1. Relating to Rob Gronkowski and his tough day. The fair-catch mishap on the first kickoff is a sign of a rookie not understanding the situation. When you're an upback on the kickoff return team, on that wing, if the ball is coming to you and you make a fair-catch signal, that tells everyone else that you've got it. They all expect you to catch it because you've made the fair-catch signal. You've committed. You absolutely cannot make a fair-catch signal and then expect someone else to catch it. It's almost like baseball, when a player says "I got it!" Once you say "I got it!" you have to make the catch.
Pretty sure I've read something like this in a few places now..........
A kick-off is a live ball, is it not? Isn't fair catching not an option at all? Wouldn't your hands team be able to fair catch a floating onside kick if that was legal?
Why do I keep reading that his mistake was not catching the fair catch after calling it, in lieu of people calling him out for trying to fair catch a kickoff in the first place? What am I missing here?
Maybe I'm just completely forgetting a rule here, because its hard for me to believe I'm the only one catching this....
More likely I'm the only idiot who doesn't understand the rules governing the situation.
What do I know?