Marshall’s hit was clean

Posted by Darren Urban on September 14, 2011 – 5:17 pm

Well, coach Ken Whisenhunt was looking for clarification on the penalty flag thrown on cornerback Richard Marshall — the one play in which Marshall was called for unnecessary roughness when he hit quarterback Cam Newton shoulder-to-shoulder, forcing a throw that linebacker Daryl Washington intercepted. Not only did the Cards lose the turnover, but a couple plays later, Newton threw a touchdown pass to Steve Smith for a 14-7 halftime lead.

Marshall got the clarification. “NFL looked at my hit on cam newton from Sundays game and said it was legal. Happy to say I’m not getting fined, thanks” Marshall tweeted.

Something tells me linebacker Clark Haggans isn’t going to be fined for inadvertently hitting Newton’s facemask in the fourth quarter either, a play that helped set up the Panthers’ potential game-tying touchdown (that the Cards ended up stopping anyway).

At least Marshall got Newton at a more important time later (pictured below): The sack — when Newton had 40 yards of running room — that forced the punt Patrick Peterson returned for the game-winning score.

— Speaking of Twitter news, Rams/NFL reporter Howard Balzer tweeted that the Cards tried out former Rams receiver Donnie Avery this week (which goes with the Jaymar Johnson tryout news). As I said before, the Cards, like a lot of teams, are going to kick the tires on potential upgrades. Doesn’t mean they will sign them. With Avery, he’s coming off major knee surgery and he was cut by a receiver-hungry team like the Rams. That would give me caution.

— General manager Rod Graves gave a talk to ASU students looking to get into the sports business field.

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25 Responses to “Marshall’s hit was clean”

  1. By JB on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    I realize the refs have a tough job out there & they’re trying to protect QBs, but this blown call almost cost us the game. Plus it cost D Wash another INT… and potentially a defensive player of the week award if he was credited with the 6 tackles, 1.5 sacks & 2 INTs that he had.

    Great to see the team overcome adversity & win the game despite the goal line (sure TD) fumble, missed FG, called back INT, inadvertent hands to the face roughing the QB penalty that gave Carolina a chance to tie, etc.

  2. By Chris B on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Any news on Daryl Washington?

  3. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Chris B —

    RE: Washington

    Just gotta look

  4. By ksredbird on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Hey D, pardon my ignorance but did the NFL ever clarify why it was a penalty? Did they say Richard launched himself? Or by saying it’s a clean hit mean it shouldn’t have been a penalty?

  5. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    ksred —

    RE: Penalty

    This is the only other thing I have seen on it.

  6. By cooldaddy79 on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Man we would have blown them out of the water if all those penalties were recalled, or if we could have got that bad hand off to wells too. Once the corners start playing tighter defense, things will change too. I thought the defense played pretty darn good compared to last year…this year pressure all the time, it was nice. I think begginer’s luck for Newton wait and see.

  7. By JimmiP on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Glad he was vindicated. Looked like a case of the ref’s babysitting the league’s prima donna.

  8. By shasta on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Too bad Avery doesn’t have any chemistry with Az.’s current quarterback.

  9. By TucsonTim on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Finally got a chance to watch the game on the DVR last night and that wasn’t the only bad call by the officials. Cam’s TD was very questionable, he was a yard and a half short of a first down on his scramble during that last drive, and Lennon’s tackle was closer to the 4 yard line than it was to the 2. None of those were reviewed. Bad, very bad officiating.

    During the game I was impressed with Kolb, but after watching it with slow mo and replay I’m even more impressed. The future for the Cards looks very good IF we can give him some protection.

    Cam had too much time to throw, but he made some really good passes and there were some drops (Olsen comes to mind). I can’t believe they didn’t let him loose when it was 1st down on the 11.

    Peterson really looked good and when you consider he had a pro bowl receiver to cover in his first NFL game, well I think we have a real star.

    Why did we pick up Bradley when Washington and Lennon are so good. Is he going to move outside?

    Pitch hit Beanie in the hands. Kolb rotated to his right to pitched left, maybe it was a bad angle, but looked like the perfect call.

    Brown is just as bad at run blocking as he is at pass protection.

    We don’t need a “number 2”. Everyone stepped up and caught the ball. Now we need to give Kolb a pocket and a second more to go through his reads so he doesn’t lock on to Larry.

    Wilson can’t cover. Even when Porter jumps off sides he can’t pressure the passer. Docket was ineffective, although it looked like he pulled up on the pass rush to lay back, perhaps to pursue a scrambling Newtown???

    Carter is ready, but where do we play him, because Williams looked good too. I hope we don’t go through this season again trying to play 3-4 with 4-3 personnel.

    Funniest moment: water boy squirting Gatorade to a helmeted obese Lutui on the side lines. We didn’t have 2 million to pay Hightower, but we have a million to pay an exhausted Lutui who had to stand up for nearly 3 hours. Thank goodness he didn’t get dehydrated fall over and injure someone

  10. By Edgar on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Mr. Urban are there any internships for what you do?

  11. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Edgar —

    RE: Internship

    Sorry, but no.

  12. By Eric on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Great news, except it cost us a pick, and points. Either way, let’s hope these guys play better in DC this weekend.

  13. By nodavis2000 on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    I knew that the refs made a bad call on this play as soon as I saw the yellowed FLAG pop up under the score board on my TV. OMG, I was so pissed when I saw the Reply to this. And then I started to froth at the mouth when the Panthers scored before half time because of this bogus call.

    AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH!!! But glad that the NFL say it was a legal hit.

  14. By Dylan Clarke on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren since the NFL ruled it was a clean hit does Washington get credited with that int? it would be nice to see him start the year with 2 int’s, I mean All of us Cards fan know about it but i would like the rest of the league know at the end of the year, might make a difference on a Probowl or not and i have a very strong feeling this is not his last int of the year give me some feedback Darren!

  15. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Dylan —

    RE: INT reversal

    Nothing changes with this news. It just means Marshall won’t get fined. But the game remains exactly the same.

  16. By Secret on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Sorta off topic, and not that it really matters, but I recorded the 10:30 Cardinals Headquarters time slot on FSN Arizona, and it had nothing about the cardinals. Any reason why?

  17. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Secret —

    RE: Cardinals HQ

    Always possible programming got bumped around because of live events (like a DBax game). I don’t know.

  18. By Bernardo on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    I just got done listening to the podcast. You guys are awesome!
    I just wanted to also say that i never really have liked the Kolb trade till this morning. I watched film since preseason game #1. And in that game he could hardly manage a first down (granted, i know we had a long off season) Then preseason game#3 He had his first passing touchdown. Week ! he did AMAZING to say the least, and it took me 3 times of watching that game to say that. I didnt believe we had a chance of beating the Redskins on Sunday until right now! Kolb progresses dramatically each passing week. and not just a little. LEAPS AND BOUNDS in progress. Throwing a nice ball making great choices, eyes down field. The only thing i do not like is (which is everyone) he gets mobile too quickly. On one play he even had his back turned to the line of scrimmage. Not a very good idea for any qb besides vick.

  19. By ALONEEAGLE on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    I am glad the referee association got it right, but it is kinda late. The ref,s on the field need to start getting it right. I am a high school ref, as well as youth football. Now I know there is a big difference, but none-the-less, if you are not sure what you saw, you don’t throw the flag, period. Quite honestly, watching it on TV, I clearly saw it happen, and I was appalled by the call, and I am not being biased. The hit was about as clean as you get. An earlier blogger is right, someone was probably paid to make sure Carolinas future doesn’t get hurt. Really, 6’5″, 250 lbs. Two bad calls, very well could have cost this team the game. Eliminate the penalty, the Panthers punt, the whole game changes. Hey Refs, get a clue, make the right calls, if your not sure, keep the flag in your pocket. Let’s go Cards, take care of business in Washington!!

  20. By lg on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    it wasn’t hard to tell that the refs wanted to protect cam it was like they got payed to make sure he did not have a bad game kevin got hit a lot and their was not a yellow flag on the play this type of bs make it hard to sit down and watch a good game but i told yall he would not get fined

  21. By joez on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    there were several bad calls on cards but none on the panthers. That doesnt sound like missed calls on refs but a designated plot to move the panthers and cam along to a win. CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP play Zebras! Im hoping that the lock out screwed up the refs and they going to fix their problems asap but how can purposely placed calls going against cards be corrected unless the ref league looks closer at how they call cards games, this has been something i have seen for awhile and to be frank ive seen same thing done with the suns. Refs dont like arizona teams.

  22. By VoiceofReason on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    The call on Marshall was absolutely ridiculous. Line Judge 100 – Tom somethingorother – ought to be let go. It was a simple corner blitz that was successful — that is, the corner got to the quarterback, caused a rush throw that was intercepted. They call that football.

    Glad in the end the Cards won, as they should have, but calls like that — which could well have affected the outcome of the game — should not be tolerated by the league.

  23. By clssylssy on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Glad he didn’t get fined but PLEASE…Stever Wonder could have called that better than the refs! Where do they find these guys anyway? When you consider all that is riding on some of these games…not to mention all the money that changes hands in Vegas,,,seems like there would be some way to rectify these errors that would give the league some image of legitimacy. They do no hesitate to level large fines on the players when they make a mistake, how about fining the refs when they make flagrant bad calls?

  24. By drummer-1 on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    @ clssylssy

    I agree they should be fined, but at the same time will the ref be shell’d shot to make certain call for fear of being fined..

  25. By Eric on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    We could go all the way back to the Super Bowl and the Clip on Tim Hightower that would have negated the TD at the end of the half. You take away the two obvious bad calls in Sundays game, and honestly, with the momentum, we put 42 up on Carolina’s 14. That is not unreasonable. But Big Daddy NFL wants the story of their darling number one pick having a cinderella day. Frankly, its obvious when you watch NFL network and all they talk about is how awesome Cam’s day was, and not ONE MENTION that the only QB with a higher rating for the week than Kolb, was Aaron Rodgers. Heck, you would never even know we won the game if it wasn’t for the score ticker at the bottom of the screen. Maybe the Bidwell’s don’t play get along with Big Daddy NFL, either way, the officiating against us is, and always has been when we become a threat to win, horrible.

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