck rule? Now it makes sense.

    Did he also call down the PI on Logan Wilson where his hand grazed Cooper Kupp’s back….to essentially throw all of 2022 down the drain and auto-assign the super bowl victory for LA?

  4. Greenlaw was in the process of turning to hit with his shoulder when Jimmie Ward’s hit propelled Herbert’s helmet straight into Greenlaw’s. Obviously, Ward’s hit was not helmet to helmet. He went low into the side of Herbert’s mid-section. Look at how Greenlaw was positioned completely sideways after the hit. I was at the game and honestly thought the refs were huddling up to decide whether or not they were going to pick up the flag. Shocked that they ejected him. Were the hits vicious? Yes. But Herbert was trying to run for a first down without sliding. Two linebackers were trying to prevent a 6’5 250 lbs QB from getting to the marker.

  5. I guarentee you that had Herbert been a RB no flag would’ve been thrown. Teams should just run QB and make sure they go head first and wait for other team to becasically have the whole D ejected. You can’t protect QB like they were in the pocket when they are running as a running.. that’s just not fair for any defense.

  6. Everything happens in a split second on the field. Thinking is secondary to instincts and reactions to stopping a ball carrier. The only thing accomplished by ejecting that player is proving that NFL offices in New York to in fact have communications with refs on the field and do have the ability to control outcomes of games. We need no more proof that NFL New York office can and willfully does manipulate games.

  7. If all calls are reviewed- for subsequent action or not on game day, Are Referees subject to additional discipline during the week? Because there have been some bad ones this year.

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