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Thread: Pete Morelli and his crew were at it again yesterday...

  1. Pete Morelli and his crew were at it again yesterday...

    During Eagles @ Lions yesterday, after a play in which Qunadre Diggs stripped the ball away from Jordan Matthews and the ball went out of bounds, the officials threw a flag for an ineligible offensive player downfield.

    As Matthews turned upfield, the ball was stripped by Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs, flying out of bounds. It was close enough that there would clearly be a review, but there was also a flag on the field.

    After a quick conference, referee Pete Morelli called the Eagles for an ineligible man downfield, negating the potential reception. The infraction was called against No. 98, which made no sense, since No. 98 on the Eagles is defensive player Connor Barwin, who naturally wasn’t on the field at the time.

    But, without warning, the officials on the sidelines began moving the first down markers and Morelli announced the play was under review. What? Why?

    Well, you’re not going to believe the reason.

    Apparently, in a momentary lapse, one of the officials forgot which team was on offense and threw the flag on Lions defensive end Devin Taylor, No. 98.

    “Yes, the ineligible receiver that they called downfield was Devin Taylor,” coach Jim Caldwell said after the game. “Then he realized that he called it on Devin and said that’s why they picked the flag up.”

    Replays confirm the Eagles did not have an ineligible receiver downfield. The only blocker who got beyond the line of scrimmage, right guard Brandon Brooks (No. 79, in case you were wondering), was within the legal one-yard zone when Wentz released the pass.

    By picking up the flag, the reception went to review, where it was determined Matthews had established possession prior to the fumble. That gave the Eagles a fresh set of downs at the Lions 38-yard line and they were able to eventually net a field goal before the end of the half, cutting the Lions’ lead to 21-10.
    Workin' on mysteries without any clues

  2. Totally believable coming from Morelli & company.
    Workin' on mysteries without any clues


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