National Football League execs uncomfortable about roughing the passer calls

Ruben Hill
September 26, 2018

Green Bay Packers fans have stepped in to help Clay Matthews cover his fines from the multiple roughing the passer penalties he has been called for.

"I think it's really hard on officials to make the right call". So are members of the competition committee.

Rodgers said Sunday: "They were anxious in the preseason, a lot of people, about the targeting-type penalties that were going to get called". "I was storming around my living room, going insane after that call by the ref, when he hit the quarterback". The assumption is that no change to the wording of the rule could be made until after the season, but officials would have more latitude in judging a tackler's unnecessary extra impact or violent intent. ESPN's Dan Graziano reported something similar, confirming that some members are concerned and that there is a call scheduled.

The NFL says they're implementing the changes for player safety after public concern has grown in recent years about the health risks of playing in the NFL.

"When the league came out last week and publicly defended Tony Corrente's call of roughing the passer by Clay Matthews and they sent it out to the clubs saying that this is a foul because he pulled and scooped the quarterback, they lost all credibility".

The root of the problem dates back to the offseason, when the league made the body weight aspect of the rule, which restricts defenders from landing on the quarterback with all of their body weight and driving the quarterback into the ground with excessive force, a point of emphasis.

"Unfortunately, this league's going in a direction I think a lot of people don't like". I haven't really seen any of those. Obviously the one that's been called a lot the first few weeks is the roughing the passer.

McCarty said at all levels, whether it's college or the National Football League, he understands officials are making calls the way they're supposed to, but players should be able to play the game the way they're taught.

Swearinger continued: "The game happens too fast". It's not a referee's game.

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