Johnny Knox - NFC Special Teams Player of the Week or Jackass?

Johnny Knox was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week thanks to his 102-yard kick return for a touchdown in the Bears 48-24 win over the Lions.  But was it really a touchdown?

This video clip has created a stir for a couple of different reasons.  Give it a look with the ever-enthusiastic Bears radio voice Jeff Joniak on the call after the jump.

Did Knox pull a DeSean Jackson and drop the ball before he actually scored?  In typical Lions fashion, they totally blew it.  Thanks to the Tribune’s Eric Zorn who took the initiative to freeze frame Knox crossing the goal line, we see the evidence.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz commented after the game on how badly his Lions were outplayed in the second half last Sunday:

“One of the worst second halves of football I’ve ever been associated with,” he said.

“We were poor on special teams, we were poor on offense, we were poor on defense, we were out-coached, we were out-played; their trainers were probably even better than ours in the second half.”

Here’s what he had to say in his Monday press conference when asked about the Johnny Knox potential fumble:

“Yeah, it’s hard on the coaches tape, it looks that way, but if you look at the TV copies that we had, we didn’t think that we had a clear vision of that; but yeah, that was one that if we do challenge, because there’s no clear recovery of the ball, they blow the whistle dead, they get that ball at maybe the half-yard line or the one-yard line, or one of those things. It would be close. It would really just depend on which view the TV cameras have.”

And you wonder how this organization lost 19 in a row?  Maybe they had the Bears booth review guy advising them on that play?  That guy never seems to guess right.  Lovie should adopt the George Costanza “opposite” philosophy when it comes to challenges at the rate he’s been going this season, but that’s a discussion for another time.

Even if the Bears still get the ball on the 1-yard line, isn’t it worth it to challenge if for no other reason than to try to take the air out of the stadium and knock the Bears and Knox back on their heels?

In other news related to the Knox kickoff return, another star was born on Sunday and it was ball boy Darryl MaGee.  MaGee is a junior at the University of Illinois and made quite an impression as he tried to keep up with Knox, racing down the sidelines.

Go back and watch the clip again; the kid’s go some wheels.   Check out Vaughn McClure’s piece on MaGee here.   The way the Illini have played this season, they should sign MaGee up immediately.  Wasn’t Larry Fitzgerald once a ball boy for the Vikings?  That worked out OK for him, didn’t it?


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  • Vinsanity

    wow…..isnt it if a player crosses the goaline with possesion of the ball its a touchdown? the pic you have is very inconclusive, but at a different angle i bet that ball is crossing the goal line!….but hey the real jackass would be the lions coaching staff for not picking it up!

  • Boomer

    Vinsanity – the BALL has to cross the plane of the goal line. His front foot is barely across the line and it looks like he’s already dropping the ball.

    You’re 100% right though, the Lions are the real jackasses for not catching it!

  • Brian

    I thought the same thing when watching it on Sunday, glad someone else called it out. And the MaGee run was funny. It was nice for once to not have to watch the Bears/Turner playing for a field goal on the last drive down the field. Great blog Boomer!

  • Brian

    Had to share this too, from the Onion this week about ESPN’s coverage of the Packers/Vikings game,

    ESPN Completely Misses Brett Favre Vs. Green Bay Packers Storyline

    especially this

    “I’m still kicking myself because Jon Gruden didn’t have a chance to share with America his very long, very uncomfortable anecdote about how he once sort of coached Favre,” Rothman added.