The Mike Williams RobberyOctober 21st, 2012
It is a testament to this Bucs team that, after playing as horribly as it did for roughly 40 minutes or so, it was in position to tie — or take a lead in the final seconds.
It shows how much this team has advanced under the New Schiano Order.
What looked to be a touchdown to bring the Bucs within an extra point of tying, or a two-point conversion of winning, was waved off when Mike Williams, who caught the pass from quarterback Josh Freeman, was ruled to have illegally returned to the end zone after being out of bounds.
The controversy comes because Williams clearly was pushed out of bounds by a Saints defender.
Now, if the official in question believed Josh Freeman was out of the pocket, and therefore the push was legal, well, that is nothing but interpretation. On face value, it is a travesty of a call and outright burglary.
Williams wouldn’t walk into the murky waters of the play after the game.
“It was a play where, basically, someone has to get open. Basically, it was the last play of the game. I let a guy [Patrick Robinson] get a push on me in the back of the end zone. I think I stepped out of bounds. I got open, but I stepped out of bounds. That’s what happened,” Williams said.
When Williams was asked if he knew during the act if he was out of bounds, he said, “No, not at first. I know he got a good push on me in the back of the end zone. I guess I stepped out of bounds.”
With no idea he committed a penalty, Williams thought for sure he put the Bucs in position to tie the game.
“But I stepped out of bounds.”
When asked by Doug Fernandes of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune if Williams believed Robinson, and not Williams, should have been flagged, Williams took the road less fined and said, “That’s not my call.”
Now clearly if one looks at the replay, Williams was shoved a good three yards out of bounds, but Freeman had rolled out under pressure to his left. The fact that Freeman was out of the tackle box may have been why Robinson was not flagged for defensive holding or interference.