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[*] 2018-11-6 10:10
The NFL is getting roughed up over


its amplified enforcement of roughing-the-passer penalties that has generated head-scratching calls and a season-ending injury to a defender trying to comply with the league’s mandate not to land fully on the quarterback.In the offseason Ben Gedeon Color Rush Jersey,NFL owners asked the league’s competition committee to better protect their prized quarterbacks after Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr broke Packers star Aaron Rodgers‘ collarbone in 2017.So the league dusted off a rarely invoked 24-year-old rule that outlaws defenders from landing on the quarterback with more than half of their body weight.“It helps me out because I’m a quarterback,” said Deshaun Watson of the Texans. “But some of the calls are just kind of crazy.”So inconsistent, in fact, that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews,whose been whistled three times, suggested the league has gone soft. He argued that what constitutes a clean hit is anybody’s guess nowadays.Defenders who are only allowed to target a strike zone basically consisting of the torso now must also concern themselves with breaking the quarterback’s fall. Or at least doing a “gator roll” where they spin the QB as they tumble to the turf.The gator roll is “an unnatural move when you are trying to tackle a big guy” like Ben Roethlisberger or Andrew Luck, said Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. “They will shrug you off.”Broncos linebacker Shane Ray said the gator roll isn’t even an option much of the time.“Sometimes you’re at an awkward angle or you might be pushed into him,” Ray said. “It’s chaotic in there when you’ve got all these bodies flying around.”Trying to keep the quarterback safe can also be dangerous to a defender, as it was Sunday when Dolphins DE William Hayes tore his right ACL trying to avoid landing on Raiders QB Derek Carr.“They don’t care about the rest of us getting hurt. Long as the QB is safe,” fumed 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman when he retweeted a video clip of Hayes getting hurt .“Let’s keep it honest, that rule is a tough rule to gauge,” Dolphins defensive tackle Akeem Spence said. “Will is going to make a play, trying to sack the quarterback and then roll off at the end, not trying to put all of his weight and get a sack taken away. He ended up being hurt, and it sucks, because he’s trying to protect the quarterback while still trying to make a play.”There have been 34 roughing-the-passer calls so far. While that works out to just one flag for every 100 pass attempts, it represents a massive increase over previous years. There were 16 such penalties through three weeks last season and 20 the year before that.The lack of consistency and clarity is why “I don’t like the rule Mackensie Alexander Jersey ,” said Fox’s Troy Aikman, whose Hall of Fame career was cut short by the battering he took during a 12-year stint as Cowboys quarterback.“I think the league overreacted, and I think they will continue to look at it with the controversy that’s been created,” Aikman said, adding the strict interpretation of the 1995 rule “changes the outcome of games and ultimately will cost some coaches their jobs.”There’s only been a handful of flags, meanwhile, for players lowering their helmet, another point of emphasis, showing that players, coaches and officials have all adjusted accordingly to that rule change.Two people with knowledge of the agenda told The Associated Press that in the regularly scheduled competition committee conference call next week, the roughing-the-passer calls will be discussed. While neither anticipates a change in the rules themselves, it’s possible a de-emphasizing of the “full weight” portion of the rule could occur.That point of emphasis this year has led to all kinds of contentious calls, none more prominent than Matthews’ seemingly legal hit in Week 2 that wiped out a clinching interception of Kirk Cousins, who subsequently rallied the Vikings to a 29-29 tie.“Roughing the Passer calls are absolutely out of control,” Texans star defender J.J. Watt tweeted during the Steelers-Buccaneers Monday night game that featured four such flags.Although Matthews’ hit on Cousins wasn’t deemed a body weight violation, the league’s emphasis on roughing calls clearly played a role in referee Tony Corrente ruling that when Matthews “hit the quarterback, he lifted him and drove him into the ground.”Many critics didn’t buy that explanation nor the justifications for the other calls.“I love the NFL – but it’s crazy the (numbers) being put up by QBs & WRs due to fact that D can’t hit them anymore & can’t lay hands on them downfield Adam Thielen Jersey Black Friday ,” tweeted Hall of Famer Kurt Warner,the architect of the Rams‘ “Greatest Show on Turf.”“Everyone is running free the entire game (or it’s a penalty)! Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Offense, but better when it’s a fair fight.”The last two men who served as the NFL’s head of officiating 鈥?Mike Pereira and Dan Blandino 鈥?said the league went too far in emphasizing roughing the quarterback and will back off soon because officials are throwing too many flags on plays where the QB isn’t even in danger of getting hurt.“I think we all have felt like it has gone a little too far,” said Pereira, now an analyst for Fox Sports.Pereira said the NFL could tamp down the furor over the rule by having officials only throw flags when defenders lift the quarterback and drive him into the ground 鈥?although he disagrees that’s what Matthews did to Cousins.“We all are pretty much in agreement the Clay Matthews hit on Kirk Cousins really shouldn’t be a foul, and I believe that’s what the competition committee believes,” Pereira said. “How literal do we need to interpret a rule?”Former NFL referee Terry McAulay, now an analyst for NBC, notes the focal point needs to be on whether the defender’s hit included “unnecessary” actions. He refers to a graphic of the rule used on Sunday night’s Patriots-Lions telecast.“We’ve highlighted a couple of words. One is the word ‘unnecessarily,’ and it says a defender should not unnecessarily land on the quarterback,” McAulay explained. “There is nothing about this play (by Matthews on Alex Smith) that is unnecessary. He’s coming off a block and he makes a legal form tackle, and he just happens to end up on top of the quarterback.”The graphic also notes “strive to wrap up.”“That tells me that it needs to be avoidable. Well, there’s nothing unavoidable about this play,” McAulay said. “It just shouldn’t be a foul. I understand technically that it is by rule.”Broncos star Von Miller,who leads the league with 87 1-2 sacks since his rookie year in 2011, said he’s not sure how he’s supposed to tackle the quarterback anymore, so he’ll just stick with his signature move.“I like going for the ball https://www.minnesotavikingsshop.com/Mike-Remmers-Jersey ,” said Miller.Because going for the sack is becoming as perilous for the pass rusher as it is for the quarterback.___ MINNEAPOLIS 鈥?The Minnesota Vikings hit their stride last year well before midseason, using an eight-game winning streak to build a 13-3 record for the second seed in the NFC.This year, the second half of the season is going to be much more difficult.More Vikings coverageVikings cornerback Rhodes on track to return against LionsVikings Snap Counts: Griffen splits time with Weatherly in returnDifficult stretch ahead for Vikings, but Zimmer is ‘encouraged’Upon Further Review: Vikings vs. SaintsPHOTOS: Vikings vs. SaintsThe challenge starts with the schedule. The next five games include trips to Chicago, New England and Seattle, with two division-leading foes and one of the toughest venues to play in. Detroit and Green Bay are the home opponents during that stretch, bringing two dangerous quarterbacks to U.S. Bank Stadium.The Vikings are also 4-3-1, just behind the Bears in the NFC North and slightly ahead of the Packers, so they’ve squandered their margin for error.“I’m not disappointed,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “It is what it is. We have eight more games to go, and that will determine what we end up doing.”After losing 30-20 to New Orleans on Sunday night, the Vikings were mostly upset about the way they let the game slip away. They were in control late in the second quarter with a 13-10 lead, when Adam Thielen plunged forward for extra yardage and lost the ball at the 14-yard line. The Saints turned that fumble into a touchdown, making the potential cost of that rare mistake by Thielen a whopping 14 points.“It’s more frustrating because I think we had it going execution-wise and scheme-wise and all that,” Thielen said on Monday.“I think when it’s maybe a lack of concentration or just being too relaxed or what have you, that’s the frustrating part. Because you know how many times that you’ve done it a different way and the right way, and the one time you slip up it costs you maybe the game.”The other half of Minnesota’s dominant receiver duo Marcus Sherels Color Rush Jersey,Stefon Diggs, was responsible for the other devastating turnover. Diggs stopped his drag route short before an under-pressure Kirk Cousins dumped the ball off to the spot where he expected Diggs to be had he kept running. The interception was returned for a score to give the Saints a 27-13 advantage.Thielen and Diggs were outspoken after the game about their acceptance of blame, but Zimmer wasn’t having it, and he said as much to the team.“Like I told them in the meeting today, the receivers need to stop saying that stuff because one person doesn’t lose a game. One person doesn’t win a game. We win around here as a team. We lose around here as a team,” Zimmer said.“Guys make mistakes, miscommunication, whatever you want to call it happens. I will never put any one of those one things on one player, ever.”Though the loss clearly hurt the Vikings in the conference and division standings, there were reasons for them to feel better about where they’re headed at the halfway mark. Thielen and Diggs don’t have a pattern of such gaffes, for one. They also played without six injured starters, and young subs such as right tackle brian O’Neill, linebacker Eric Wilson and cornerback Holton Hill fared well in extended action.“I’m encouraged after this ballgame. I’m encouraged after the last four weeks,” Zimmer said. “If I was ticked off, I’d let them know. Trust me.”
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