I don’t really follow football, so I don’t know the finer points. Please bear with me: As seen on CBS Morning Show, some college game this past weekend had a surprise when a kick off was returned for a 90 yard TD after a fair catch. The offense did not down the ball; however, the defense did not tackle either. I am wondering: Once a motion is made for a fair catch, I presume the defense cannot tackle because it would be a penalty for unnecessary roughness. Is this correct? If so, then why is it fair for the offense to STILL run with the ball? You can’t have it both ways! If I can’t instantly tackle you, then you can’t run with the ball either! (WTF?)
OTOH, if the offense failed to down the ball, then the defense shouldn’t just don’t stand there looking stupid…tackle the guy!
Set me straight. What’s the story here?