September 25, 2023

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NFL Not Backing Down in Regards to Roughing the Passer Penalties

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Get prepared for a rise in roughing-the-passer penalties

Adam Schefter tweeted earlier that the NFL is not planning to back down on enforcing rules that are designed to protect the health and safety of the players. Although roughing the passer calls are down 45 percent from last season through week 5, the league put more of an emphasis on the rule; due to Tua Tagovailoa’s situation.

Credit: Adam Schefter on Twitter

With at least half a dozen questionable calls, the stripes threw the flag that seemed to shift the momentum in a couple of games. It’s understandable that the league is going to enforce this rule just a bit more after concussion-related injuries seem to be on the rise this season.

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One question that the league needs to address prior to Week 6: what is considered a legal sack?

The league is doing a lot to protect the safety of the quarterbacks, but there is a desperate need for clarity. You’re witnessing dozens of missed calls while there seem to be certain calls that just leave the world debating that particular call. The league, indeed, has its focus on concussions but still hasn’t come to terms with when you should throw the flag for pass interference. We all know that Scotty Miller is asking that question.

It would be a great idea to allow coaches to challenge these penalties. Where do you draw the line on these types of plays? Also, it’d be a wonderful idea to update Jerome Boger and his crew on these as well. 

What do you think of the league’s stance on enforcing these rules? Will the league set an all-time high on roughing the passer penalties?