dgan wrote:You could see the flag was thrown before Knox caught the ball. They started showing the replay from there looking for holding during the return. My assumption is that he was holding the gunner as they ran down the field before Knox caught the ball, which is why you couldn't see the hold on the replay.
Watch from 0:02 to the time Knox catches the ball. No one is engaged at all and the flag isn't even thrown until it's almost to Knox. I'm not saying there couldn't have been holding, but I'm just having a hard to believing that the ref at the endzone pylon (closest to Knox) is the one throwing the flag and no one is touching each other.
I'm not saying this other than as a guess. The only logical place to call holding. If you look at the end of 0:01 seconds in the video, just before they switch to the sideline camera, you can see the gunner on the left having his jersey pulled down over his should pad. The Bears player lets go just as the sideline camera picks up the action at 0:02. Now, I don't know which refs are responsible for what on a punt return, but if that is what the ref on the goal line saw, I'm guessing 20 yards was all the further he could throw the flag. The penalty (if that is the one) actually occurred between the 30 and 35.
Frankly, I think a jersey pull happens to every gunner on every punt, but maybe he had a hold of him for a few steps. Don't know...again, just trying to make the best logical conclusion out of what they called.