With Mike Pereira now appearing in his own personal Fox box now every Sunday, there’s a new sheriff in the National Football League and his name is Carl Johnson.
The new vice president of officiating joined us in Pereira’s old “NFL Total Access” spot for the first time Wednesday and reviewed one play specifically for NFL.com: the 15-yard excessive celebration penalty called on Dallas offensive lineman Marc Colombo. Colombo hit the turf after chest bumping with Jason Witten to celebrate the Cowboys game-tying score with Tennessee.
In my mind, it was a classic case of officials — at any level, mind you — calling something too literally. From my seat, Colombo clearly didn’t intend to hit the ground. If it violated the league’s rules preventing a player from going to the ground as part of a celebration, it only did so by the letter of the law not the spirit of it.
So we hit Carl up for his thoughts and, as expected, he saw things differently. It was the first agree-to-disagree moment in what I hope becomes another beautiful friendship between me and the Top Zebra In All The Land. Because, it’s still a key part of my own personal crusade to get the Tuck Rule banned and I need all the friends I can get. Phen375 reviews.
At any rate, here’s the video. As always, let me know your thoughts.