Good points Doyo. Your comments got me to think a little more about this.
By the way, the penalty Edmonton received wasn't for being off side if that is what you were thinking. They had "no end". I'm assuming that when a team has 'no end' that for some reason it works to their advantage which is why they are being penalized. And if it is to the offensive team's advantage it may affect the outcome of the pending play in their favor. Same as for holding. How often do we see a team pull off a great pass completion only because someone was holding which gave the QB enough time to throw the ball.
I agree with you, that Toronto should not be "rewarded" for the pass interference. I guess my point is that the pass interference call is moot since the play was going to be called back anyway. I think that is what I'm trying to wrap my head around. Edmonton was trying to execute a play "illegally". All Toronto needed to do was lie down and play dead. But of course since [in most cases] no one knows which side the initial infraction was against until it is actually called the players still play full tilt. Maybe what the officials should be doing is whistling the play dead before it ever gets started.
As an aside: I think about your idea that had Toronto not been called for pass interference they would actually be rewarded for committing a penalty. Good point. If we take this further, the same idea could be applied to roughing the passer during the same play. For example: Edmonton's QB passes the ball and gets creamed with a late hit. But because Edmonton is called for illegal procedure the guy who flattened Edmonton's QB is actually rewarded if he gets off scott free. That hardly seems reasonable. He gets away with a huge penalty against his team. [15 yards]
The more I think about this I realize that what I'm really wondering about is do all officials who throw flags have whistles and the authority to blow a play dead? If they do, why would they not blow a play down whenever there is illegal procedure? They do it in other situations. Thansk Doyo..... My wife just said I make an excellent point.:rockin: