15 Oct 2009
Hey, I have a quick NFL rule/fantasy question and I wanted to see what some of ya'll thought. I will keep it short as possible:
In the Monday night (10/13) game I think the NFL is not properly crediting a sack. The reason I think this is happening is b/c it was Ricky Williams. No, I am not as high as Ricky or not know who he is but when R. Williams and R. Brown line up in the Wildcat they assume a QB position designation.
The definition of a quarterback according to the NFL: "quarterback (QB): an offensive player who lines up behind the center, and takes a direct snap and then has the option of either passing, handing off or running himself."
The NFL rules also state that a QB must be present as part of the 11 man offensive unit same as you must have a LT, RT, etc. - and Henne was not on the field when Ricky ran the Wildcat. If you don't count Ricky/Ronnie as QB's then Miami plays most of their football without a QB even on the field.
There is also precedent for treating Ricky Williams as a QB in the Wildcat because in 2008 the NFL assigned a “sack” to Ricky Williams’s official stat line which can be seen here: http://www.nfl.com/players/rickywilliams/careerstats?id=WIL271115
So he can definitely "be sacked" and the sack was for a “0 yard loss” according to official NFL stats.
Why does all of this matter?
Last night on 2nd and 7 in the 3rd quarter with around 12:14 left, Ricky Williams was tackled for no gain after taking a direct snap from the center in the shotgun formation. http://espn.go.com/nfl/playbyplay?gameId=291012015&period=0
I didn’t know if a tackle of the qb for no gain was a sack until I saw this article from last February about how an editor at Football Outsiders.com helped Docket get a sack. The story is here : http://www.footballoutsiders.com/extra-points/2009/after-change-dockett-...
As well as on the official NFL.com blog here: http://blogs.nfl.com/2009/02/05/stat-change-gives-dockett-share-of-super...
But the NFL did not credit Jets safety Kerry Rhodes with a sack on the play and has yet to correct it.
From a fantasy perspective the implications of this could be huge. I actually tied last week and given the sack would win by 1pt.
Looking forward to see what you guys think
3 replies , Last at 24 Oct 2009, 6:51pm by Raiderjoe