Most of the time, it’s routine, but sometimes those calls mean that what looks like an obvious fumble isn’t called one.
But what does the rule actually mean?
Forward progress showed up in Spalding’s Official Foot Ball Guide for 1906, along with the legalization of the forward pass, which to that point had been considered a trick play. The forward progress rule reads:
The only question for the Angels was, how much to charge? What’s the going rate for an NFL team to practice in an MLB stadium for a week? Sam Maida, the Angels’ director of baseball operations, settled on a flat fee of $50,000 for the week—a bargain considering the Angels draw that same amount for a group renting the parking lot for a one-day event. Maida didn’t want to overcharge another pro sports franchise, and he also hopes it opens the door to other NFL teams looking for a place to practice on the West Coast. “Mostly it just seemed like a fun thing to do,” Maida says. “Back when we originally scheduled this, before the season even started, we didn’t know the Eagles were going to be 10-2 and one of the best teams in football.”
Vance Joseph carried high expectations with him when he was hired to take over for the Denver Broncos. Joseph inherited a dominant defense in Denver and the team got off to a fast 3-1 star. But then a revolving door of Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and occasionally Paxton Lynch at quarterback paved the way for an eight-game slide in the middle of the season. Joseph’s squad finished last in the AFC West in his first season.
We don’t know what the future holds for teams that are in the market for new head coaches. But we do know which candidates are likely to be in the running for those openings.
“Winning can kind of cover up or mask some things, some deficiencies, a little chink in your armor, if there is any,” Pederson says. “There’s no substitute for the preparation and the hard work. … The guys have to know that, and it’s my job to make sure that they understand that.”