Although NFL officials should have the same post-game media requirements that players and coaches fulfill (except when they choose not to) Jacob McQuaide Color Rush Jersey , the league periodically makes a referee available to a pool reporter after a call, or a non-call, that cries out for in-the-moment explanation from the person who made, or didn’t make, it.On Saturday night, the league made referee John Parry available to Sam Farmer of the regarding a very questionable decision to blow dead a play late in the first half, when Parry concluded that Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was in the grasp and control of a tackler.The decision was questionable only because Prescott was in the grasp not of a tackle but of a teammate.“From my view the quarterback鈥檚 progress had stopped moving forward,” Parry said. “There were hands around him and another defender was coming, so we went in the grasp to protect the quarterback.”Again, the “hands around him” belonged to a teammate, not a tackler.“In the grasp is designed to protect the quarterback,” Parry said, reiterating that Prescott was “no longer moving forward.”So was his forward progress stopped, or was he in the grasp?“Hands around the quarterback from my view Johnny Hekker Jersey ,” Parry said.Neither principle applies where the offensive player has a teammate’s arms around him. The “in the grasp” rule doesn’t, as made obvious by the plain language of the rule: “The Referee must blow the play dead as soon as the passer is clearly in the grasp and control of any tackler behind the line, and the passer鈥檚 safety is in jeopardy.”Prescott’s teammate wasn’t a tackler, so Prescott couldn’t have been “in the grasp.” While the rule book doesn’t have similar clarity regarding whether a teammate can sufficiently impede the ball carrier’s forward progress to end a play, clarity isn’t needed because at some point common sense takes over.Here’s what Parry should have said: “Because it’s so rare to see a quarterback in the grasp of a teammate, I accidentally concluded that the arms around the quarterback belonged to a tackler. With another defender closing in, I blew the whistle in order to protect the quarterback.”Parry should have said that because that’s most likely the truth. The sooner the NFL embraces the truth in situations like this, the sooner the NFL will dissuade the tin-foil hat crowd from suspecting (as they currently do) that last night’s game was rigged in favor of boosting the fortunes of the predominant team in the nation’s No. 2 market.Games aren’t rigged. They just aren’t. But people think they are rigged from time to time, and unsatisfying explanations for questionable calls made at key moments of a game that remains in doubt become circumstantial evidence for those who think the line has blurred between the NFL and WWE. Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Reggie Ragland summed the Los Angeles Rams’ starting running back perfectly: “Todd Gurley is different, man,” he said, according to the Kansas City Star’s Lynn Worthy. Fellow linebacker Anthony Hitchens told the Star that in order to stop Gurley, the Chiefs have to limit him in space:Gurley is different (man), and he just might be the difference in Monday’s game. Everyone is talking about the arms race with Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff Lamarcus Joyner Color Rush Jersey , and rightfully so. However, this game is going to come down to which defense makes more stops. More accurately, it’s going to come down which defense makes THE stop because with offenses likes these, there won’t be many defensive stops. With Gurley in the backfield, the Chiefs’ could have a slim chance of being the defense with the most stops.Space and screensThis is just Jared Goff taking full advantage of what the defense is giving him. On the fake handoff, the defense shifts away from the right sideline, which could be up to lack of awareness by the linebacker here. The defensive back is taken out of the area with coverage of Robert Woods, which helps Gurley gain 20 yards on the short pass. If it’s not the short pass outside the tackles, it’s the screen pass where Gurley is a threat to the pass-defense. According to ESPN, the Rams are one of the best teams in the league when it comes to gaining big yards off the screen pass(As are the Chiefs — CC: Rams defense). A little help from his friends Gurley’s production is a testament to not only his talent as a football player. but the work that his teammates do. Gurley plays behind a Top 5 offensive line and receives often-unnoticed help from LA’s wide receivers and tight ends in the passing game. Look at that hole, it’s as big as the one in my heart. Granted, the holes are never going to be that big on every play. But even when they aren’t, the Rams offensive line does a great job of giving Gurley just enough of a lane to gain yards and do his thing to get to the second level. Tyler Higbee gets a lot of flack for not being a solid blocking tight end and that’s warranted. But he is a great asset when it comes to setting the picks in the passing game. He can’t always hold off a defensive end, but he can make “accidental” contact with a linebacker to derail coverage on Gurley.The Rams have sent Gurley out as a receiver quite a few times this year. On this play — which went for 32 yards — Higbee runs a comeback route and sets a perfect pick for Gurley , who makes an amazing catch with tight coverage inches from the sideline. Gurley actually catches the ball when it bounces off the defenders arm, making it a great heads-up play, too. Again, Higbee sets up another great pick by accidentally making contact with the Packers’ linebacker, who would have picked up Gurley on the play as he was following Goff’s eyes prior to contact with Higbee. Gurley gets 30 yards and a touchdown. To stop Gurley, you need to be aware of where he is goingThe New Orleans defense did a great job containing Gurley as a rusher and a receiver. He finished the Week 9 game with 68 yards rushing and just 11 yards receiving. The Saints were aware of Gurley throughout the game. Here, the Rams run their sweep-pass (it’s recorded as a pass but whatever) and New Orleans recognizes it from the get-go. The Chiefs will need the best from their front seven if they want to have a chance at beating the Rams and Gurley, because their pass-defense is horrible. It ranks dead-last in the league for overall passing defense, allowing a league-high 2,890 total passing yards and the 5th-most passing yards-a-game (289).