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In Sunday's win vs. San Diego, a crucial moment came just before the half when the Chargers scored and then had the extra point blocked by Asa Jackson. Not only was there essentially minutes of comedy (to the Raven fan) in viewing the protests of the Charger sideline at seeing his head start, but in retrospect, there is amazement at how #27 got the jump he did with no penalty. Hint: It was legal! We'll break it down with this week's Frame-by-Frame after the jump.
I'm not going to be shy about it; I lobbied for Asa Jackson to be re-signed when the Ravens released him. At the time I said, "I think he will bless this team." Well, thus far he has been responsible for 8 points to the Ravens advantage: he blocked a punt vs. Arizona last week, which was promptly turned into a score from the 1 yard line, and then he blocked the extra point vs. San Diego this past Sunday which enabled the Ravens to tie the game with a FG.
Upon looking more closely, it appears that he discovered a caveat to the Charger's particular snap game that would enable him to get a head start on the line, legally.
AS has been my trend this season, I start out with the NFL Rulebook, defining the crucial portion of our topic: the Snap.
Actually, one cannot blame the San Diego bench, There was no way that their vantage point from the bench could synch up Asa's timing and the beginning of the snap. To be clear, the beginning of the snap is when a player is legally able to advance: