Philly Special? Maybe not. That is, if you believe the NFL’s former head of officiating, Mike Pereira. But for the time being, let’s file this one under: too late.
Remember the ‘Philly Special’ trick play, though? Remember when Nick Foles would catch a touchdown pass en route to a Super Bowl championship? What a play. But according to the former head of officiating, it shouldn’t have counted. Yes, it’s been over a week. But I guess there’s nothing else to talk about. Because this was discussed at length during and after the game. Alshon Jeffery checked with the official before lining up. And it appears, on that video, that he got the okay.
But Pereira doesn’t see it that way.
“I know the league came out and said that ita��s a judgment call,A�which it is. The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasna��t. They lined up wrong.”
That’s not all, however.
“Not only that, ita��s a trick play. And if youa��re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.”
It’s too late for tears, Mike. The ‘Philly Special’ will live on for generations to come. The infamous ‘Philly Special’, we shall call it. But there’s a little more.
“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But thata��s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. Ita��s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didna��t line up properly. And it really shoulda��ve been called.”
It’s always good to read ‘Ita��s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didna��t line up properly’A�in the same train of thought. I get it. But please, let’s not make something out of nothing. Especially more than a week after the Super Bowl.