There's wanting to protect the quarterbacks, and then there is this.
In the second quarter during Sunday's Raiders-New York Jets game, Oakland was attempting to hold the Jets to a field goal during a goal-to-go scenario. Maxx Crosby was being Maxx Crosby and was joined by the talents of Maurice Hurst to sack quarterback Sam Darnold.
Sounds normal, right? Well, not necessarily.
The officials called Hurst for roughing the passer.
Here's the play:
Maxx Crosby would have added to his 6.5 sacks this season to force NY into a 3rd and about 15. Another 💩💩💩 "roughing" penalty gives them first down instead. The NFL needs to fix this garbage. #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/ln42YW0VVv— Chris Reed (@ChrisReed_NFL) November 24, 2019
It appears Crosby was just as surprised to see a yellow flag on the field.
What else was Hurst going to do in this play? He was making an attempt at the sack while Darnold was taken down by Crosby.
The Raiders appeared to have the same thoughts:
Following the call, Darnold scored on a rushing touchdown on the next play to take the lead over the Raiders, 10-3.
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Definitely a game-changing call.
Crosby somewhat made up for it later on, however ...