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Expect more defensive holding, illegal contact flags this year

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NFL rules have already done plenty to favor the passing game, but this year may be the biggest passing season yet.

That’s because, as explained by veteran referee Ed Hochuli, NFL officials are planning to emphasize defensive holding and illegal contact this season. Hochuli said that early in the year, when defensive backs haven’t yet learned how strictly the officials are going to call the penalties, the flags will fly frequently.

“I would expect there may be more fouls called in the first preseason game and the first regular-season game,” Hochuli told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The big one is holding. We’ve also tightened up the rule on illegal contact. We’ve always given a little leeway on that.

Opposing offenses complained last season that the Super Bowl champion Seahawks were grabbing and holding and not getting flagged for it. This year the Seahawks may have to adjust their style. And offenses across the league may put up even bigger numbers than ever before.

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  1. dough21 says: Aug 1, 2014 6:05 AM

    The Seahawks nullify the saying, “Cheaters never win.” We’ll see what happens this year.

  2. andrewluck12 says: Aug 1, 2014 6:09 AM

    Before everyone starts complaining, these rules have been in place for a long time.

  3. bullcharger says: Aug 1, 2014 6:09 AM

    Please stop changing the rules to help the offense. The game has changed so much that all time greats are dropping out of the record books left and right to be replaced by guys like Matt Stafford. It’s not right. Let them play. We don’t need a record breaking offense every year.

  4. marcuswelby1 says: Aug 1, 2014 6:16 AM

    This all started with the whining of Bill Polian, and the constant complaining of Peyton Manning.

  5. gmen32 says: Aug 1, 2014 6:16 AM

    If these are legit calls, that’s fine. However, there is nothing that can ruin a game faster than borderline calls causing flags to constantly fly. I guess the NFL has figured out that offense sells tickets because at this pace quarterbacks will be throwing for 8000 yards a season. Quarterbacks are bubble wrapped now and the receivers are given every chance to be open. Sometimes NFL, it is just better to leave the game alone.

  6. schmokes says: Aug 1, 2014 6:20 AM

    seahawks*?

  7. osiris33 says: Aug 1, 2014 6:24 AM

    If you can’t beat em, sick the refs on ‘em. Won’t matter. Most physical guy was Browner, and he’s now in New England.

    Re-Pete.

  8. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 6:30 AM

    Let’s hope Hochuli shortens his explanations on each penalty this year

  9. bigbenownsthenfl says: Aug 1, 2014 6:35 AM

    Well. There goes the Seahawks chances at a repeat! Hey cryhawk fans go on your rant about superbowl xl. Us steeler fans love your sweet, sweet tears! Hahahaha!

  10. nostalgicsound says: Aug 1, 2014 6:36 AM

    Yet another thing going for offenses this year. Well let’s see how much this effects the Seahawks dbacks this year. Game one of the regular season shall be a bit more interesting.

  11. nyninerfan says: Aug 1, 2014 6:39 AM

    Well Dick Sherman, you had a nice run while it lasted.

  12. dapollock69 says: Aug 1, 2014 6:43 AM

    Also changed: instead of throwing a flag, Ed gets to throw a dumbbell.

  13. dldavidlong says: Aug 1, 2014 6:53 AM

    the nfl really wants peyton manning to win superbowls.

  14. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Aug 1, 2014 6:58 AM

    Finally we get some teams who want to play physical defense like days of yesteryear…

    SEA, SF, CAR, NYJ, now/again NE. Like days of old, back to – ye ole, mob thy receiver at the line and beyond thy help me jebus and holy flag that shalt not be throwneth for all viewers and fantasy players sake alike…

    We can all thank Bill Polian and the 04 Colts for this. Or Rather the gullible and greedy owners who signed off and bought into (fisher and the rules comm) Pollians trap. They literately dictated how the game would be played from said point forward, based off their own teams dynamic and strategic advantages. Well, we’re all paying the price for it now!

    Cant say i’d hate- if Tyree didnt have pine tar on his gloves!

    Leaches:nfl

  15. jetsbandwagon says: Aug 1, 2014 6:59 AM

    Seahawks really have zero rings due to their rings. We have one, will be 8 by 2025!!!!

    #JetsDynasty
    #WeHaveOneSeahawksHaveNone

  16. Most of you would be rapturous if your team won just one measly Super Bowl. We won it once, then again, and again, and again, yet again, oh, look, another one. You shrivel in our shadow. We define greatness. We built the NFL. We are the Steelers. says: Aug 1, 2014 7:01 AM

    Seahawks D will be exposed

  17. rufusporter says: Aug 1, 2014 7:02 AM

    I wish the NFL would stop trying to engineer wins for certain teams and players and just let the games play themselves out.

    Make up a set of rules and enforce them the same year in and year out.

  18. timbuttrum says: Aug 1, 2014 7:02 AM

    The most missed call in the game is actually Offensive PI. Can’t stand watching all the blatant push offs that don’t get call.

  19. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 1, 2014 7:09 AM

    ESPECIALLY… whenever tom brady is on the field.

  20. banlarson says: Aug 1, 2014 7:09 AM

    As bad as the Packer defense is, if they actually call defensive holding this year their team may not win a game.

  21. wetdentist says: Aug 1, 2014 7:16 AM

    if anything, the rule should be changed from a 5 yard zone where contact is allowed, to a 7-10 yard zone. this is getting ridiculous

  22. paleandpasty says: Aug 1, 2014 7:18 AM

    U mad bro? Cause there went most of your game.

  23. curmudgeon13 says: Aug 1, 2014 7:24 AM

    How long before Goodell outlaws the blitz?

  24. raiderufan says: Aug 1, 2014 7:25 AM

    The league needs to institute the college rules to playing pass defense. Hit em till the ball is in the air. It would allow DB’s to play true defense against a reciever AND I believe cut down on high impact head shots. With the rules the way they are WR’s are just running free around the field and DB’s/LB’s are left in zones trying to guestimate where the ball is going so they can impact the WR as soon as it gets there rather than cover and shut them down.

    They are creating rules that are separating the players in coverage more and more leading to more and more run up and smash hits that could be avoided if the DB was allowed anywhere near the WR through his route.

  25. losingisnotanoption says: Aug 1, 2014 7:27 AM

    As long as they don’t call those phantom defensive holds, then I got no problem with this.

    It’s the bad call on 3rd or 4th down that gives the offense 3 more plays they don’t deserve that drive me nuts.

  26. denverdude7 says: Aug 1, 2014 7:28 AM

    NOW they decide to start calling pass interference the way it was called for everybody else except the Seahawks.

    … and yes, I am referring to the play in Super Bowl 48 when Earl Thomas completely interfered with Demaryious Thomas in the middle of the field no less, and no flag was thrown.

    Even the Seahawks couldn’t believe they got away with that one.

  27. diveleft says: Aug 1, 2014 7:30 AM

    Looks like the Seahawks will have to find a different way to cheat their way to another Super Bowl this year.

  28. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 1, 2014 7:32 AM

    The NFL has become the passing league and that will continue.

  29. vikingsnorth says: Aug 1, 2014 7:33 AM

    There’s also a new rule about no Skittles. Wonder who these are targeting?

  30. heisthejuan says: Aug 1, 2014 7:35 AM

    How come every time Peyton has an embarrassing playoff loss they have to crack down on PI? Make a play, don’t have the refs make it for you.

  31. truthfactory says: Aug 1, 2014 7:37 AM

    Don’t I remember hearing that the Seahawks strategy was literally to hold on every play, knowing that the refs simply can’t/ won’t call it everytime and will begin to allow them to get away with it?

    If thats the case, then good job on the emphasis of the EXISTING rules.

  32. sgunderson17 says: Aug 1, 2014 7:38 AM

    Legion of Boom → Legion of Laundry

  33. mackie66 says: Aug 1, 2014 7:43 AM

    All right, its about time for the NFL to slow down the game even more with their rush to throw flags. I rather watch grass grow.

  34. shutdaup says: Aug 1, 2014 7:44 AM

    Let’s see who has the best back field now.

  35. eaglesw00t says: Aug 1, 2014 7:48 AM

    Good. Watching Richard Sherman have an armful of receiver, then calling himself great is sickening.

    I cant wait to see how many of these self proclaimed “best CB in the NFL” look like crap this year.

    My money is that Patrick Peterson emerges at the top. And the big, physical corners that are used to jamming 15 yards downfield look like crap.

  36. ronin262 says: Aug 1, 2014 7:51 AM

    This rule will be known as the “Butthurt 49ers” rule

  37. officialgame says: Aug 1, 2014 7:53 AM

    The league has been going back and forth on this issue forever. Just watching the games last year it was obvious Seattle was getting away with murder and it was turned up a notch in the playoffs. It was one of those things where if you do it every play how can you call it? The Carolina Panthers went to a Superbowl in 2003 with a lot of average players doing the same thing then the NFL cracked down for awhile.

  38. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 1, 2014 8:10 AM

    Renewed emphasis on PI or not, the Hawks won’t change their strategy much. PI = ball at the spot of the foul. Catch = Ball at the spot where the foul would have occurred + possibly more yards. And renewed emphasis or not, the refs will not throw 5, 6, 7 flags in a row, so the theory of “just do it and you’ll eventually get away with it” is still valid.

  39. andymannfl says: Aug 1, 2014 8:11 AM

    I agree totally with gmen32. Just make the legit calls.

  40. 4grammarpolice says: Aug 1, 2014 8:16 AM

    MLB > NFL

    Is, always was, always will be

  41. nosleeptilsb says: Aug 1, 2014 8:20 AM

    Looks like the Seahawks were the last team to play the game that still slightly resembled football. Between the pink tutu Tom Brady should wear, and the prom gowns the prima donna receivers will sport this season, all hail the new game of pitch and catch.

  42. datdude84 says: Aug 1, 2014 8:21 AM

    This penalty imo really only affects one team. I agree rules need to quit being changed to help offenses but holding is not one of them. There is a difference between being physical and holding. Seahawks do both. I don’t think they cheat because of something th e refs weren’t calling but it was blatant and obvious.

  43. sb44champs says: Aug 1, 2014 8:27 AM

    …No repeat for Seahawks and their fans…hahaha

  44. ragnarthegreat says: Aug 1, 2014 8:31 AM

    one on of these forums in the past, someone suggested a system where a player can “foul out”if they commit the same foul 3 times. This would have completely prevented the concerns around the Seahawks committing repeated penalties knowing ref’s wouldn’t call them all. I think there is merit in this idea and it might eliminate the need to change rules every year.

  45. hodag54501 says: Aug 1, 2014 8:38 AM

    “Hochuli, the body-by-Popeye referee”—really enjoyed this phrase by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel…. “I’m strong to the finich ‘cuz I eat me spinach, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man!”

  46. qdog112 says: Aug 1, 2014 8:43 AM

    Cool, let’s slow the game down, in favor of more offense.

    Any chance they’ll call any pass route, pick plays, since they are illegal and they actually can injure players who are blind-sided?

    Peyton will love that.

  47. izlez says: Aug 1, 2014 8:43 AM

    Well, Richard Sherman just became the most over-paid player in the league.

    …But then again, he’s always been playing under a different set of rules than everyone else, I guess this doesn’t change that

  48. cb2gbequalssb says: Aug 1, 2014 8:46 AM

    I’d say 90% that commented on this article are pretty simple minded and have never played a down of football in their lives..
    PI has been part of the game forever.. They’re not changing any rules. Just going to actually call the call when they are suppose to. Instead of “just letting them play illegally”
    If they both pushing and pulling on each other then let them play. But cb is grabbing their jersery cause they too slow to keep up *cough Sherman cough* then they will be penalized like they are suppose to be. Dont like it, then dont watch it.
    Cobb is going to tear up that secondary week one just saying..

  49. cmoney4949 says: Aug 1, 2014 8:46 AM

    the new “seahawk rule”

  50. kaspauf says: Aug 1, 2014 8:58 AM

    This is the death of of Rex Rayn’s D… they get flagged for this a ton before this article… well goodbye Rex…

  51. jchipwood says: Aug 1, 2014 8:59 AM

    There is no way possible Brady can get any more calls his way since his receivers already have the halo rule apparently.

  52. FinFan68 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:14 AM

    Please move the “report comment” to the right side of the comments. It is too close to the thumbs tally and I have accidentally hit it a few times (no doubt others have s well) with no way to undo it.

  53. 12thman84 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:14 AM

    Well. There goes the Seahawks chances at a repeat! Hey cryhawk fans go on your rant about superbowl xl. Us steeler fans love your sweet, sweet tears! Hahahaha!
    —————————————–

    Your team hasn’t won a playoff game, or even had a winning season since getting Tebowed……. Make the playoffs, then comment.

    Super Bowl Champs

    Go Hawks

  54. shayeezy says: Aug 1, 2014 9:20 AM

    bizarre that they’re only focusing on defensive holding, when offensive holding (OL and WRs) and screens/pick plays are just as common and detrimental to the game. if i have to watch ryan clady put tamba hali in a headlock multiple times a game again, i’m going to write a VERY strongly worded letter to goodell.

  55. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 1, 2014 9:21 AM

    This will benefit Hawks more than anyone.

    The best DBs will be able best to adjust – according to Neon Hawks are the best defensive backfield in the history of the game.

    Hawks receivers will be 100% better. No teams’ receivers got marginally better than Seattle’s.

    This year’s excuse will be that the calls are hitting your mediocre DBs .

  56. acooke5592 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:23 AM

    OK, I’ll say it: I want more offense. I’m not a purist, I’ll take a high scoring game over a “defensive struggle” any day. I loved the Dallas v. Denver game last year… first to 50 wins. Give me a few of those each week and I’ll call it the best season ever.

  57. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 1, 2014 9:25 AM

    Don’t I remember hearing that the Seahawks strategy was literally to hold on every play, knowing that the refs simply can’t/ won’t call it everytime and will begin to allow them to get away with it====================

    Yes, you “heard it” from butt hurt Niner and Bronco fans.

  58. weepingjebus says: Aug 1, 2014 9:25 AM

    Rule changes won’t save Manning, they never have. 43-8 with 2 ints (one a pick-6), a fumble, and a safety — all because of a few missed holding calls? Sure.

  59. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 1, 2014 9:26 AM

    Well. There goes the Seahawks chances at a repeat! Hey cryhawk fans go on your rant about superbowl xl. Us steeler fans love your sweet, sweet tears! Hahahaha
    =============
    Steelers? You guys still have a team?

  60. phuzzball says: Aug 1, 2014 9:31 AM

    If they want to be more strict on PI, what about holding on the OL? It happens every play. Give D a chance.

  61. ratsfoiledagain says: Aug 1, 2014 9:35 AM

    Many are saying the re-enforcement of the rule book is due to what Seattle has done the past couple of years. Maybe, maybe not. But if Seattle was getting away with the calls why weren’t other teams DB’s taking notice and doing the same?

    Enforce the rules on the books. As a Seahawks fan I don’t mind this at all. That being said, when will the league enforce OPI on receivers? Receivers on every team push off to get separation. They’re just trained to not straighten out their arm when doing so, because that is what the refs are looking for.

  62. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 1, 2014 9:42 AM

    “WE LOVE YOU PEYTON. HERE’S A SUPER BOWL JUST FOR YOU.” – NFL 2014 & 2006

  63. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 1, 2014 9:44 AM

    NOW they decide to start calling pass interference the way it was called for everybody else except the Seahawks.

    … and yes, I am referring to the play in Super Bowl 48 when Earl Thomas completely interfered with Demaryious Thomas in the middle of the field no less, and no flag was thrown.

    Even the Seahawks couldn’t believe they got away with that one
    ====================

    Dude, seriously? It was 43-8 and that’s only because the Hawks let up.

    Their two meetings were 83-18.

    I’m sure your imagined no call was the difference.

  64. bassplucker says: Aug 1, 2014 9:46 AM

    The inability or unwillingness of officials the last few years to enforce rules already on the books, is a major reason why teams’ rosters are now stocked with 6’4 WRs and TEs the size of NBA power forwards. Once GMs and coaches realized that DBs were being allowed to bully smaller WRs with impunity (especially in the red zone), the only countermeasure was to bring in tall, strong pass catchers to counter that.

  65. JackedUpSports says: Aug 1, 2014 9:46 AM

    it’s not supposed to be madden, Goodell. its the nfl.

    no fun league

  66. notthetroll says: Aug 1, 2014 9:50 AM

    No one is going to notice much of a difference. Most of the cries of holding and PI were bluster anyway. There are a few teams who mug receivers, and I think they will clean that up.

  67. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 1, 2014 9:50 AM

    @realitycheckbaby: how often do you change teams? Two years ago you adopted the Ravens…. Front running troll.

  68. sandersmarcus10 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:51 AM

    I laugh at all you Seahawks haters, like NO OTHER TEAMS hold, you clowns are fooling yourself big time. Next you will want the Seahawks to stop hitting and stop rushing the passer!

  69. kabe444 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:51 AM

    I guess we will get to see the Hawks offense put up 50 points each week. It really is fun being hated for being the best. CMON SEATTLE!!!

  70. dbara43 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:53 AM

    Yes because there’s just not enough offense in this league and every fan wants to see more penalties called.

    The people running this league are idiots.

  71. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 1, 2014 9:56 AM

    @realitycheckbaby: how often do you change teams? Two years ago you adopted the Ravens…. Front running troll

    ===========
    uh, no.

    Try again please.

  72. fballguy says: Aug 1, 2014 9:56 AM

    Great…Because I was just thinking the problem with the NFL is that there are too few penalties called.

  73. noladat says: Aug 1, 2014 9:57 AM

    I am so glad Sherman got paid this offseason! Cuz he is gonna be toast without holding! He is too slow to play without holding! He is gonna be beat over and over or it will rain flags!

  74. thesportsman76 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:59 AM

    They also have a new false start rule that doesn’t favor the offense at all. So i guess you can call it even .

  75. pillowporkers says: Aug 1, 2014 10:01 AM

    timbuttrum says:Aug 1, 2014 7:02 AM

    The most missed call in the game is actually Offensive PI. Can’t stand watching all the blatant push offs that don’t get call.

    ——————————————————–

    Totally agree. Idk how many Offensive PI I saw Eric Decker get away with. He’s the worst I’ve seen. Antonio Brown isn’t far behind, he’s just a little smoother about it out of his breaks on the timing routes.

  76. joewilliesshnoz says: Aug 1, 2014 10:03 AM

    More flags, mean more commercials, that means more money.

  77. toybkshr says: Aug 1, 2014 10:04 AM

    Yeah, just what’s needed, more stoppage of the action & flow of the game, and longer games. GR8 decision – NFL!??

  78. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 1, 2014 10:09 AM

    Don’t worry everyone, Goodell has a plan.

    He’s going to offset how more flags will slow the game and make it unwatchable by moving extra points to the 15 yard line.

    No one will want to miss that!

  79. mikeinfected says: Aug 1, 2014 10:09 AM

    if this does actually happen I know a man who is going to be “mad”…bro.

  80. trollhammer20 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:11 AM

    Score another win for fans of Madden and fantasy football.

    Fantasy geeks’ lips quiver and their eyes tear up when they see a real defense come along and limit their favorite superstars to far below their average s.

    They won’t be happy until scoring surpasses the level of the arena league.

    The league actually apologized to Seattle twice last year for bad PI calls. So don’t worry, fantasy fans: When your team gets hosed by calls made by officials afraid to let players play football, they’ll get a phone call and a “Whoops. Sorry about that.”

  81. mickton says: Aug 1, 2014 10:24 AM

    Soon the final score will be determined by simulation

  82. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:31 AM

    The NFL is getting ever more detached from what the fans want.

  83. ghjjf says: Aug 1, 2014 10:34 AM

    I hope you’re satisfied now that every game will end with over 1000 yards passing and a basketball game final score.

  84. schuskol says: Aug 1, 2014 10:34 AM

    The nfl wants every game to be like broncos vs. cowboys last year.

  85. floreskins says: Aug 1, 2014 10:36 AM

    trollhammer20 says:
    Aug 1, 2014 10:11 AM
    Score another win for fans of Madden and fantasy football.
    ———————————
    I take it you lost your fantasy league last year, huh?

  86. FinFan68 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:44 AM

    acooke5592 says:
    Aug 1, 2014 9:23 AM
    OK, I’ll say it: I want more offense. I’m not a purist, I’ll take a high scoring game over a “defensive struggle” any day. I loved the Dallas v. Denver game last year… first to 50 wins. Give me a few of those each week and I’ll call it the best season ever.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That’s called the AFL (Arena Football League)

  87. dacktle49 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:51 AM

    *SEASTERISK*
    *LODB’S*

  88. ghost26 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:53 AM

    ‘harrisonhits2 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:31 AM

    The NFL is getting ever more detached from what the fans want.’

    Harrison,

    I couldn’t agree more. I just don’t get it. Who wants the referees to call MORE penalties? Isn’t it already tough enough to play defense w/ all the ridiculous rules in place that favor the offense?

  89. farmmbig says: Aug 1, 2014 10:59 AM

    I just wish they would call ALL games similar to how they call playoff games…. Especially last year’s playoffs.

    For the most part, the Zebras kept flags in their pockets and only called obvious interference penalties..

    Bu guys like Hochuli seem to use regular season games as a way to become popular and call as many tacky/ridiculous penalties as possible… Giving them more “screen time”.

  90. skinfangray says: Aug 1, 2014 11:05 AM

    ratsfoiledagain says: Aug 1, 2014 9:35 AM

    Many are saying the re-enforcement of the rule book is due to what Seattle has done the past couple of years. Maybe, maybe not. But if Seattle was getting away with the calls why weren’t other teams DB’s taking notice and doing the same?

    Enforce the rules on the books. As a Seahawks fan I don’t mind this at all. That being said, when will the league enforce OPI on receivers? Receivers on every team push off to get separation. They’re just trained to not straighten out their arm when doing so, because that is what the refs are looking for.
    ******************************************

    So, you are saying that breaking the rules is fine, because both teams could have done it? Has it occurred to you that this is a pattern that has followed Pete Carroll from USC? Cheat until you get caught. Then find another way to cheat until you get caught that way. Just look at the PED violations. Don’t argue that you didn’t take them, just argue that the tester mishandled your specimen. And Richard Sherman did admit that their strategy was to have everyone hold all the way down the field, knowing that at worst, they would only get called a handful of times. But it would completely take the receivers out of their game. That is learned behavior, and it is learned from Pete Carroll.

  91. ghost26 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:06 AM

    ‘Opposing offenses complained last season that the Super Bowl champion Seahawks were grabbing and holding and not getting flagged for it. ‘

    This is a joke. Like the offenses don’t get enough calls??? You can barely touch the QB anymore & anytime a Safety or LB makes a big hit over the middle there’s a flag thrown. Bunch of cry babies.

    The Broncos got blown out b/c they were a soft football team that couldn’t match the physicality in the SB. Although I dislike the Seahawks (mainly b/c of Sherman & their annoying fans) this is is ridiculous. The REAL SB was the NFC Championship game. Deal with it Roger.

  92. dacktle49 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:08 AM

    farmmbig says:
    Aug 1, 2014 10:59 AM
    I just wish they would call ALL games similar to how they call playoff games…. Especially last year’s playoffs.

    For the most part, the Zebras kept flags in their pockets and only called obvious interference penalties..

    Bu guys like Hochuli seem to use regular season games as a way to become popular and call as many tacky/ridiculous penalties as possible… Giving them more “screen time”.

    —-
    You must not have watched the NFC championship game.

  93. claymus1 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:09 AM

    Wonder what excuses will be used this time next year after Seattle repeats?

  94. ghost26 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:10 AM

    ‘farmmbig says: Aug 1, 2014 10:59 AM

    I just wish they would call ALL games similar to how they call playoff games…. Especially last year’s playoffs.

    For the most part, the Zebras kept flags in their pockets and only called obvious interference penalties..’

    Farmmbig,

    Agreed. SF vs. GB & SF vs. Seattle were two of the best games of the season.

  95. natelan says: Aug 1, 2014 11:10 AM

    denverdude7 says:
    Aug 1, 2014 7:28 AM
    NOW they decide to start calling pass interference the way it was called for everybody else except the Seahawks.

    … and yes, I am referring to the play in Super Bowl 48 when Earl Thomas completely interfered with Demaryious Thomas in the middle of the field no less, and no flag was thrown.

    Even the Seahawks couldn’t believe they got away with that one.

    —————————————–

    Because then your team would have only lost by 30 instead of 40…?

    Wahhhhhhh.

  96. censorshipstinks says: Aug 1, 2014 11:15 AM

    Seattle Repeat. Not likely.

    I just do not understand how Florio let this go. It is disparaging to the Seahawks.

  97. olcap says: Aug 1, 2014 11:25 AM

    Why are people that obviously HATE the NFL, running it?

  98. phinagain says: Aug 1, 2014 11:31 AM

    Good, enforce these rules. But fix the pass interference rules. Make it a spot foul with a 15 yard maximum. Even 20 would be better than what it is now. Or at worst make PI calls over 15 yards an automatic booth review.

  99. beerbratscheese says: Aug 1, 2014 11:46 AM

    I just want them to be consistent. I’ve seen WRs get absolutely mugged and there’s no call. I see minimal contact where a WRs momentum is not altered in the least and a flag comes out. And I have seen these calls both hurt and help my favorite team, so I’m not pointing fingers at any team, just the refs.

  100. thefox61 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:47 AM

    This is not a rule to target The Legion of Boom, people. It will affect ALL secondaries. Seattle has one of the top 3 defenses. Let me say that again, SEATTLE HAS ONE OF THE TOP 3 DEFENSES. It may slow down the secondary but when your QB is running for his life or on his back he ain’t gonna make any completions. You see football is a team sport. You make a rule to limit one part of the game and all it does is open up another part and if your team does not have all the pieces in place in all parts of the game you will be doomed. Will this affect the Seahawks secondary? Yes. Will it affect the strength of the defense overall? That remains to be seen, but, probably not much. The affect will be much more apparent for those teams that have strong secondaries and a weak front 7.

    G O S E A H A W K S !

  101. thefox61 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:50 AM

    Oh, and the affect will be greater on those teams that have weak secondaries.

  102. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 1, 2014 11:55 AM

    muscle man Ed!
    good pic for story MDS

  103. seatownballers says: Aug 1, 2014 12:02 PM

    Every rule favors the offense. Taking the over in most games, as this will stop the clock and help teams score

  104. southsidesteve86 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:11 PM

    Sounds exciting!

  105. watermelon1 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:18 PM

    (Except against Seattle, right NFL?)

  106. gbpshareholder says: Aug 1, 2014 12:25 PM

    what? you mean the ‘legion of boom’ might have to actually play without holding and grabbing everything… uh oh…

  107. inallsincerity says: Aug 1, 2014 12:28 PM

    I wish the NFL had done this prior to that Super Bowl where the Pats cheated the Rams. Just sayin’…

  108. tvguy22 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:36 PM

    By 2020, offensive players will be wearing flags on their hips.

  109. seahawkhuskyfan says: Aug 1, 2014 12:40 PM

    How can you not like that Seahawks Defense?? I mean that is what football should be about. Come across the middle and get crushed. TE’s from New Orleans and SF didn’t fair too well against it. I mean this is a true footballs fans defense. If you don’t want the NFL to turn into flag football you should be rooting for this type of defense to come to your team!!

  110. armoderate says: Aug 1, 2014 12:41 PM

    It’s about time. For so many years, pass interference was a non-call. Twenty years ago, defensive backs wouldn’t have been able to do what they do now including pulling the receiver by the jersey, holding their arms so that can’t raise them up, pushing the receiver off beyond even 10 yards. The only way a flag is thrown now a days is when the DB has his back to the ball and he’s mugging the receiver. However, receivers have been able to get away with things they would have been flag for 20 years ago as well. Like push offs beyond 10 yards. These should be emphasized too.

  111. navyboy0812 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:56 PM

    The Legion of Boom Rule

  112. bassplucker says: Aug 1, 2014 1:00 PM

    Disagree with changing defensive PI to the college format. If you’ve got a QB that can fling it 50 yards in the air and a WR who can get in position to have a reasonable chance of catching it, and the WR get mugged 50 yards downfield, you should absolutely get the benefit of all that distance on the penalty.

    The only teams that benefit from the college format for defensive PI are teams with noodle-arm QBs and teams with bad DBs. The deterrence factor of a 30- or 40-yard penalty for PI on a long pass play keeps DBs honest and preserves the opportunity for big plays.

  113. 12thman84 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:03 PM

    @realitycheckbaby: how often do you change teams? Two years ago you adopted the Ravens…. Front running troll.
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    (this is when copy/paste comes in handy)

    Your team hasn’t won a playoff game, or even had a winning season since getting Tebowed……. Make the playoffs, then comment.

    Super Bowl Champs

    Go Hawks

  114. theheyseed says: Aug 1, 2014 1:04 PM

    Interesting that all you have to do is say pass interference and the page fills up with Seahawk loudmouths. Goodell finally got what he wanted, some interest in the NFL up in the London of the USA, now that they gave a trophy to that mushroom farm they are talking about sending a team to the real London. Every year there is a team that Goodell and company decide should win to spread the money around, it’s all about money. Funny thing is it took the Seahawks a couple years even with help from Roger and Ed Hochuli doing their best to actually win it. Hate to break it to you Hawk fans but they will choose a new team this year.

  115. 12thman84 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:18 PM

    Interesting that all you have to do is say pass interference and the page fills up with Seahawk loudmouths. Goodell finally got what he wanted, some interest in the NFL up in the London of the USA, now that they gave a trophy to that mushroom farm they are talking about sending a team to the real London. Every year there is a team that Goodell and company decide should win to spread the money around, it’s all about money. Funny thing is it took the Seahawks a couple years even with help from Roger and Ed Hochuli doing their best to actually win it. Hate to break it to you Hawk fans but they will choose a new team this year.
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    Ok then Captain Conspiracy, you can now put your aluminum foil hat back on……..

    Go Hawks

  116. cincyalldaway says: Aug 1, 2014 1:30 PM

    They’re talking to you Dick Squirmen! You’re about to be exposed for the poser that you are. My guess is the Shehawks will ask for most if not all of lil Dick’s salary back this year as there’s absolutely no way he can earn it without hanging all over his man from one end of the field to the other! EXPOSURE ISA COMIN!

  117. dalcow4 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:34 PM

    So much for the Seawagon repeating…

  118. willyalistentothis says: Aug 1, 2014 1:43 PM

    This should make the game faster over the middle which should help create more massive collisions which will do nothing for player safety. Shocks me that nobody ever talks about this!!

  119. theheyseed says: Aug 1, 2014 1:44 PM

    Like I said a page full of Hawk fans that all of a sudden are experts on everything NFL
    A few years ago it was the Stealers getting all the calls. I have never played a down of football, but have watched it for 40 years. It isn’t hard to see the pattern.

  120. 12thman84 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:03 PM

    Like I said a page full of Hawk fans that all of a sudden are experts on everything NFL
    A few years ago it was the Stealers getting all the calls. I have never played a down of football, but have watched it for 40 years. It isn’t hard to see the pattern.
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    Oh ye of much knowledge, Steelers is spelled S- T- E-E-L-E-R-S.

    Go Hawks

  121. snaponrules says: Aug 1, 2014 2:11 PM

    Wont change a thing except for the other 31 teams. The seahawks perfect plan ladt year ( and allowed by the league) was to hold on every play knowing the refs wouldn’t throw 5 flags in a row.
    No matter how much they claim it will be different this year. I would be willing to bet the stripes still wont throw 5 flags in a row. They have to keep the game moving.
    But you can bet sherman is goibg to hold 5 times in a row. Its the only way he can “cover” anybody.

  122. spytdi says: Aug 1, 2014 2:17 PM

    They’re worried about derogatory names, but it’s the rules that will kill the game first. Shame

  123. thegoods24 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:25 PM

    Love all these comments. Keep the hate going for the hawks baby! Just drives us. Makes the chip bigger. Everyone is so butthurt about how good our secondary is that they just came in their pants at this news. Don’t be too let down when it doesn’t change anything and your teams offense continues to get rocked by the LoB!

    (Wonder how many butthurt fans will give this a thumbs down lol)

  124. bassplucker says: Aug 1, 2014 2:27 PM

    It would also be nice if they would go back to calling OFFENSIVE holding. But that will never happen due to QB safety, so the next best thing would be if they would at least let every team’s OL hold equally.

  125. drunkraider says: Aug 1, 2014 2:54 PM

    guess this means im going QB first pick in FF

  126. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 1, 2014 2:59 PM

    What the hell! I just spent big bucks on two of the biggest DB molesters in the business, and now they’re going to have to depend on actual skill and speed. We’re screwed.

    Signed,
    Bill Belichick

  127. ratsfoiledagain says: Aug 1, 2014 3:12 PM

    skinfangray says:
    Aug 1, 2014 11:05 AM

    So, you are saying that breaking the rules is fine, because both teams could have done it? Has it occurred to you that this is a pattern that has followed Pete Carroll from USC? Cheat until you get caught. Then find another way to cheat until you get caught that way. Just look at the PED violations. Don’t argue that you didn’t take them, just argue that the tester mishandled your specimen. And Richard Sherman did admit that their strategy was to have everyone hold all the way down the field, knowing that at worst, they would only get called a handful of times. But it would completely take the receivers out of their game. That is learned behavior, and it is learned from Pete Carroll.
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    You’re right, its a learned behavior. However, DB’s have been doing it for decades so don’t act like PC came up with something new.

    As far as cheating goes, you didn’t address receivers pushing off on their routes to get separation with no OPI flags thrown. I guess that’s okay since it’s a “learned behavior” that gives you fantasy points. Is Pete responsible for that as well? Ya know, since it’s cheating.

  128. skinfangray says: Aug 1, 2014 3:40 PM

    ratsfoiledagain says: Aug 1, 2014 3:12 PM

    You’re right, its a learned behavior. However, DB’s have been doing it for decades so don’t act like PC came up with something new.

    As far as cheating goes, you didn’t address receivers pushing off on their routes to get separation with no OPI flags thrown. I guess that’s okay since it’s a “learned behavior” that gives you fantasy points. Is Pete responsible for that as well? Ya know, since it’s cheating.
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    DBs have NOT been mugging receivers for decades. Pete Carroll designed his current defense to have big DB’s, who can outsize the opposing receivers, and then have all of them hold their man to give the line a chance to get pressure. He runs a youth football defense, with his cheating twist to it. I noticed that you cannot address the obvious with Carroll. Everywhere he has gone, a cheating scandal has followed him. He knows that the refs will not call a penalty on every play, so he has his DBs hold every play. Now, they will start getting flagged, and he will cry, like his fans on this page, that the league is targeting him and his team.

    As for receivers getting called for OPI or pushing off, refs will not call it because 99.9999% of the time, it is the receiver having to fight off a DB that is mugging him down the field. It might help if you looked at things objectively. Also, it is pretty funny that a Seahawks fan would complain of offensive pass interference after the monday night game vs GB a couple of years ago. Wait, nevermind. Most of you were not fans of the team until last season.

  129. steelerdynasty2010 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:56 PM

    “emphasizing” a rule makes me nervous. how do officials determine which rules to enforce more leniently and why do they seem to change every few years? more importantly, if the game is not harmed by not enforcing a rule (or set of rules) as it is written, why not change it? There’s no good reason to write, emphasize, de-emphasize, and they re-emphasize rules already on the books. Shorten up the book and/or better prepare the officials to memorize and just enforce the rules they way they are written. THEN, if there’s a problem, CHANGE the rule, dont emphasize it differently.

  130. icebowler says: Aug 1, 2014 4:20 PM

    The reason the refs didn’t call many penalties in the SF vs. GB playoff game is because it was so damn cold that the zebras couldn’t use their metal whistles and just wanted to get the game over asap.

    PS: Now I’m glad that the Packers @ Seattle this year IS the first game of the year.

  131. axespray says: Aug 2, 2014 3:09 AM

    Randall Cobb, Gronk, and Dustin Keller…

    Those guys saw what happens when you take away man coverages from the defenses.

    They’ll drop their guys back in zone coverage, they’d usually aim to light up a receiver – but they can’t do that anymore – so they aim low.

    Expect a ton of torn knees and broken legs this year.

  132. henke1966 says: Aug 3, 2014 2:41 PM

    Defense will not be winning any championship this year!

  133. tnfire69 says: Aug 6, 2014 3:20 PM

    So that means that they will be calling offensive PI more. They pick on dbs & cbs all the time for PI. They almost never call when WRs push off. As long as its legit on either side im fine with this.

  134. billyhvac says: Aug 7, 2014 7:44 AM

    Why don’t they ever focus on all of the offensive
    holding, that never seems to get called!

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