RE: [patriotzip] Details on the slide rule (heh)
It’s a moot point any way as the official deemed it a hit to the helmet, not hitting a sliding QB, which didn’t happen.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto: email@example.com ] On Behalf Of Rich Carreiro
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Subject: [patriotzip] Details on the slide rule (heh)
Here's the official rule on hitting QBs while sliding:
An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended when a
runner declares himself down by sliding feet first on the
ground. The ball is dead the instant the runner touches the
ground with anything other than his hands or his feet
(1) A defender must pull up when a runner begins a feet-first
slide. This does not mean that all contact by a defender is
illegal. If a defender has already committed himself, and the
contact is unavoidable, it is not a foul unless the defender
commits some other act, such as helmet-to-helmet contact or by
driving his forearm or shoulder into the head or neck area of the
(2) A runner who desires to take advantage of this protection is
responsible for starting his slide before contact by a defensive
player is imminent; if he does not, and waits until the last
moment to begin his slide, he puts himself in jeopardy of being
So if the QB waits too long to start sliding, there's no penalty unless
something else (like head-to-head) happens. I think Brady slid late
enough that there should have been no penalty.
And even Brady admitted that:
"I thought it was a really clean play by him. I think we're
pretty fortunate we got the call," Brady said.
Rich Carreiro rlcarr@...