First, a controversial draft of the passer call gave Tom Brady and the Buccaneers enough momentum to secure a narrow win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Then, in Monday night’s Chiefs-Raiders game, Kansas City’s Chris Jones was flagged for roughing up the passer after knocking the ball off Derek Carr’s hand, forcing a backpack fumble.
Kansas City still won by a point, but the call angered fans and players alike.
Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones tweeted his thoughts on the penalty kick during the game.
“I understand the NFL wants to protect its investment in the quarterback,” Jones wrote. “But you have to protect the integrity of the game.”
Many former NFL players and coaches also shared their thoughts on the call. Legendary linebacker Lawrence Taylor said the call was “terrible”. Former Saints head coach Sean Payton said referees needed “a lot of work” to make passer calls well. Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy said “it’s not football anymore.”
A harsh call to the setter can be costly for a defense. It’s a 15-yard penalty and can erase a key turnover like the one in the Raiders-Chiefs game. Taking such a penalty at the wrong time can drastically change the outcome of a match.
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