When a yellow flag landed it was immediately clear what the call was going to be. It was also immediately clear that it was going to be the wrong call.
Detroit Lions defensive back Quandre Diggs had just leveled Tampa Bay’s O.J. Howard, causing a fumble that was recovered by Detroit’s Glover Quin. As broadcaster Ronde Barber predicted – despite the attribution of that tweeted quote, it was Barber and not Spielman who made this comment – Diggs was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, his hit deemed a shot to the head of a defenseless receiver. As Barber also noted, this was the wrong call, mainly because the receiver wasn’t defenseless (per NFL rules) and because Diggs didn’t hit him in the head.
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