Too quick of a whistle

Photo courtesy of tusconcitizen.com. Are NFL referees to quick with the whistle in terms of roughing the passer penalties?

By Andrew McNeil

Daily I hear that the NFL has gotten soft.  That the league is taking the aggressiveness out of football. This is true especially when it comes to the quarterback.  You can barely touch the field general without it being a penalty.  Every week you see a ridiculous roughing the passer penalty that quite frankly makes you sick. There are also many complaints that the calls are not consistent.  That players such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees get the penalty flags more frequently than other quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Vick. In an interview with ESPN’s Jim Rome, Roethlisberger said, “I think in part because the league doesn’t want certain games to be played without certain quarterbacks,” Roethlisberger continues to say. “No offense to the other Patriots, but whose going to watch the Patriots
without Tom Brady and the Saints without Drew Brees. That’s the way it is. They want to protect those guys because they are the marquee guys of this league, and you don’t want them to get hurt.” Vick also had similar complaints after one of his team’s losses this season.

Some may argue that Vick and Big Ben don’t get the calls because the referees subconsciously think that they can escape the hits because they are more mobile quarterbacks. Well there’s one way to see if this is true or not.  You know we had to find a way to work him into an NFL discussion, Tim Tebow. How can Tebow help you wonder? Its simple, not only is he one of the more mobile quarterbacks in the league, but he is undeniably one of the NFL’s biggest stars. He encompasses both sides of the argument more than any other player. Tebow also doesn’t shy away from contact, so he is bound to take some brutal hits when he plays. It makes you wonder, is Tebow going to be officiated like Vick or Brady? It remains to be seen, but it will say a lot about the consistency in the NFL referees.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

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