Defending Bobby McCray: Why Someone Needs To Put a Stop To the Madness

Matthew SmithCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to pass against Scott Fujita #55 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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I have been in a two hour disagreement about the controversial no call on the "Brady Rule" in the NFC championship game. While I will agree the officiating was very poor in the game (and that goes both ways, not just against the Vikings), I am sick and tired of people just ripping into Bobby McCray. It started on this website in a debate over whether or not a penalty should have been called on McCray for hitting Brett Favre below the knees.

Obviously its been debated since the game ended last night, but when Jim Stoddard directed me to a link written by a CBS reporter. I read even more outlandish things on CBS's website. 

Now the man who wrote that article is entitled to his opinion (for the record so are you Jim if you read this). But what I am talking about is several people calling McCray a "dirty" player and then citing two examples, one of which makes no sense.

First, Let's get rid of the one that doesn't make any sense. Someone on CBS decided to call McCray "dirty" because of his hit last weekend on Arizona Cardinal QB Kurt Warner. I believe any true football fan with a brain will agree with me, that was a legal block on the interception. So put that one to bed

Now on to the controversial one, the hit last night on Brett Favre. A few points that I would like to get across, one if you go and watch a replay McCray is blocked and pushed in the direction of Favre. Second, he does disengage from that block before making contact with Favre, however, if you watch the replay, he does not lunge at Farve's knees, but its more like a crawl and wrap. Here is "Note two" of the rule dubbed the "Brady Rule:" It is not a foul if the defender swipes, wraps, or grabs a passer in the knee area or below in an attempt to tackle him. 

So should a penalty have been called in this situation, who knows, Vikings fans say yes, Saints fans say no. To me it looked as if McCray was pushed in the general direction of Favre, then in an attempt to tackle him grabbed him around his legs which is not a penalty. The reason Favre was hurt is because he was hit up top at nearly the same time.

I agree with this call, but again I realize that there were a few questionable at best calls. I just wanted to come to the defense of Bobby McCray since it seems people have gotten out of hand in viciously attacking him.

Also, if someone is going to give evidence as to why a flag should have been thrown, then at least make it video evidence. In that same CBS article I referenced earlier, the author uses a picture showing McCray grabbing Favre's legs, which doesn't show him actually forcibly hitting Favre.