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Monday, 24 September 2018

NFL rule slammed for making the game 'soft'


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The NFL is under fire from fans and players for a rule which has caused confusion and outrage surrounding one of the biggest elements of American football. 

So much so that Super Bowl-winning Packers star Clay Matthews has criticised the league of 'getting soft'.

The Green Bay linebacker's frustrations reached boiling point in week three of the NFL season when he was again flagged for a roughing-the-passer penalty after a seemingly well-timed sack on Washington quarterback Alex Smith. Packers coach Mike McCarthy yelled at two officials after the call.

Matthews has been now been penalised for the same reason in each of Green Bay’s games so far this season. 

Matthews fumes at another 'roughing the passer' penalty

“Unfortunately this league is going in a direction that a lot of people don’t like. I think they’re getting soft,” Matthews told a media pack in the locker room after the 31-17 loss at Washington.

“The only thing hard about this league is the fines they levy down on guys like me that play the game hard.

“Nine years, I’ve been doing it one way in the NFL, successfully, and now it just seems as if that way doesn’t work anymore. And that’s frustrating. “I don’t run the league office, but you’d like to see football be football.

“That was a football play.”

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American football thrives on highlight-worthy throws made by quarterbacks, incredible touchdowns scored by running backs, tight ends and wide receivers, but there are just as impressive plays made on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive giants like J.J. Watt, Calais Campbell, Fletcher Cox, Von Miller and Khalil Mack terrorise quarterbacks and making big hits.

The fans love it and teams pay them extremely well for their efforts too. Rams tackle Aaron Donald recently became this highest-paid defensive player in NFL history after securing an eye-watering six-year deal worth $186.5 million.

And yet, the NFL’s competition committee have clamped down on the way these guys tackle in a way never before seen.

Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9 (b) of the NFL rulebook says that “a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw (a passer) down or land on top of him with all or most of the defender’s weight. Instead, the defensive player must strive to wrap up the passer with the defensive player’s arms and not land on the passer with all or most of his body weight.”

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The league made it a point of emphasis on the rule this season after Packers quarterback and much-loved Hail Mary icon Aaron Rodgers was driven into the ground during a sack, breaking his collarbone and sidelining him for an entire season.

As a result of the highly reinforced rule there have been more than 30 roughing-the-passer penalties called in the first two weeks alone this year. On the opening weekend of the season Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was fined $US40,108 by the NFL for two roughing-the-passer calls, joining several other players fined, including Los Angeles’ Donald, Minnesota’s Sheldon Richardson, Atlanta’s Grady Jarrett and Dallas’ DeMarcus Lawrence.

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The NFL have not budged despite outcry from its players and pundits though. In fact, they're doubling down. “He [Matthews] landed on him with most or all of his body weight,” NFL referee Craig Wrolstad told AP after the Packers game.

“But if you’ve got a shoulder into him and then landed on him with most of his body weight off him or released him when he went down, then he would have been OK,” Wrolstad said.

“But in my judgment, I ruled that he landed on him with most or all of his body weight there.”

This means a complete technique overhaul awaits defensive players grappling with the way the rule has been enforced this season.

For Miami Dolphins defensive end William Hayes, it may have been to blame for the premature end to his year.

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Hayes tore the ACL in his right knee while trying to sack Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and altering his technique to adhere to avoid a roughing-the-passer penalty.

“He was not trying to put body weight on the quarterback, so his foot got caught in the ground,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said.

“Somehow, we’ve got to find a way to grab the quarterback and twirl our body and not land on the quarterback," Packers defensive lineman Kenny Clark said.

“When I saw it, it was not malicious, ill intent. It was just a nice form tackle,” Washington cornerback Josh Norman said of Matthews' sack.

“They’re making the game less fun,” Washington safety D.J. Swearinger said.

“He made a great play. That’s crazy.”

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The NFL is under fire from fans and players for a rule which has caused confusion and outrage surrounding one of the biggest elements of American football. 

So much so that Super Bowl-winning Packers star Clay Matthews has criticised the league of 'getting soft'.

The Green Bay linebacker's frustrations reached boiling point in week three of the NFL season when he was again flagged for a roughing-the-passer penalty after a seemingly well-timed sack on Washington quarterback Alex Smith. Packers coach Mike McCarthy yelled at two officials after the call.

Matthews has been now been penalised for the same reason in each of Green Bay’s games so far this season. 

Matthews fumes at another 'roughing the passer' penalty

“Unfortunately this league is going in a direction that a lot of people don’t like. I think they’re getting soft,” Matthews told a media pack in the locker room after the 31-17 loss at Washington.

“The only thing hard about this league is the fines they levy down on guys like me that play the game hard.

“Nine years, I’ve been doing it one way in the NFL, successfully, and now it just seems as if that way doesn’t work anymore. And that’s frustrating. “I don’t run the league office, but you’d like to see football be football.

“That was a football play.”

https://twitter.com/wingoz/status/1044183921666256896

https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/1043946727294857223

American football thrives on highlight-worthy throws made by quarterbacks, incredible touchdowns scored by running backs, tight ends and wide receivers, but there are just as impressive plays made on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive giants like J.J. Watt, Calais Campbell, Fletcher Cox, Von Miller and Khalil Mack terrorise quarterbacks and making big hits.

The fans love it and teams pay them extremely well for their efforts too. Rams tackle Aaron Donald recently became this highest-paid defensive player in NFL history after securing an eye-watering six-year deal worth $186.5 million.

And yet, the NFL’s competition committee have clamped down on the way these guys tackle in a way never before seen.

Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9 (b) of the NFL rulebook says that “a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw (a passer) down or land on top of him with all or most of the defender’s weight. Instead, the defensive player must strive to wrap up the passer with the defensive player’s arms and not land on the passer with all or most of his body weight.”

https://twitter.com/JJWatt/status/1044398189166702592

The league made it a point of emphasis on the rule this season after Packers quarterback and much-loved Hail Mary icon Aaron Rodgers was driven into the ground during a sack, breaking his collarbone and sidelining him for an entire season.

As a result of the highly reinforced rule there have been more than 30 roughing-the-passer penalties called in the first two weeks alone this year. On the opening weekend of the season Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was fined $US40,108 by the NFL for two roughing-the-passer calls, joining several other players fined, including Los Angeles’ Donald, Minnesota’s Sheldon Richardson, Atlanta’s Grady Jarrett and Dallas’ DeMarcus Lawrence.

https://twitter.com/ReggieBush/status/1044396467945787392

The NFL have not budged despite outcry from its players and pundits though. In fact, they're doubling down. “He [Matthews] landed on him with most or all of his body weight,” NFL referee Craig Wrolstad told AP after the Packers game.

“But if you’ve got a shoulder into him and then landed on him with most of his body weight off him or released him when he went down, then he would have been OK,” Wrolstad said.

“But in my judgment, I ruled that he landed on him with most or all of his body weight there.”

This means a complete technique overhaul awaits defensive players grappling with the way the rule has been enforced this season.

For Miami Dolphins defensive end William Hayes, it may have been to blame for the premature end to his year.

https://twitter.com/uSTADIUM/status/1044276478937092097

Hayes tore the ACL in his right knee while trying to sack Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and altering his technique to adhere to avoid a roughing-the-passer penalty.

“He was not trying to put body weight on the quarterback, so his foot got caught in the ground,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said.

“Somehow, we’ve got to find a way to grab the quarterback and twirl our body and not land on the quarterback," Packers defensive lineman Kenny Clark said.

“When I saw it, it was not malicious, ill intent. It was just a nice form tackle,” Washington cornerback Josh Norman said of Matthews' sack.

“They’re making the game less fun,” Washington safety D.J. Swearinger said.

“He made a great play. That’s crazy.”

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