Was it a fumble?
Although former NFL Director of Officiating Mike Pereira, without question, makes a compelling case on the Victor Cruz non-fumble call, I disagree with him. First, what is the rule?
Rule 7, Section 2, Article 1 (e) states that "an official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended when a runner is out of bounds or declares himself down by falling to the ground, or kneeling and making no effort to advance."
What is Pereira's take?
But in my opinion, Cruz slipped and stumbled and didn’t fall to the ground to give himself up. I think it should have been ruled a fumble. I just don’t see this as the normal way a player would give himself up.
He was clearly moving forward and gaining yardage when he went to the ground. I don’t think the rule was meant to protect him in this situation.
But then again, I had plenty time to look at several replays before forming my opinion. The officials on the field in Arizona had to make a split-second decision.
Based on the wording of this rule, the officials, in my opinion, made the correct call. After catching Manning's pass, Cruz tromped up field for approximately four more yards and fell down. Once he fell down on the turf, he was untouched. Despite being left untouched, he had no interest in getting upright. Subsequently, once on the ground, his body language showed no interest in prolonging this play. Therefore, taking all of this into account, the officials applied this rule satisfactorily. By the way, at the end of this video, you can see a back judge appear. Unfortunately, we do not have a vantage point of this official. Needless to say, the back judge had the best view of this play. If Cruz did not give himself up which Pereira sitting miles away from the scene thinks. Then the back judge, with a bird's eye view, would have called it the same way. And Giants head coach Tom Coughlin agrees with the officials, "I'm standing by the way the rule was interpreted by the officials. And if you look at the way that play took place, there's no question he was giving himself up, he was headed back to the huddle. I don't know how you could call it anything else."
Recent news: Giants WR Brandon Stokley was let go. In his place, the Giants signed former Colts reserve cornerback Justin Tryon. Additionally, quarterback Sage Rosenfels is gone too. And center David Baas' injury is not healing fast enough. As a result, the Giants signed center Jim Cordle off their practice squad.
As you look at the replay as Cruz was going down the ball was NOT coming out and he was down, the first Cardinal defender just threw him over,not just touch him, no fumble, the refs were right in their call.
I understand Cards fans being pissed : in my opinion, Cruz didn't know the rule that was applied, and made a huge mistake by not waiting for a Cardinal to touch him.
He was just damn lucky there was a rule to save his a$$.
Yet it was the right call as he clearly showed no intention of gaining any kind of yards.
I don't know if that's clear ...
More roster moves to come as 53+Tryon+Cordle-Stokley = 54.
We also signed Selvish Caper, a RT, to the PS.
From multiple sources Caldwell wanted to make Tryon his starting CB but the owner there I had other plans.
I find this whole "controversy" really stupid. If I am a Cardinals fan and I am pissed about this, I am an idiot. It's not like the Cardinals did anything to earn the fumble... it's not like they made any kind of play. If they had knocked the ball out, or made an interception, or there had been a "tuck rule" type incident, then I would understand the outrage. But clearly the Cardinals did nothing to deserve a turnover.
Stupid, pointless controversy.
Cardinals deserved to lose, period. If they had WON due to something this stupid THAT would have been the crime, not the other way around.