NFL Tells Officials To Focus More On Illegal Contact Fouls This Season And Fans Don’t Like It

NFL Tells Officials To Focus More On Illegal Contact Fouls Fans React

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The NFL has reportedly told officials to focus more on illegal contact fouls this season.

According to ESPN report, a league spokesperson confirmed on Monday that the NFL has asked its officials to put a greater emphasis on illegal contact fouls during the upcoming season.

From 2002 to 2020, there were an average of 97 penalties for illegal contact called by NFL officials. In 2021, there were only 36.

Illegal contact penalties can be called if a defensive player makes contact with a receiver more than five yards off the line of scrimmage while the quarterback has the ball and is in the pocket. If called, it is a five yard penalty and an automatic first down for the offensive team.

In administering illegal contact, officials must first identify the prohibited contact and then confirm the position of the ball and quarterback. The committee encouraged officials to move more quickly from the contact to the quarterback, in order to better enforce the foul.

League sources surveyed by ESPN were split on whether the wording of this year’s illegal contact instructions will lead to a spike in flags, as occurred after the two previous points of emphasis for the foul. In 2014, flags illegal for illegal contact rose to 148 from 52 in 2013. In 2004, they rose to 191 from 79 in 2003.

Football fans aren’t exactly thrilled at this new “point of emphasis” on illegal contact for NFL officials

ESPN also reported that the NFL’s competition committee is trying to reduce the number of roughing the passer penalties that are called on plays that are clearly not roughing the passer. Now, “contact to the helmet and below the knee area must be forcible.”

Yep… that is definitely a problem.

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