I've got a question about illegal hits to a defenseless receiver:
Last night on MNF a Chief's receiver was leveled on a pass thrown behind him by a NE zone defender, the receiver tipped the ball just prior to the hit, close so no late hit, and the ball was subsequently intercepted. The defender did not make helmet to helmet contact; however he did launch himself and did hit the receiver in the head with his shoulder pads and upper arm and the receiver was about as defenseless as a receiver can get having still been in the action of moving forward while still in the act of reaching back. It was as violent a hit to the head as what I've seen regularly called this season.
I'm not a fan of either team so it isn't complaining, just wondering because the launching at a defenseless receiver doesn't seem like a very clear rule. It was a big non-call because thatís the point NE took over the game and would have resulted in a KC first down in NE territory.
Question is: is there a reason it wasn't flagged? Like, no helmet to helmet or the ball was tipped and at the point of the hit the ball was no longer catchable?
Secondly, is there a germane difference in the defenseless receiver rule in NCAA or High School football?