I like watching a bit of American Football, and have a fairly decent grasp of the rules.
But something came up in a game I was watching yesterday and I haven’t been able to find an answer to the rules question. I think it was the Chicago/Detroit game if that makes a difference. (but can’t guarantee I watched most of two games and can’t be sure now which game it occurred in)
Anyway a flag was thrown for unneccesary contact with the Quarterback. However the penalty was ultimately not given as the umpires ruled that the QB had left the pocket.
No replay was shown of the play, so I’m wondering what sort of contact could have been made that would be illegal while the QB is in the pocket but is OK outside of it.
I understand some of the illegal tackles, and unnecessary roughness, etc, but I didn’t think any of those penalties would have been conitngent upon the QB being either in or out of the pocket.