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Penalty question

Discussion in 'The Tiger's Den' started by tigerace, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. tigerace

    tigerace Veteran Member

    Can anyone tell me why the first quarter early snap that hit Mettenbetger was ruled a fumble vs illegal procedure? Mettenbetger was moving forward when the ball was snapped. There was too much cursing going on in my house to hear any explanation from the announcers.
     
  2. LaSalleAve

    LaSalleAve when in doubt, mumble

    we had that same discussion. I thought it should have been a dead ball, but I think it's only blown dead if it's a false start not illegal motion.
     
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  3. shane0911

    shane0911 Veteran Member Staff Member

    They did call the penalty, it was declined and the gumps got the ball.
     
  4. LaSalleAve

    LaSalleAve when in doubt, mumble

    Right but isn't it supposed to be blown dead? I've seen interceptions called back because of false starts before.
     
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  5. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

    Y'all are observant. And lasalle is correct. Motion is not a deadball foul. Procedure is.
     
  6. shane0911

    shane0911 Veteran Member Staff Member

    One would think, it was in the land of the gump so who knows.
     
  7. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

    Moving forward is a motion penalty hence it want blown dead.
     
  8. TigerBacker70

    TigerBacker70 I'm the Cock of the Walk!

    False start only applies to players on the line of scrimmage who must be set for at least one second at the snap. Anyone in the backfield can move, but may not be moving toward the line of scrimmage at the time the ball is snapped. This ain't Canada. The play was called correctly. Illegal motion does not kill the play. And it can be declined.
     
  9. tigerace

    tigerace Veteran Member

    Thanks. I guess i did not know the difference between illegal procedure and illegal motion.
     

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