The tuck rule: Mike Pereira doesn't like it
Ah, the tuck rule. It reared its pinched, troll-like little face again Saturday in the playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens.
For the record, Rule 3, Section 2 states:
When a team 'A' player (passer) is holding the ball to pass it forward, any intentional forward movement of his hand starts the forward pass, even if the player loses possession of the ball as he attempting to tuck it back toward his body.
The consequences were less cataclysmic than they were in the playoff game between the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots in 2002, but it raised discussion of the rule, which is really only popular with Tom Brady.
Now, it turns out, someone who really doesn't like the rule is Mike Pereira, who was the NFL director of officiating and vice-president thereof over the previous decade. Now a Fox analyst, Pereira wrote:
This was the classic tuck play.
This was clearly a correct reversal, but is it time to look at this rule because [Chiefs quarterback Matt] Cassel was not attempting to pass the ball when it came loose.
I think it's time to change this rule. A pass should only be ruled incomplete if the ball comes loose in the actual act of passing the ball. If it comes loose in the tucking motion, then it should be a fumble.
I would support a rule change, although it took me a long time to get to this point. I'm sure it's no consolation to the many Raiders fans around the country.
| January 11, 2011; 11:10 AM ET
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