Editorial

Gabe's Gamble

Posted 11:22 PM by

     Is the NFL becoming soft? According to Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, it is.

     In his previous ten years in the league, Matthews has only been called for three roughing the passer penalties, yet already has three roughing the passer penalties after just the first three weeks of the 2018-19 season.

     He claims that the majority of his roughing the passer calls have been “textbook” tackles that he has done all throughout his career. However, the NFL heavily disagrees.

     The NFL states that this was a textbook foul. According to Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9, a defender must try to avoid putting their full body weight onto the quarterback. The NFL also released a comment that they will not change their new rules and everyone should get used to the penalties.

     Unfortunately for the NFL, no one is satisfied. Not only are coaches and players furious at the 34 roughing the passer calls in the first three weeks, but fans are as well.

     One of the aspects that has made football so popular is the physicality of the sport. The fans enjoy players being hit as much as they enjoy their team winning. They want to see the monster hits. Yes, watching a high quality quarterback playing to the best of their ability is also highly entertaining, but getting hit is part of the game. If a quarterback is not willing to be hit, then they should not play the game.

     Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, also called Big Ben, is against some of these calls, and he is a quarterback. Wide receivers and running backs get hit hard every time they get the ball, so what makes the quarterback any different? The defense’s job is to stop the offense, not worry about taking down the quarterback in a gentle way.

     Moreover, the league refuses to even show signs of hesitation about the changing the new rules, even with all the backlash it has caused. True, everyone wants players to remain safe and healthy but getting hit is part of the game and few hits actually cause season-ending injuries.

     There are certain hits that should definitely be called, but NFL analysts are shocked at some of the roughing the passer calls, believing them to be fair hits.

     If the NFL does not change their policy soon, they will start losing viewers. The people do not want the NFL to go soft, they want to see the hard, but legal, hits.

called, but NFL analysts are shocked at some of the roughing the passer calls, believing them to be fair hits.

If the NFL does not change their policy soon, they will start losing viewers. The people do not want the NFL to go soft, they want to see the hard, but legal, hits.