Florham Park, NJ- The Jets were driving down field, trailing 31-24, faced with a fourth-and-four with 5:06 left in the game when it happened.
The crowd at Lambeau Field was jumping, making all sorts of noise, the ball was snapped and Geno Smith dropped back and threw beautiful pass to Jermey Kerley in the end zone for what looked to be a game-tying touchdown, but that was only because no one could hear the whistle blow right before the snap. The referee announced the Jets had called their third and last timeout just before the snap and Rex Ryan stood there wondering out loud, ‘who the hell called timeout?’
The rules state that only the head coach can call a timeout from the sideline and Ryan did not call a timeout, but once the whistle blew it didn’t matter who actually called the timeout. (more…)