This offseason the NFL adopted a controversial roughing the passer penalty that prohibits defenders from landing with their weight on top of QB’s.
A rushing defender is prohibited from committing such intimidating and punishing acts as “stuffing” a passer into the ground or unnecessarily wrestling or driving him down after the passer has thrown the ball, even if the rusher makes his initial contact with the passer within the one-step limitation provided for in (a) above. When tackling a passer who is in a defenseless posture (e.g., during or just after throwing a pass), a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw him 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.
This week the NFL’s competition committee held conference call to discuss the rule but they ultimately decided that nothing would change this season.
Via USA Today
The league announced that its competition committee conducted a conference call Wednesday evening “to discuss the enforcement of roughing the passer rules with a specific emphasis on the use of body weight by a defender.”
The group reviewed infractions of the rule, which has been in place since 1995 but is being re-emphasized in the name of quarterback safety, from both this season’s games and last year’s.
Per the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, Troy Vincent, the committee ultimately “determined there would be no changes to the point of emphasis approved this spring or to the rule.
During tonight’s Colts-Patriots Thursday night game, Colts fans were up in arms when Andrew Luck was crushed by two defenders but somehow didn’t draw a roughing the passer penalty.
To make matters worse, Tom Brady was able to draw a roughing the passer penalty after Colts player barely touched him on the helmet.