Detroit Lions Get Tuck Ruled Out of a Win, NFL Sends in the Spin Doctors

Derrick DennisContributor ISeptember 13, 2010

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Zack Bowman #35 and Danieal Manning #38 of the Chicago Bears break up a pass intended for Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions during the NFL season opening game at Soldier Field on September 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 19-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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When I watched Calvin Johnson come down with that amazing grab at full speed, it was a touchdown. When I watched Calvin Johnson come down with that amazing grab in slow motion, it was a touchdown.When I watched Calvin Johnson come down with that amazing grab hours later on youtube, it was still a touchdown. Some people in the media are covering the NFL's ass and talking out of their own at the same time, meanwhile others are willing to call a spade a spade or in this case, a screw job, a screw job. The fact of the matter is no matter how you slice it Detroit got screwed, the rule is bad, enforcement of the rule is bad, and the TD was obvious. Had it been Tom Brady to Randy Moss or Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne then the the catch is a TD. Or maybe Drew Brees to Lance Moore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J0_WL06AAc feel free to take a look at that catch which was ruled perfectly fine then take another look at Calvin Johnson's CATCH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s_EPK9MtJE and tell me why the one that looked like more like a catch was ruled an incomplete pass while the other helped decide the winner of the super bowl.

I've got to say that the more I hear people try to explain why CJ's CATCH wasn't valid, the more valid I think it is. For those of you that don't know the rule Michael Schottey laid it all out in black and white (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/460242-detroit-lions-loss-to-chicago-bears-calvin-johnsons-fault-not-the-referees) although I disagree with his interpretation of it.

"A player who goes to the ground in the process of attempting to secure possession of a loose ball (with or without contact by a defender) must maintain control of the ball after he touches the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone.

"If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, there is no possession. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, it is a catch, interception or recovery."

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So after reading those rules I've got to say that when I watched Calvin Johnson come down with that amazing grab, it was a touchdown. Calvin Johnson jumps up (not dives) catches the football, gets both feet down, maintains control, falls on his butt, maintains control, still has the ball in one hand and seemingly tries to get up off the ground when he tosses or places it on the ground . If you look at the Lance Moore catch, Lance Moore bobbles the ball, Calvin never does and has complete possession of the ball on the endzone for far longer than Moore does. Unless somebody points out to me in the NFL rule book where it says Calvin Johnson must leave Chicago with the ball and maintain possession until the next morning when he's reading his Monday paper, it was a touchdown. This has nothing to do with being a Lions fan, Bears fan, Packers fan, Vikings fan, the call was blatantly wrong. This was actually worse than the tuck rule because even if you go by the rule book Detroit was robbed and fans of ANY team will tell you the same thing including Bear's fans. The NFL can do all the damage control it sees fit by having all these talking heads try to spin it to where the officials aren't at fault but it won't matter. To steal a quote from Okwerdz(rapper) "My argument is rebuttal proof because you can't rebuttal truth".

Moving on from the game being stolen from Detroit, why is it that Detroit was throwing up a prayer at the end of the game anyway? Well there are conservative game plans and then there are stupid ones. You want to run the ball a lot, fine but how about mixing it up? HB Dive, HB Dive, HB Dive, obviously wasn't getting the job done. I mean its basic football, play to your strengths and your opponents weaknesses. Why Scott Linehan looked at Tommy Harris, Julius Peppers, and Brain Urlacher and said "Were going to run right at them" is beyond me. Jahvid Best was our starting HB today not Jerome Bettis, Marion Barber, or Brandon Jacobs. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know Best would have had a better game running outside the tackles not between them. The guy has blazing speed so how about some pitch plays away from Peppers? How about some play action? How about putting an offense on the field that looks like it has a year of learning your system under its belt?

As for the defense, the defensive line played well and was for the most part as advertised. The Detroit Lions held up very well when the Bears tried to run the ball including a ferocious goal line stand where they denied the Chicago Bears of any points. On the other hand though the back seven played okay considering the position that the offense put them in. The defense was on the field all day and while they were hemorrhaging yards they held the Bears to under twenty one points. On the two big plays of the game for Chicago both were passes to running back Matt Forte. One was a screen pass which served as a dagger to Detroit/s heart right before half time and the other was a long pass to Forte as a result of Julian Peterson covering him with no help over the top. Chicago has average wide receivers and was a team playing their first game in a new system, the real tests for this defense lie ahead and it could end up being another long and frustrating season for the Lion's D.


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