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The Redskins Don't Know the Rules

An official called Rock Cartwright "dummy." (Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 25, 2007; 9:01 AM ET
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I wonder if the ref called Rock Cartwright a dummy in a Fred Sanford-like voice.

ARE might want to reconsider turning him in if that was the case, because that's hilarious.

Posted by: | October 25, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Well I'm not too worried about Gibb's proclamation, especially given that this is the worst line of his career - and by a full Touchdown!?

But it would be nice if the players had an idea of what the rules are. I would suggest that they take a couple hours every preseason to review the rulebook - especially in areas of the game that don't happen much (onside kick) but happen enough that if people don't know the rules they might make a mistake.
I hate to be pessimistic, but this failure to pay attention to detail seems to be what seperates the Skins from other teams. You think the Pats would ever be confused on the rules in an important situation? I doubt it. The Skins have the physical talent but far too often are not prepared mentally - or the players play well but the game is sabatoged when coaches make blatant time-management errors.

These issues all fall on the coaching staff, and I just don't understand why Gibbs doesn't adjust.

Posted by: BiGpimpin | October 25, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"You think the Pats would ever be confused on the rules in an important situation? I doubt it."

The rules clearly allow you to spy on the opposing team.

Posted by: Skin Patrol | October 25, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

From the Wash Times link, Vegas source says the Colts would be 8.5 to 9 point dogs against the Pats in Indy if the game were being played this week.

The Pats have been good, but that's ridiculous.

Posted by: Bud Omsman | October 25, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

If the redskins are not going to know the rules, I am glad they do not know the rules in this particular way. That is, I would rather have them think that one can score on a blocked kick (meaning, and key point here, they still try to block the kick but just waste a little energy running down the field afterwards) rather than, say, believe that you only need one foot in bounds for a catch.

Posted by: DY | October 25, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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