Personal Foul Calls Ruining the NFL

Written By Bob Cunningham On Sunday, December 06, 2009

The days of the smash-mouth NFL are long gone.

I've been harping on this going back to last season, but sitting here and watching the Eagles get screwed on two nonsense personal foul penalties is about to make my head explode.

First Quintin Demps is called for roughing the quarterback, and it's apparently as a direct result of hitting him too hard. Why don't we just put a red jersey on them and play two-hand touch on the guy throwing the ball? It's to that point right now and it's absolutely ridiculous.

Then Sean Jones gets flagged 15 yards for hitting Justin Peele in the endzone. Sure, Peele never touched the ball, but it's not Jones' job to make sure he's got the ball first. Jones saw the pass coming his way, assumed Peele was going to catch it, and did everything he could to make sure he didn't.

Last time I checked, that's the job of a defensive back.

Penalties are a neccessity for any sport, but when the penalties being called start distorting and perverting the job of the players, it's a real red flag that it has gone too far. That's what the NFL is doing now.

It didn't wind up costing the Eagles anything because of a poor call by Mike Smith, but that's beside the point.

Last season I thought the league was just flirting with going too far, but this year they've completely crossed the line with these penalties.

It's time to either just come out and say that the quarterbacks are the money-makers for the league and that they are now officially two-hand touch, or go back to the way things were. This is football, people get hurt. Changing the rules won't change that, it will just result in more penalties.

Games are being changed by these ridiculous rules, and it's time to go back to the way things were. If this keeps up, the NFL will see itself falling once again to college football or other professional sports.

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