On Sunday night, Rams defender Nickell Robey-Coleman made no doubt that he had purposely and intentionally wiped out Saints' recipient Tommylee Lewis to prevent Lewis from making a slight touchdown. Robey-Coleman now tries to argue that there was no Passeinmischung.
About Vincent Bonsignore of TheAthletic.com, Robey-Coleman is " adamant " that someone had told him that the fateful pass had been dumped.
A specific video of the game seems to support the argument, with the ball's flight changing slightly after passing the left hand of Ram's defensive lineman Michael Brockers. Another perspective shows that there was no tip.
Although a tilted passport would make the pass failing invulnerable, the missed call contained the failure to flag Robey-Coleman for bringing an illegal hit into the head or neck area of a defenseless receiver. The fact that the League fined Robey-Coleman for the hit means that he should have been tagged for the goal, knocked over the pass or not.
Rams coach Sean McVay has sworn that the critical non-call is not a distraction for the team. The more his players talk about it – and the more they make misleading and inaccurate arguments for justification – the greater the chance that it will actually turn into a distraction.