Let’s assume, for now, that former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen doesn’t want to play for the Browns. Let’s also assume, for now, that the comments from former UCLA coach Jim Mora about Rosen are aimed at persuading the Browns not to draft Rosen — even if those remarks could scare away other teams, too.
Here’s what happens next: Anyone in the vicinity of the ball dives for it.
If the ruling on the field is overturned, the incomplete pass most likely becomes a completed pass and a fumble. Which most likely means that, if there’s a clear recovery by the defense, the defense will end up with the ball.
The league office did not respond to request for comment made on Friday morning as to whether that scenario would result in a change of possession, but as a source with thorough and extensive knowledge of the rules told PFT, “[They] would have to give it to the defense in that situation.”
While this won’t happen with a high degree of frequency, it definitely will happen. And if indisputable visual evidence of a third step or a reach/extension of the ball before the ball comes out, senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron will have no choice but to overturn the ruling of an incomplete pass to a completed pass and a fumble. Followed by a change of possession, if it’s clear that the defense recovered it.
“I’m telling you man, there’s a lot of good young football players that people don’t know about. Tedric Thompson was one of our best special-teams players this last year. He didn’t get to play much at strong safety. Kam [Chancellor] was one of our best special-teams players the first year he played. He didn’t get to play strong safety because Lawyer [Milloy] was here. Trust the process, man.”
Schneider is right. The same process that discovered Chancellor in round six and Sherman in round five and developed them into great players could do the same for Thompson and others who currently aren’t household names among those who dub themselves the 12s.
The difference this time, of course, is that the last time the Seahawks did this, the franchise hadn’t been on the heels of an extended period of stellar performances. This year, the Seahawks are making their most dramatic changes of the Pete Carroll/John Schneider era, in the first offseason after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011. It’s an experiment that will either work, or it won’t.