Ahmad Black Is Outraged!November 25th, 2012
Let’s just say Ahmad Black and the zebras don’t see eye-to-eye.
With 8:06 left in the game and the Bucs leading 23-17, the Dixie Chicks were marching, as they often did today in what turned out to be one of the poorer performaces by the Bucs defense this season.
But suddenly it appeared the Bucs rose up and stopped the Dixie Chicks. On third down from the Bucs-5, Ryan appeared to want to go to Harry Douglas short who was covered by Black near the goal line. With other receivers covered (!), Ryan threw the ball well out of bounds way over Douglas’ head.
But just as soon as the ball hit the ground, so too did a yellow rag from one of the refs. Black, who did make contact with Douglas on the play, was whistled for holding.
That gave the Dixie Chicks first-and-goal from the Bucs-3 where the Dixie Chicks promptly scored. Ballgame.
Black was unapologetic after the game and downright angry about the call.
“I think the ball was thrown out of bounds,” Black said. “There was no possible way — even if I didn’t touch him at all — that he was going to catch that ball! What am I supposed to do, stand there and just look at him the whole time?”
What left Black more rankled about the flag wasn’t so much that the Dixie Chicks got new life from it, but that Black hinted that call let his teammates down on what would have been a fantastic goal line stand.
“Great, great effort by the guys on first down and second down and then on third down when we needed a play, we force the quarterback to check down and then throw the ball away and unfortunately, we get a holding call,” Black said.