NFL source suggests intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was erroneous
An NFL source suggested Kirk Cousins should not have been penalized for intentional grounding Sunday. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
The NFL apparently believes a key intentional grounding call made against Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins during Sunday’s deflating loss at New Orleans was erroneous.
A judgment call such as that is not subject to instant replay scrutiny during a game and cannot be reversed, under the NFL’s rules governing the use of replay. But officials are graded and judged by the league on the accuracy of the calls they make and future assignments can be affected.
Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs, said in a conference call with reporters later Monday morning that teams regularly express displeasure with a particular call or calls and those conversations with the league’s officiating department are private.
Lockhart cited the provision of the rule that a quarterback be facing an imminent threat of being sacked, and said: That is a judgment call. In the judgment of the referee here, it was. And he threw the flag.
Helfrich praised Trubisky as a coachable quarterback. The new OC also sees a lot of similarities between Trubisky and quarterback Marcus Mariota, whom Helfrich helped develop at Oregon.
Mitchell has a tight release, Helfrich said, via the Chicago Tribune. He’s an accurate passer. They also have a couple of things similar that make them inaccurate. Their feet take them out of position. I sense from talking to a couple of offensive linemen, and this was unsolicited, when your offensive linemen are talking about how hard your quarterback works, that’s a great sign.
Helfrich spent Mariota’s freshman year at Oregon as the OC and quarterbacks coach under Chip Kelly. Helfrich then took over as head coach for Mariota’s final two seasons in Eugene.