The average fan watches football and enjoys the action the hard hitting (II) all of the excitement and believes that NFL football is the greatest sport. It has become America’s favorite sport. But from and existentialist point of view I believe that Pro football is a great game but there are certain rules that sometimes ruin an entire game.
Rarely will you hear me say NCAA college football has it right considering how many things I personally believe they do wrong. But watching football over the past couple of weekends has made me realize they have at least one thing right, and that is the penalty for defensive pass interference.
In the college game the offense gets 15 yards and an automatic first down on defensive pass interference. When you juxtapose that rule with the pro game you will see what I mean. In the NFL when a defensive player is called for pass interference the offensive team not only gets an automatic 1st down but they get the ball at the spot where the interference took place. THAT’S A JOKE!!
There is a problem with how the NFL handles pass interference on so many levels. First off wide receivers are so much bigger than cornerbacks these days (II). And the rules are in favor of the wide outs due to changes in the game. Not only that but these 40 and 50 yard pass interference penalties are causing teams to lose games. Most of the calls made by the officials are subjective anyway; I mean if they wanted to, they could call holding on almost every play.
With that being said, games shouldn’t be loss due to bogus Pass Interference calls. A couple weeks ago I saw my own Broncos get a 49 yard Pass interference call that helped them win the game. A 49 yard penalty? Seriously? Well I guess it’s only right that yesterday my Broncos lost a game to the Jets due to a bogus pass interference call on fourth down.
If I were a struggling offense I would just throw the ball up and force the zebras to make a call. This current rule is deplorable! I understand the NFL’s need for scoring but for the biggest plays of the game to be pass interference calls is asinine. I just hope a playoff game or super bowl doesn’t get decided on a pass interference call. If it does just remember you heard me complaining on 10/18/10. With all that being said it could be worse. They could be like NBA refs.