The Redskins Don't Know the Rules
This has been pointed out in other venues, but the Redskins seem to be having some confusion with the NFL Rulebook this week. (In happier news, listen to new Chris Paul song "Hey Scrappy Redskins." As euphemisms for this team go, "scrappy" isn't bad.)
1) Carlos Rogers, concerning the blocked extra point: "I thought we were gonna scoop it and score on the block."
NFL Rulebook: The defensive team never can score on a try. As soon as defense gets possession or the kick is blocked or a touchdown is not scored, the try is over.
2) Brandon Lloyd, after his interviewers expressed the opinion that Mike Sellers ripped the ball out of the recovering player's hands and that the Redskins thus should have retained possession: "Exactly. And that's what we were arguing with the umpire. We were like, 'It didn't go 10 yards,' and he was like, 'Yes it did, yes it did.' And Rock Cartwright came up and said, 'But [Sellers] took the ball from him, it should be our ball.' And the umpire said, 'The play was dead, you dummy.' And Randle El said it in the most calmest voice, he said, 'Umpire, that is not right and I'm turning you in for that.' "
NFL Rulebook: Kicking team may recover but NOT advance UNLESS receiver had possession and lost the ball. [i.e. once the ball is recovered it's dead.]
3) Joe Gibbs: "We'll probably be the biggest underdog in the history of sports," he famously said on Monday, backing his statement up yesterday by saying the line was 16.5 and would probably rise.
NFL Rulebook: Not technically a rule, I guess, but jeez. The Washington Times has a definitive look at the history of Redskins betting lines, and notes that this 16.5 number would be just the fourth biggest for the Patriots this season. It would, however, be the biggest spread of Gibbs's career. The Wash Times also quotes an expert who thinks the line will actually go in the opposite direction before Sunday.
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