The Seahawks, who picked up a win in September via one of the worst calls in recent NFL history, were upset that a potential game-clinching interception against the Dolphins was wiped out by a roughing the passer call on safety Earl Thomas.
“It just looked wrong,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “A very big call to make when the guy wasn’t intending to hit the quarterback or anything like that.”
And it was the right call. Quarterbacks are protected against forcible blows to the head, whether in or out of the pocket. Thomas, who jumped to block the pass, hit Tannehill forcibly in the head as Thomas was landing.
It’s that simple. Fans of the teams who draw such penalties may not like it, but the rules protect all quarterbacks, including Russell Wilson.