Link: Pickett fake slide leads to touchdown, should this be addressed with a rule?

bamamc1

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And that should not be legal, if safety is the goal (not to mention fair play and sportsmanship).
Two calls from last night standout to me: A third down play where I think Bolden made the line to gain and we ended up punting in the 2nd half. Sanders suffered what looked to be a concussion on a clear helmet to helmet hit. Good ole’ Gary can say what he wants, but if those 2 plays would have occurred and we were the benefactor, he would have raised hell.
 

colbysullivan

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Two calls from last night standout to me: A third down play where I think Bolden made the line to gain and we ended up punting in the 2nd half. Sanders suffered what looked to be a concussion on a clear helmet to helmet hit. Good ole’ Gary can say what he wants, but if those 2 plays would have occurred and we were the benefactor, he would have raised hell.
Slade clearly made the 1st down. I was shocked they didn’t review it, and the commentators didn’t even mention it. The hit on Sanders was targeting.
 

tusks_n_raider

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This is the type of thing that makes me debate internally if I'm a good person or not...lol

This is some BUSH LEAGUE stuff....like EXTREMELY unsportsmanlike.

It's not creative or saavy or heads up.

Defenders are now engrained with the fact they HAVE to pull up and basically stop competing when the QB begins that Slide motion.

It's a 🐔 :poop: play from a 🐔:poop: QB who is intentionally taking advantage of a rule that is supposed to protect him because of his specific position.

All this does is make me want to see a Michigan State Defender get ejected for DE-CLEATING this punk in the Peach Bowl the next time he leaves the pocket.

I don't care if he goes for a slide or not or if the Defender Targets him or not.

I want to see Pickett on the ground with his helmet side ways and stuffed with dirt and grass.

I will be a huge Sparty fan on Dec 30th
 

rolltide_21

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Few will like this but the answer is to remove the ludicrous 'slide' rule. QB tucks and runs and he's fair game like any other player. Don't wanna take the hit? Get OOB or don't run it.

That removes subjectivity from the rule and disallows that sort of garbage play.
I’m with you 100% on this issue. But I’m also ok with the play. Smart to use the rules to your advantage whether I like it or not.
 

Krymsonman

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Few will like this but the answer is to remove the ludicrous 'slide' rule. QB tucks and runs and he's fair game like any other player. Don't wanna take the hit? Get OOB or don't run it.

That removes subjectivity from the rule and disallows that sort of garbage play.
I'll second this suggestion.
 

spidermayin

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Should be the same penalty as calling for a fair catch and then trying to run the ball. I think that's unsportsmanlike conduct. I don't recall this ever happening. I am sure we would have seen a highlight of it if it did happen before. They have to update to rules to make that a penalty before next year. I do agree this is a bush league move by the QB. I think it's analogous to a MMA fighter going for the friendly fist bump to start a round and then faking that to knock the other guy out.
 
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Redwood Forrest

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I think there has to be something done, this was an intentional egregious misuse of this theme of keeping quarterbacks safe. I agree with the idea that it was a brilliant play by Pickett, but you can’t discount the defenders having to pull up to avoid a penalty. I remember Kordell Stewart do the same heading for the sidelines and then cut up field.

Thoughts?
I remember Manning running full speed down the sideline twice and then stepping out just before he was hit. He got two first downs that way with the penalty. Something should definitely be down about these things.
 
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Ole Man Dan

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Yeah the play is supposed to be dead where the QB initiates the slide. He initiated the slide clearly and the defenders slowed up, as they’ve been taught to do over the last decade plus.
Bending that rule ought to be a violation. A 10 yard penalty might stop the people from faking a slide.
Maybe it's just me but the guys faking a injury then coming back in one play later ought to be flagged with a 10 yard penalty.
(Guy I worked with would have said: 'That ll break em from sucking eggs')
 

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As long as the QB slide rule is still in place, this has to be addressed. The defense is trying to avoid taking a cheap shot on the QB for a 15-yard penalty. The QB is taking advantage of the rule and putting the defenders in an impossible situation; they either take a 15-yard penalty or watch him run for a TD unopposed. It's a cheap and dirty play and something has to be done.
 
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Cruloc

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This is very similar to the bad call in the Miss. State vs Memphis game. Returner called for a fair catch but the refs let him run for a TD and counted it.....after the defenders had let up because he called for a fair catch. MSU lost that game by that TD.

Refs should have blown that Pitt play dead and marked it where he was.
 

UntouchableCrew

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Few will like this but the answer is to remove the ludicrous 'slide' rule. QB tucks and runs and he's fair game like any other player. Don't wanna take the hit? Get OOB or don't run it.

That removes subjectivity from the rule and disallows that sort of garbage play.
This is without question my view but it will never happen. They aren't going to make any rule changes that appear to make the game "less safe."
 
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BamaMoon

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I haven't read the responses, but in one word, YES!

I'm not the biggest fan of how the targeting is being enforced, so I obviously think a QB should NEVER be allowed to do this and get away with it!