actually, in looking at a frame by frame breakdown of the play, once the ball is in the air Crabtree is the one who initiated more contact. The initial contact is within 5 yards of the LOS so that is legal.
Yea, but you can't put your arms outside of the receiver and grab hold just because he touched you first.
Good no call, especially with the way the entire game was called, including the Smith 1st down
This is what it boils down to for me. The Coach has to recognize how the refs are calling the game. The refs called it the same way all night. They didn't, as some in the media have suggested, get caught in the big moment and make a different call on that play. Jim made a bad play call, and he is trying to justify it. It was almost like he was expecting the play to end in a penalty. which, if he was paying attention the whole game, just wasn't going to happen.
Related, I would have lined up and ran that same play to the outside with Gore blocking. That call looked perfect, but the timeout/ clock management fricked 'em.
This post was edited on 2/8 at 8:49 am