The NFL: now with more flopping.
The scourge of soccer and headache for NBA referees makes landfall in the NFL—at least according to Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and owner Jerry Jones.
Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab reports on a very intriguing moment during Sunday night's game between the Cowboys and Giants.
In the second quarter of a 6-3 game that threatened to send America to bed early, Witten caught a pass for a first down. The Cowboys dashed to the line of scrimmage to get another play off.
However, their no-huddle approach was thwarted by Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, who came down with a sudden-onset boo-boo that needed some attention.
Here is how it all went down, featuring an irate Witten pleading with the official that there was some acting taking place on the field.
Of course, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had some thoughts on the dramatic portion of the night's proceedings. Here is what Jones had to say, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
I thought us experts on football were the only ones who could see that. I didn’t know everybody could. It was so obvious it was funny. It wasn’t humorous because we really wanted the advantage and knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped.
Now before you lob vitriol toward the Giants or Jenkins, let's take a deep breath and consider that no team is immune to such antics.
As Schwab notes, Jenkins could very well have been injured, though he seemingly made a great recovery as he jogged off the field and later returned.
Still, the no-huddle approach is slowly taking over the league like some sort of dark cloud of looming defensive exhaustion.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks recently broke down the benefits of speeding the pace on the offensive side of the ball, including more scoring opportunities and creating confusion in the opposing defense. The Cowboys, Patriots, Eagles and other teams are inserting no-huddle concepts into their schemes.
Faking injuries is hardly an invention of 2013; coincidentally, last week Brian Urlacher expounded on the Bears' past use of the tactic.
It's interesting that Jones was so jubilant in recounting Jenkins' alleged dive. Perhaps it was the glow of a Week 1 win for his team, or maybe he knows better than to admonish a team for such tactics because they may prove vital for Dallas down the road.
All of this is to say flopping, diving and acting like an athletic Academy Award winner is nothing new, and it's certainly not going anywhere shortly.
Fans fond of soccer and basketball might have some advice for you NFL faithful: Get used to it.
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