Re: Time count violation ruling....
Guys, I could use a little help regarding the 20 second time count violation rule. In last night's game between the Lions and Edmonton in the 3rd quarter the Lions QB Lulay was called for a time count violation.
But here's the issue....
The Lions centre was about to snap the ball and the Esk's defender Odell Willis casually walked across the scrimmage line pointing to the 20 second clock which had expired. Willis was pointing the 20 second clock saying it had expired while also showing the ref signal for the time count violation to the fans.
I did not hear a whistle. I saw no red flag anywhere on the field. The play did not appear to be whistled dead by any official.
It appears that Willis called the play dead and not one of the officials. If I'm correct is this allowed? If it isn't shouldn't Willis have been called for being off-side which would have helped to off-set the time count violation?
After Willis' theatrics the ref explained that B.C. was charged with a time count violation and receive a penalty.
I may be wrong but after playing the video back several times I saw no red flag and I heard no whistle. It was as if Willis was showing the officials that they blew it and were not paying attention to the 20 second clock so he decided to "end" the play. But even if that is true was Willis in the right to "end" the play?