Thursday, September 11, 2008

Does Tedford need to warn the refs to stay out of Best's way?

There have been a couple instances in which Best altered his direction just as he was breaking into the secondary, and in so doing slowed down ever so slightly, in order to avoid a referee, allowing the defense to tackle him. On one occasion, vs. MSU, when he ran into Sean Young, he would have gone for TD had the ref not been standing there. And on other plays, for example vs WSU, the ref got out of the way just in time, but it was almost a collision.

It seems like the refs are not ready for how fast he gets through the line and into the secondary. At what point does it give the opponent an unfair advantage? It would be one thing if the same thing was happening on both sides of the ball, but it's only happening to Best (not even to the other Cal RBs).

Makes you wonder if Tedford ought to mention something to the refs before the game. Probably not. That can only end badly if Best gets shut down:

"Hey, Jeff, this is Dave Cutaia, head of Pac 10 officiating. Oh. No. You. Didn't. Um, maybe you want to check to make sure your boy can actually GET into the secondary before you start directing MY guys around the field. Pretty Busch. Take it back to Berkeley, and don't forget who runs this league. Oh and by the way, if I were you, I'd tell your players to be ve-e-e-ry careful next weekend. I'd hate to see the game decided on a penalty, but I only have so much control over my guys. Oops - did I just throw that flag? Mu ha ha ha ha ha! Mu ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"


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