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Final-play confusion confuses Vitt
By Kathleen Nelson
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Monday, Nov. 28 2005
The Rams still aren't sure what all the fuss was about on the last play of the
game. Not that they're complaining.
Officials gathered for almost three minutes after Kevin Curtis' reception and
dash for a 56-yard touchdown in overtime that gave the Rams a 33-27 victory
over the Houston Texans.
"I still haven't had a ruling on any of that," interim head coach Joe Vitt said
Monday. "When Kevin caught the ball, the first thing I did when I saw him break
the second line of defense was I looked back and saw no flags. So I don't know
what the discussion was. We were all just kind of mingling to see what the
final verdict was and they said it was a touchdown. It sounded good to me. I
was getting off the field."
Vitt said linebacker Trev Faulk was standing near the referees as they
conferred. "He said there was some discussion that we had an illegal
formation," Vitt said. "Well, we went back and checked today. We were legal in
everything we did. We saw no flags, so I really don't know what the discussion
Starting job in question
Vitt hinted that he had yet to decide who would earn the starting job at middle
linebacker for Sunday's game against Washington. Trev Faulk earned his first
start against the Texans, replacing Chris Claiborne. Faulk was credited with
six tackles on defense, one on special teams Sunday.
"He's got to work on some technique things now, got to play with a better pad
level, better footwork," Vitt said. "But we got more production out of that
position yesterday. We haven't shut the door on Chris. Chris is going to get
more work next week. We're going to do whatever we can to put our best 11
players on both sides of the ball out there. We're going to judge that on how
they do in practice. If you perform well in practice, then you're going to get
the chance to play. If not, it's the next guy's turn."
An MRI showed no damage to the left hamstring or right hip of tackle Orlando
Pace. Pace was slowed by the injuries last week and left the game Sunday in the
Vitt said he hoped three players who missed the game in Houston because of
concussions, safety Adam Archuleta, guard Blaine Saipaia and cornerback DeJuan
Groce, would return Sunday. Groce and Saipaia "should be OK," Vitt said, though
he noted that Archuleta had visited a specialist in Los Angeles last week.
Cornerback Travis Fisher, who has missed three games because of a groin injury,
was scheduled to work out today.
Vitt awarded game balls to wide receiver Isaac Bruce, quarterback Ryan
Fitzpatrick, kicker Jeff Wilkins and defensive line coach Bill Kollar, who
celebrated his birthday Sunday.
Bruce's milestones warranted special attention in a team meeting Monday. He
caught four passes for 94 yards with one touchdown and became the 11th player
in NFL history with 12,000 or more receiving yards. The TD catch was the 77th
of Bruce's career and earned him 20th place on the league's career touchdown
reception list. Bruce has 796 receptions in his career and needs four to pass
Charlie Joiner for 10th place on the all-time list.
"Just a phenomenal career for Isaac Bruce," Vitt said. "It's special for me
because I was with him 10 years ago in L.A. when we drafted him. He's a better
person than he is a player. If you look at the play made yesterday when we had
a turnover and he strips the ball-carrier. We regain possession and score.
That's just the kind of guy he is."
Re: Final-play confusion confuses Vitt"But we got more production out of that position yesterday.
Speaking of officials:
The most inconsistent BS calls in the NFL:
1) Offsides on the kickoff
2) Lining up in the neutral zone or offsides by the DL.
Re: Final-play confusion confuses Vitt
The fact of the matter is that the refs couldn't figure out a way to prevent the TXums from choking more miserably than Bill the Cat.
What you were watching was attempted grand theft larceny with a conspiracy specification. One of those refs lost a bundle with his bookie with that Texan size collapse.
Re: Final-play confusion confuses VittOriginally Posted by adarian_too
Yes indeed!...............nfl's on this team for some reason!
Re: Final-play confusion confuses Vitt
Isaac Bruce had a very big day. He had a key touchdown and a very critical play which eliminated the interception. The game would have been very different if the Texans had kept the ball at that point in the game.
Isaac Bruce deserved a game ball.[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Re: Final-play confusion confuses VittThe game would have been very different if the Texans had kept the ball at that point in the game.