Jets penalized on incredibly delicate, questionable roughing the passer call on Browns’ Baker Mayfield,
Baker Mayfield escaped a devastatingly brutal chest bump Sunday afternoon.
Defending quarterbacks is nice — defending all gamers is an effective and worthy purpose in the NFL — however typically the traces get blurred between contact sport and two-hand contact. That is one thing the NFL would possibly need to try.
Jets defensive lineman Foluronso Fatukasi was flagged for roughing the passer penalty on Baker Mayfield and … properly, check out what is likely to be the softest, worst roughing the passer call in the sport’s historical past:
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Nobody is saying homicide the quarterback, nevertheless it’s arduous to see what precisely a 300-plus-pound defender barreling down on a quarterback is meant to do on this state of affairs. Fatukasi pulled up and, moderately exaggeratedly, pulled his arms away from Mayfield to drive residence there was no malicious intent behind the … chest bump.
I’ve seen infants cuddle their grandmas with extra ferocity than this roughing the passer call.
Bench the whole crew for this, it’s nothing however referee attention-seeking. pic.twitter.com/gbl14o52D2
— Laurie Horesh (@LaurieHoresh) December 27, 2020
Somebody clarify the roughing the passer simply known as in opposition to the jets…… am I dropping my thoughts WTF…..
— Mike Golic (@espngolic) December 27, 2020
Whereas the NFL’s rule e book is thorough in the case of what precisely is roughing the passer, it is troublesome to see how Fatukasi actually transgressed right here: Might his facemask have made contact with Mayfield? His momentum was pulling him towards the Browns quarterback.
In any case, the call might have been proper (that is a stretch) however the judgement remains to be questionable, at greatest. For much less ambiguity, perhaps the NFL can rename the penalty to “tapping the passer” in 2021.