NFL Ref Confuses Everyone With Bizarre Onside Kick Call, Promptly Changes His Mind
It's only Week 1 but that doesn't mean it's too soon for the refs to start attempting to screw up game-deciding calls with no good explanation as to why!
In fact, it sometimes seems like they are just straight making stuff up; which is exactly the kind of situation the fans in St. Louis encountered in the first play of overtime between the Rams and Seahawks. Tied at 31-31, the Seahawks made the decision to try an onside kick rather than kick the ball over to the red hot Rams offense.
It looked like a perfectly played, well-timed recovery by Rams rookie Bradley Marquez, nothing more to it. Yet a thoroughly confused Jeff Triplette apparently saw something else; and not only did he have a hard time recognizing what call he was making, but he had one hell of a time trying to explain it.
Yeah, I didn't catch any of that. Unsurprisingly he went on to uphold the original call of a legal onside kick recovery after reviewing the play with the other game officials. Even after going through the NFL rule book I'm confused as to what rule he was citing.
From what I gathered, Triplette believed that the ball had hit the ground coming off the spike and because of that, a fair catch wave by a Rams player was an illegal signal and nullified the recovery of the kick. Once he looked at it again and saw that the ball traveled directly into the air, whatever fair catch call the Rams made in the backfield was ruled valid and therefore so was the recovery.
Or something like that. Tom Pelissero said it best.
After all was said and done, Pete Carroll's decision to risk the onside kick rather than play defense against the formidable Nick Foles did not pay off. The Rams hit a field goal and then sacked Russell Wilson on fourth-and-inches, winning the game 34-31 and putting the defending NFC Champs in a very early hole in the NFC West.
Oh Pete, will you ever learn?
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