Sunday, September 20, 2009
Clarifying fair catch controversy
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A quick clarification on the call that seemed to undo a Titans’ takeaway.
Jason McCourty held up as Jacoby Jones waved for a fair catch deep in Texans' territory, but when the return man bobbled the ball, McCourty grabbed it.
All of LP Field thought it was Titans ball. But referee Walt Coleman call it interference with the opportunity to make the catch.
Steve Tasker, an expert special teamer in his day, did well to clarify on the CBS broadcast.
He said once a returner signals for a fair catch, he’s entitled to the ball until it hits the ground. If he’s right in his interpretation, the call was correct. Though Jeff Fisher knows it inside and out and sure was upset.
Craig Hentrich left the game hurt and it looked bad but he’s now walking around.