NFL – The Good, the Bad, and the Defensive Penalty

by on August 22, 2014 updated August 22, 2014


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The NFL, and the folks who buy tickets to watch NFL games, are closely aligned. The NFL has a target audience they attempt to please in any way they can. One of those ways is scoring. NFL fans want to see plenty of it. The more touchdowns the better. To that end, the NFL has gone through several rule changes, trying to get things rolling on the scoreboard.

So, the debate going on right now is how far the NFL can let things go without destroying the game. One thing that destroys the game is penalties. Fans are torn when it comes to defensive penalties. On the one hand, they complain about opposing teams holding and pass interference. On the other hand, they also like the idea of their own team being allowed to play defense.

In the 2014 preseason we’ve seen a ton of penalties called on defenses. It has obviously made some fans disgusted to watch endless penalties. I personally watched the New Orleans Saints rack up almost 30 penalties against the Titans. To say it made the game weaker is an understatement. The general consensus around the league is that the Seattle Seahawks worked the officials last season, playing very aggressively, knowing that NFL officials are reluctant to continually keep throwing flags.

Now we have the pushback and fans don’t like that either. The pendulum swings the other way and swings too far, yellow litters the field, and the firestorm is ignited. The answer is in the middle somewhere. If it was the Seahawks playing too aggressively, they should have been penalized in 2013. It would have been a better solution than what we’re seeing now.


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