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NFL's Dean Blandino says line-overload call was incorrect
2013-09-12

"No, this was not a correct call," Blandino said. "This is not the intent of the rule as it was written.
"The rule is to protect the snapper on a field goal or extra point from a direct forcible blow to the head or neck area, or with the crown/forehead/hairline parts of the helmet to the body," Blandino added. "It was not designed to prohibit any contact with the snapper, which is what happened on this play."
During the play in question, Chargers nose tackle Cam Thomas made light contact with Texans long snapper Jon Weeks. Thomas was called for unnecessary roughness.
After the alleged violation, Randy Bullock's 37-yard field goal was taken off the scoreboard and the Texans accepted the personal foul, which pushed them half the distance to the goal line at the Chargers' 9-yard line. Quarterback Matt Schaub threw a touchdown pass to tight end Owen Daniels on the next play.
Blandino said the rule was created to avoid putting the long snapper in a defenseless position on field-goal attempts, not to avoid all contact with the long snapper.
"Let's walk through the play last night first," Blandino said. "And you're going to see here, here's the center and it's going to be No. 92, Cam Thomas, that's going to make the contact. But basically there's some incidental contact with his left leg to the head/neck area, but that is not a foul. That is legal contact. This should not have been called. It's a judgment call by the umpire, he's looking at that, and in his judgment, he felt that it was enough for a foul. And in our review today, we felt that it was not.
"Now I'll show you an example of what is a foul," Blandino continued. "This was a play that we used in our visits in the offseason to the coaching staffs and the players. Here you're going to see a direct blow to the head/neck area of the center. That's what the rule is designed to protect the player in that snapping posture. Think of a receiver who's trying to catch a pass. You can't hit him in the head or neck area, you can't hit a defenseless snapper, while he's in that posture, in the head or neck area either."




With Golson Out, What's Next For Irish?
2013-05-29

If any team is built for the loss of a dynamic starting quarterback, its Notre Dame. If you're going to count out the Irish in 2013, like you probably did in 2012, it's probably not going to be because of the absence of No. 5 - both of them.

With Everett Golson suspended for the fall semester and no longer enrolled at the school, all of a sudden the offense and the team take on a different shape.

This was supposed to be the year when Golson took his game to another level. A terrific baller and playmaker, he might not have been the most efficient passer, completing only 59 percent of his throws, and he might have had coaches and fans doing the no-no-no-YES thing when throwing into traffic a bit too much, but he only threw six picks on the season and scrambled and ran his way into big moments. He was expected to become a more complete passer this season under Brian Kelly, while also providing the running and improvisational element the coaching staff was looking for at quarterback.

Now, with Golson out of the equation, the Irish will have to do some scrambling of their own, and theyre equipped for it.

First and foremost, this happened in late May and not in late August. Just as if Golson had gone down with some sort of injury, now the team has to adapt and move on, but theres an entire summer and a fall camp to find the right fit. Theres plenty of time to figure out what the next move is, and remember, its not like Golson was the be-all-end-all No. 1 starter with a firm grip on the job and the team. Kelly brought in several top talents over the last few years, and while it wouldve been nice to have Gunner Kiel around as an option, there are still others waiting in the wings.

Kiel took his talents to Tommy Tuberville and Cincinnati, but Notre Dame still has Tommy Rees who knows a little something about offseason off-the-field controversy and has more than enough time logged in to be a capable and effective starter. Two-Minute Tommy has been at his best off the bench in clutch situations, but now a senior, dont discount him taking a step up in his play and consistency if he gets the responsibility of having to take the team on his shoulders. The problem, though, is his penchant to throw the bad interception to go along with his lack of mobility. Kelly wants a dual-threat option, and thats where Andrew Hendrix comes in.

Hendrix, a senior, blew off Florida, Ohio State, Miami and Wisconsin for the Irish, and even though the talent is there to be the face of the program, he hasnt been able to rise above the fray with just 304 career passing yards. Brilliant two years ago in an attempt to bring the team back against Stanford, he finished 2011 with 162 rushing yards with 111 yards against Air Force, he could be the spark with the opportunity there. However, he might have to fight off the new guy.

True freshman Malik Zaire is the X-factor. A terrific dual-threat option, the 6-2, 190-pounder is a smart, accurate passer with great running skills and a way of making things happen on the fly. Kelly isnt above throwing an inexperienced new guy on the field, and at the very least he could be a part of a rotation to get his speed and athleticism into the offense.

But its going to be more than just the quarterback situation for the Irish. Losing Golson might hurt, but the 2013 team, like the 2012 squad, will mostly work around a tough defense and an opportunistic offense that keeps the mistakes to a minimum and controls the clock and the game. The hope was for Golson to be a catalyst who could start winning big games on his own, and his leadership and confidence are a part of the puzzle, but its not like USC losing Matt Barkley last season or if Louisville lost Teddy Bridgewater this year life will go on for Notre Dame without Everett Golson.


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