Anyone watching Sunday's tilt between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals saw some truly bizarre happenings, from the opening kick off return for a TD to a game sealing punt block for a TD in OT. Yet one thing that stuck with me was how asinine the tuck rule is and I'll explain why.
Late in the 2nd quarter with Dallas backed up in their own end and trailing by seven, the Cardinals got to Tony Romo in the endzone and what at the very least should've been a safety and at most a fumble recovery for a TD to make it a 14-0 game instead was overruled because Romo "tucked" the ball in. This in my mind sets a poor precedent, essentially telling QB's if you're in such a situation, just act as though you're tucking the ball away as to avoid a safety, TD or change of possession.
If I'm the NFL competition committee I would seriously look into changing this rule, that if you're the quarterback and the intention is to tuck the ball away while in the endzone while in the grasp of a defender, that the result of the play is a safety.
In another observation from this game did anyone else smile a little bit when Ken Whisenhunt called a time out and got burned on the final field goal kick to send the game to OT? Have to love it when these coaches get to thinking they're so cute.
Actually Whisenhunt with two time outs remaining would've looked like a genius had he called time out before the Cowboys clocked the ball, given one of his defenders was hurt and couldn't get back across the line of scrimmage. Hence the Cowboys would've been forced to kick a 57 yarder rather than the 52 from having the five yard offside penalty tacked on, enabling Nick Folk to boot the game tying score.
Considering that the Cowboys appropriately played the Cardinals, is it fair to say they aren't who many "thought they were?"