By Bill Bradley, contributing editor
"The snapper on field goals and extra points gets defenseless player protection," Blandino said. "That means he can't be hit forcibly in the head or neck area and an opponent cannot hit him in any part of his body with the crown or the forehead parts of the helmet."
Blandino said it's the same protection given to a receiver trying to catch a pass, a quarterback in the act of passing and the recipient of a blind-side block. In this case, Aiken was defenseless as Mosley attempted to push him back into the kicker.
"This is the intent of the rule, to prohibit this type of action," Blandino said. "(It was) direct, forcible contact to either head or neck area. You can see (Mosley) come in and deliver a shoulder and forearm shot to the head.
"That's a foul. Fifteen-yard penalty. On an extra point, that can either be enforced on a kickoff or we can move the ball to the 1 and go for two points. If it's a field-goal attempt, it's 15 yards or half the distance and it's an automatic first down."
"You can attack the shoulder," he said. "Remember, you can't line up over inside the frame (of the kicker). ... But then once the ball is snapped you can attack (his) shoulder area."