The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have cost themselves a win on Sunday by taking a delay of game penalty at a horrible time, and there have been some questions about whether they were cheated by an error with the play clock. Head coach Todd Bowles says his team has asked the NFL for clarification.
The Bucs were trailing the Green Bay Packers 14-6 when Tom Brady found Russell Gage in the end zone with 14 seconds remaining. That cut Green Bay’s lead to 14-12, forcing the Buccaneers to attempt a 2-point conversion. They made life more difficult for themselves by not getting the snap off in time, which pushed them from the 2-yard line to the 7-yard line. Green Bay then came up with a big stop.
Many were stunned that a Tom Brady-led offense would make a mistake like that at such a crucial point in the game. However, some fans noticed that only 20 seconds elapsed from the time the whistle blew signaling that the play clock should start until the time the clock expired. The play clock is usually set to 25 seconds before a 2-point conversion attempt. You can see a video of the sequence in question here.
So what happened? One social media account that is typically excellent with explaining officiating issues offered an explanation.
Following a touchdown, the 40 sec clock runs as soon as the touchdown signal is dropped. If replay has not confirmed the score, the play clock will hold at 20, and resume on the ready for play. Teams well aware of this mechanic and has been in place for a few years https://t.co/3KwPgY0a3q
Gage fell to the ground as he caught the touchdown pass from Brady, which would explain why it may have taken a little extra time for replay to confirm the score. When more than 40 seconds passes before the touchdown is confirmed, teams are given 20 seconds instead of 25.
Bowles told reporters on Monday that the Bucs have sent the play to the NFL for clarification. Like Brady, he did not blame the play clock and said Tampa Bay needs to do a better job of executing.
#Bucs HC Todd Bowles comments on the play clock issue during the 2-point conversion where one clock had 20 seconds and the other had 25.
Sep 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Mac Jones suffered an ankle injury toward the end of the New England Patriots’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, and it sounds like the quarterback is going to miss some time.
Jones underwent an X-ray following the game that came back negative. While that was good news, Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Monday that additional tests revealed Jones suffered a “pretty severe” high ankle sprain. He is seeking a second opinion but will likely miss the Patriots’ upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers.
Tests confirmed #Patriots QB Mac Jones suffered a "pretty severe" high ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the #Ravens, sources tell me and @RapSheet.
The hope is Jones won't need surgery. Timetable still TBD but hard to imagine he plays this week vs. the #Packers.
The Patriots had plenty of chances to beat the Ravens, but turnovers killed them. Jones went 22/32 for 321 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. If he is unable to play in Week 3 and beyond, veteran Brian Hoyer will start in his place.
Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the final pick of the 2021 NFL Draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL has explored numerous ways to make the Pro Bowl more interesting in recent years, and the league is hoping the major changes it announced on Monday will help accomplish that goal.
The Pro Bowl will now officially be known as “The Pro Bowl Games,” according to a press release from the NFL. Those games will include various skill competitions throughout the week in Las Vegas and then end with a flag football game. The competitions during the week will allow players to showcase both their football and non-football skills.
Peyton Manning and his Omaha Productions have reached an agreement with the NFL and will play a big role in delivering content for the Pro Bowl Games to fans. Manning will also be part of the coaching staff for the AFC vs. NFC flag football game.
Flag football has been an area of focus for the NFL in recent years and has helped with globally expanding the game. The hope is that the Pro Bowl changes will help further that.
The biggest issue with the Pro Bowl was that everything looked like a regular NFL game until the ball was snapped. The formations were the same and the players were dressed the same. Once the ball was in play, you realized you were watching something entirely different from an NFL game. A flag football game should be far more interesting than a watered-down version of tackle football.
Dec 30, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) looks on before a game against the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy had a heated exchange on the field just before halftime during Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, and one former Chiefs player was not at all surprised to see it.
The Chiefs decided to play things safe to close out the first half after they got the ball at their own 46 with 30 seconds left. A holding call pushed them back to the 36 and they had no timeouts, so Bieniemy called a run play to let the clock expire. Mahomes obviously wanted to be more aggressive, and cameras showed him confronting Bieniemy. Head coach Andy Reid had to step in to calm Mahomes down. You can see the video here.
LeSean McCoy, who played for the Chiefs for one season in 2019, was quick to criticize Bieniemy. He wrote on Instagram that the OC frequently argues with players and knows nothing about play-calling.
McCoy was past his prime during his lone season with the Chiefs. He obviously felt like Bieniemy did not utilize him properly, so his opinion could be a bit biased. Still, he is right that there are reasons Bieniemy has not landed a head coaching job. It is certainly possible that his attitude toward players is one of them.
For what it’s worth, Mahomes’ frustration may have been justified. The Chiefs were leading 14-10 at the time and he wanted to go for more point. They ended up losing 20-17.
Aug 21, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Shannon Sharpe ripped Jerry Jeudy during Sunday night’s game between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, and the young wide receiver was not having it.
Jeudy and the rest of Denver’s offense struggled in their ugly 11-10 win over the Niners. The former first-round pick was targeted six times and caught just two passes for 17 yards. He also dropped a deep ball over the middle that might have resulted in a touchdown. Sharpe took to Twitter after that play to criticize Jeudy, and Jeudy fired back with a strong insult.
Jeudy deleted his response, but you can see a screenshot below:
Sharpe is a Broncos legend and Hall of Fame tight end, which could be why Jeudy thought better of his tweet. Though, we’re guessing there are a lot of other players in Denver who are unhappy with the way Sharpe has been blasting his former team.
The Broncos have been a complete mess on offense through the first three weeks of the Russell Wilson era. Head coach Nathaniel Hackett appears to be in over his head. Still, they are 2-1 and have a lot of time to turn things around.
Jimmy Garoppolo committed a totally embarrassing move during Sunday night’s game between his San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos.
The Niners were leading the Broncos 7-3 and had a 1st-and-10 from their 2 early in the third quarter after Denver pinned them near the end zone. On first down, Jeff Wilson Jr. ran for no gain. On the following play, Garoppolo was under pressure and completely lost track of where he was.
Garoppolo inadvertently stepped out of the back of the end zone for a safety as he was planting his feet to throw.
Immediately, NBC announcer Mike Tirico pointed out that Garoppolo had pulled a Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky is notorious for running out the back of the end zone in a 2008 loss against the Vikings. The funny part about Orlovsky’s blunder was just how completely unaware he was, and how far back he was.
Sep 23, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches play on the sidelines during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Shanahan apparently has been somewhat limited with what he would like to do with the 49ers’ offense this season.
The 49ers opened up their game on Sunday night at Denver with a few runs by Jeff Wilson Jr., including one that went for 37 yards. Late in the first quarter, San Francisco followed up an 18-yard catch by Deebo Samuel with a couple of short runs by Wilson.
The sequence led NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth to talk about how Shanahan has been limited by injuries in what he would like to do.
“He has almost no depth whatsoever at the running back position,” Collinsworth said of Shanahan. “He would love to get into some of these 2-back sets. But he doesn’t want to put Deebo Samuel back there all the time. And he doesn’t want to run Jeff Wilson all the time because he just doesn’t think physically he’s going to be able to hold up to that kind of carry load.”
Both Elijah Mitchell and rookie Tyrion Davis-Price are out with injuries. That has left Wilson to carry the load. Jordan Mason is handling backup duties, while the team signed Marlon Mack off the street to chip in.
Wilson is in his fifth season with the team and has the most experience in their backfield. Samuel is great to give some carries to, but the Niners don’t want to necessarily overwork him. That has resulted in the Niners’ current offensive situation.