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Aaron Rodgers: Refs will boost passing offenses this year

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expects passing offenses around the NFL to be even more productive this season than they were last season, thanks to a stricter emphasis on illegal contact, pass interference and defensive holding.

Rodgers said after officials worked a Packers practice that the way the officials are calling those penalties this year, it can only help quarterbacks and wide receivers.

“I think you’re going to see the passing game reffed a little more tightly this year,” Rodgers said.

The best pass defense in the NFL last year was in Seattle, where opposing teams often complained that the Seahawks’ defensive backs got away with grabbing and holding receivers. Rodgers said he hopes penalties are called just as strictly in the Packers’ season opener at Seattle as they were when officials visited the Packers’ practice.

“I was joking with this crew that we might want them to head up to the Pacific Northwest in about a month,” Rodgers said.

If the NFL is serious about its officials getting strict with defensive backs, that will be bad news for teams like the Seahawks with physical pass defenses, and good news for teams like the Packers who rely on their passing offenses.

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  1. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Aug 3, 2014 6:31 AM

    Rodgers has always received favorable calls with the refs, nothing new for him.

  2. taylorgangtrippymane says: Aug 3, 2014 6:34 AM

    Aaron, I’m sorry, but you won’t be able to pass very much against Seattle. Fact.

  3. britishraven says: Aug 3, 2014 6:36 AM

    For the 2015 season, defensive backs will only be allowed to move once the ball has been caught by an offensive player.

  4. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:38 AM

    I’m a Packers fan, but seriously NFL, stop favoring the offenses all the time! Some people like to see defense!

    Records should fall to All-Time greats (Manning, Bree’s, Rodgers) not second rate players (Kaepernick, Stafford)

  5. olcap says: Aug 3, 2014 6:39 AM

    The proof will be in the pudding.

    What will they say if the Seahawk pass defense remains superior in light of this “stricter” enforcement of the rules?

  6. urlacher54 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:46 AM

    Seattle’ flagrant violations of the rules was only going to work for one season. They couldn’t change how they officiated mid season once everyone figured out what Seattle was doing, but it has been a focus for officiating crews this offseason.

  7. whatjusthapped says: Aug 3, 2014 7:03 AM

    The new emphasis on defensive holding will affect every team but I think it will impact the terrible secondaries the most. If the Vikings couldn’t cover anyone with the lax rules, what the heck are they going to do in 2014?

    (ah, that’s what you call a rhetorical question, the Vikings will finish in last place is the answer)

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 3, 2014 7:11 AM

    Yeah play the game the way it is supposed to be played, and in accordance with the rules. If you can’t figure out how to stop the passing attack then too bad for you, find something else to be good at. Maybe be one of those air traffic controllers, they’re good at waving things right by, or perhaps an unnecessarily rough baggage handler.

  9. gmen32 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:29 AM

    When was the last time the NFL implemented a rule which might actually give the defense a slight advantage? We passed the point LONG ago where you can actually compare offensive statistics from one generation to the next.

  10. t8ertot says: Aug 3, 2014 7:30 AM

    Why even play defense? Let’s just have a contest of who’s offense can score quicker.

  11. ballin99999 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:33 AM

    Just what the NFL needs…..more offense!!!! Let’s just eliminate defense altogether and see who can run the prettiest plays.

  12. valentino8100 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:35 AM

    40 yards and a cloud of dust? SMH.

  13. nfl4days says: Aug 3, 2014 7:40 AM

    The same people who complain about Seattle’s defense are the same people saying they want defense the way it used to be. Lol.

  14. grogansheroes says: Aug 3, 2014 7:46 AM

    It’s the Peyton Manning rule. Every time the golden boy gets thrashed in a playoff game, the league changes the rules that benefit all QB’s, but the weak armed noodle thrower Manning particularly. See, last year’s Super Bowl, and 2004 AFC Championship game. How dare you defenders play tough defense! Is Polian still on the rules committee?

  15. oshkoshoz says: Aug 3, 2014 7:51 AM

    Nobody complains more than Aaron Rodgers. Watch him in a game, forever moaning to the officials. If Rodgers had to play quarterback in the 1980s of early 1990s, when you could still whack quarterbacks and receivers, he’d have been out of the league in three years. I’d like to see the NFL favor the defense instead of pandering to the passing offense all the time.

  16. icdogg says: Aug 3, 2014 7:56 AM

    This smacks of “the guy we wanted to win did not win the Super Bowl so we have to change the rules.”

  17. hansenbrothers says: Aug 3, 2014 7:57 AM

    I’m no fan of making the league pass-whacky, but Seattle was just straight up mugging receivers and getting away with it. I hope this shuts them down for awhile.

  18. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 3, 2014 8:14 AM

    Seattle will look like tame dogs by end of season.

  19. uwsptke says: Aug 3, 2014 8:16 AM

    I think you should watch the final play of the Arizona/GB playoff game from the 2009/10 season if you think Rodgers has “always received favorable calls.” It’s hard to not fumble when your facemask has been pulled halfway around your head.

  20. 4grammarpolice says: Aug 3, 2014 8:19 AM

    The game is going to be unwatchable pretty soon. More flags = less enjoyment.

  21. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 3, 2014 8:23 AM

    The NFL will give the aging “big name” veteran quarterbacks (Manning/Rodgers/Brees/brady) will get more calls.

    The (hopeful) bright side of this increased vigilance: Defensive backs will be forced to avoid touching/controlling Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu at the line of scrimmage (their weakness – check their pre-draft analysis).

    Increased officiating vigilance at the line of scrimmage could mean Marvin Jones will break 1000 yards in 2014.

  22. mrnick66 says: Aug 3, 2014 8:28 AM

    good for the nfl. the way seattle mugged wr’s last year was criminal. the seattle rule is now in effect!

  23. snaponrules says: Aug 3, 2014 8:37 AM

    Wont change a thing in seattle. Everyone including the refs knew they were holding/Pi on every play. Seattle knew they officials wouldn’t through the flag every time because it will slow down the game to much.
    They are still not going to throw 5 flags in a row because they have to keep the game moving to keep it close 3 hours. But you can bet sherman and crew are going to be still holding on every play. It’s the only way they can “cover” anybody.

  24. bassplucker says: Aug 3, 2014 8:39 AM

    Oh good. As if the Packers dont get away with enough holding and interference (O and D) as it is already. And I suppose even brushing Rodgers will be an ejection.

  25. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 3, 2014 8:42 AM

    passing offenses around the NFL to be even more productive this season than they were last season, thanks to a stricter emphasis on illegal contact, pass interference and defensive holding.

    Cant imagine what this will do to the lowly Vikings who still believe with their 70’s mentality that the running game is the way to the promised land.

  26. stellarperformance says: Aug 3, 2014 8:49 AM

    Play by the rules. Plain and simple.

  27. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 3, 2014 8:53 AM

    That swings the pendulum in favor of the Saints, Packers, Lions and Bears and very much against teams with a crappy QB situation.

    Instead of 24-17 games we may have 55-34 games.

    The more scoring, the more commercial breaks, and thus increasing the revenue to the NFL.
    It is all about the money.

  28. fartweasel says: Aug 3, 2014 8:53 AM

    Didn’t think it was possible, but Rodgers will now get even more help from the refs. Joke.

  29. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Aug 3, 2014 9:00 AM

    Still isn’t going to keep you from getting steamrolled by Anthony Barr. But at least you’re keeping up on the yoga, right cupcake?

  30. kamthechancellor says: Aug 3, 2014 9:07 AM

    The NFL set a record with 48 pts/gm last season. Mike Pereia was being interviewed by John Clayton and said it made no sense to loosen up the defenses in light of league record scoring. Can’t hit em…can’t touch em…what a weak, watered down version of football this is. NFL fans should be grateful for teams like Seattle and San Francisco. Instead, the league wants to “legislate” teams like Denver, New England, and GB back into competitiveness. Weak, weak, weak.

  31. filthymcfunny1 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:08 AM

    With a mediocre o-line,receivers Rogers needs all the help he can get, and he’s smart enough to lobby for it!

  32. officialgame says: Aug 3, 2014 9:11 AM

    Judging by the comments one might think Seattle was the only team taking advantage of the rules. Seattle just turned it into an art form by having bigger more physical corners and setting that tone from the first play on. No doubt they will have to adjust but I don’t see a major impact in coverage with starts from defensive line pressure anyway.

  33. jdog5428 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:14 AM

    Also, an O-line never gets a holding call if you’re QB is P. Manning, Brady, Brees, or Rodgers…strange rule, but it’s been in place for years.

  34. vikescry1 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:14 AM

    If Rodgers can’t pass on Seattle then lacy will just have to run over them. The packers offense is going to be tough to stop this year. Either way football season is back time to talk smack!!!

  35. titansbro says: Aug 3, 2014 9:15 AM

    So over the passing offense. The balance has tipped waayyyy past the breaking point for me. I loved seeing Seattle win with defense. The run game & defense need to be brought back to the game. Enough is enough.

  36. cornerstone2001 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:38 AM

    That’s Pete the Cheats’ motto in Seattle: Break all the rules… like at SC, PED’s, hold on defense, pump in fake crowd noise…whatever it takes

  37. abninf says: Aug 3, 2014 9:42 AM

    The league should just eliminate defenses altogether.

  38. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 3, 2014 9:43 AM

    It’s exactly what the NFL wants. First team to 50 wins.

  39. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 3, 2014 9:53 AM

    As long as they call it both ways, I think this is going to be funny.

    Remember everyone, the goal is to win the game, not just to score 40 points.

    If this hinders a very good Seattle secondary, what will it do to your mediocre secondary’s performance?

    Seattle has improved its receivers corp more than anyone when compared to last year. Smaller and very fast just as the league says you have to let them run.

  40. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 3, 2014 10:02 AM

    Someone needs to check the # of times the Green Bay OL was called for holding last year. The statement that a Rodgers led team doesn’t get holding calls is silly.

  41. godell50 says: Aug 3, 2014 10:08 AM

    THE NFL is killing itself….every year the push for higher OFFENSE and less defense because this brings more fare weather fans, more highlights, more COMMERCIALS, more record breaking……but what they don’t relize is they are loosing true fans. These changes will not breed long term allegiance they simply water down what has been a great product for the last 50 years.

    I still say GOODELL is at the heart of all this and he NEEDS TO GO.

    If I wanted games of 53 to 46 I would watch the AFL.

  42. jimmysee says: Aug 3, 2014 10:13 AM

    Actually, let’s be clear about this — the refs were in Green Bay to confer with Rodgers and McCarthy to see what they could do this year to assist the Packers.

    It’s an annual pilgrimage to the Lambeau Shrine.

    Haven’t the rest of you been clued to that yet?

    You see the outcome.

    As a Packers shareholder, we get regular updates on stuff like that.

    :-) :-)

  43. dedelvis5757 says: Aug 3, 2014 10:26 AM

    Anthony Barr vanished for long stretches of time against storied powerhouses like Utah and Washington State. Bakhtiari and Sitton will be able to get some real work done during the game, like knitting a sweater or perhaps updating their stock portfolio. They certainly aren’t going to be tested with the likes of Barr.

  44. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 3, 2014 10:29 AM

    I see the poor whining Viking fans are out claiming NFL conspiracy because the refs are the reason for the Packers dominance over them. That’s about as looney as the conspiracy theories your ex governor throws out there.

    As far as the rule while it will benefit a strong passing attack like the Packers I like the days when there was a chess match between and offense and defense. Now this game is mimicking more and more the NBA which is virtually unwatchable. I think Cuban was on to something with his comment. I don’t understand why they cant leave well enough alone.

  45. heyheyyouyougetoffofmycloud says: Aug 3, 2014 10:30 AM

    The sad part of these rule changes or any rule changes is that once they’re enforced the game will be changed forever. Offense already has more advantage over defense. I think in the future that these rules will be called the “Manning Rules”.

  46. ariani1985 says: Aug 3, 2014 10:38 AM

    Still doesn’t neglect the fact that you still can’t read a nfl defense!

    Trent dilfer 2.0

  47. packerfaninsandiego says: Aug 3, 2014 10:50 AM

    I like them finally making an old rule the point of emphasis this season. Everyone of us can say that they have yelled at the tv when there is PI and the official doesn’t toss the yellow rag. Finally the game is going to be called the way it is supposed to be. Will the game be longer? Yes, but it won’t drag on like a baseball game.

  48. andrewtyl says: Aug 3, 2014 11:05 AM

    I guess the “league” is “pushing” for PM to win another big one before retiring. Oh, that is so sweet. RG is a “genius”, isn’t he?

  49. banlarson says: Aug 3, 2014 11:14 AM

    It will be a wash in GB. Their passing offense may benefit, but if GB’s defense actually gets called for holding you can count on penalties about every other play.

  50. briscocountyjr says: Aug 3, 2014 11:15 AM

    I don’t know if more truth has been told in the NFL. Kudos, Rodgers! It’ll be easy to see the seahawks go to around rank 15 in defense without PI and hanging on to jerseys.

  51. trollhammer20 says: Aug 3, 2014 11:22 AM

    So now the refs will be calling penalties that really aren’t penalties, because they’ll be afraid that leaving the hankies in their pockets will get them downgraded on their performance reviews.

    Remember, there were those on the rules committee who wanted to reduce the five-yard contact zone to one yard. They got voted down the last time, but eventually, they will get their way.

    The NFL will not be happy until fantasy geeks get a 51-48 Super Bowl.

  52. dmuehlhausen says: Aug 3, 2014 11:40 AM

    As long as they start calling the picks and offensive PI I don’t care. However we all know that isn’t going to happen.

    Guess I get to sit and be board watching the scoreboards break yet again. This is truly becoming a waste of time to watch.

  53. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 3, 2014 11:45 AM

    I love how the culture of the league has changed so much that when cornerbacks make contact with a receiver, it’s considered a penalty that isn’t being called. They’re cheating! When a player gets hit hard and de-cleated, it used to be admired. Remember the espn segment, ‘you got jacked up’? Now, hits like that are a giant fine and a penalty, with possible suspension, with the opposing team crying about unnecessary roughness. Even the announcers say that hits like that are too rough now. It’s just too bad how they have basically created a semi flag football league. What’s even worse is now is that defenders launch themselves low, and break legs and tear up knees. See gronkowskii and Randall Cobb hits.

  54. billh1947 says: Aug 3, 2014 11:52 AM

    “Instead, the league wants to “legislate” teams like Denver, New England, and GB back into competitiveness. Weak, weak, weak”.

    I do believe those teams are and have been competitive for years so what do you mean by legislate.if your going to use that word then change the teams to Buffalo,Cleveland,Jets and all the other pukey teams that have no chance at a playoff this year.

  55. rufusporter says: Aug 3, 2014 11:53 AM

    I guess Aaron Rodgers is counting on the officials to win the game for him since he can’t count at all on his offensive line. They allowed 8 sacks in one half in the last game against the Seahawks.

    Hey, if you can’t beat them, change the rules!

  56. thebirdofprey2 says: Aug 3, 2014 11:57 AM

    I think maybe less than a quarter of people on this site watch NFL football but parrot what they hear with no substance or knowledge. Football has become watered down version thanks to rule changes and we’re already seeing 5,000 yard season become common. How many of those did Marino & Montana? – one total between both HOF Careers.

    When the argument fits their favor Richard Sherman and Seattle are a zone team. Next their holding people all the time in man. Truth is Pete Carroll/Quinn mix it up. The teams that should be worried are the teams with average or bad secondaries because the Seahawks have technique and talent all over the defense.

  57. z0inks says: Aug 3, 2014 12:19 PM

    Somehow I’m betting that Rodgers doesn’t feel as strongly about strict enforcement of offensive holding rules.

  58. stamm321 says: Aug 3, 2014 12:47 PM

    if i understand this rule correctly, the defender is no longer allowed to cover, block or do anything to impede the receiver from catching the duck that manning lobs at him.
    additionally, the illegal pick play that manning makes his living on will be called every time, against the defense (for impeding the progress of a donkey)

    yeah. this seems fair. one way or another the nfl will do what it cat to coddle the mannings.

  59. winninaintsinnin says: Aug 3, 2014 12:49 PM

    Goodell and the league think the Dallas / Denver game was the best they’d ever seen.

    Ugly.

  60. stellarperformance says: Aug 3, 2014 1:03 PM

    These aren’t “new” rules. They have decided to enforce existing rules. Kind of like deciding to call traveling in the NBA.

  61. mediasloppy says: Aug 3, 2014 1:08 PM

    I don’t understand people being upset about enforcing this rule. When you have the “Best” CB in the NFL blatantly tell the media the game plan is to hold WR’s, because the referees can’t call pass interference on every play, it’s a direct challenge to referees to do just that. CB’s worth their salt can jam a guy within 5 yards and stay on their hip and intercept a ball. I just want to see consistency on both sides. Meaning offensive pass interference is called too.

  62. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 3, 2014 1:10 PM

    This obviously doesn’t apply to the Vikings.

  63. judsonjr says: Aug 3, 2014 1:11 PM

    I’m fine with tightening up illegal contact if they’d get rid of the 50 yard penalty when a QB underthrows his guy by 10 yards and the defender plows into the WR as a result. Such a huge reward for a terrible throw.

  64. realdealsteel says: Aug 3, 2014 1:11 PM

    Let me go on record now:

    the Thursday nite opener between the Pack and Seahawks is going to show the entire NFL that the refs mean business when it comes to touching these wide receivers. I’m predicting right now that Rodgers is going to throw for over 300 yards, 3 TD’s and that pass interference is going to be called on the Seahawks at least 3 times along with a couple of defensive holding penalties on the Seahawks too.

    The game is going to be an uncommonly high scoring game because of the passing rules being strictly enforced.

  65. 13chpshps says: Aug 3, 2014 1:13 PM

    Just a little note, THERE HAS BEEN NO RULE CHANGE! The officials have been asked to enforce an existing rule which allows DB’s to bump. block receivers within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. Holding onto a jersey has never been allowed, but was last year as enforcement was lax or non existent. Good DB’s will survive this enforcement. The league watched the tape during the off season and determined that a Super Bowl with receivers held at the line of scrimmage results in a lopsided, lousy game which hurts the product. This is not to say that Seattle would not have won that game, but that this rule enforcement needed to be a priority this year.

  66. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 3, 2014 1:18 PM

    Can new rules help Teddy Bridgewater and his tiny hands grip a football?

  67. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 3, 2014 1:21 PM

    Aaron Rodgers and The Green Bay Packers have always received favoritism from the refs. This is a fact.

    Aaron is acknowledging it in a very indirect way.

  68. norcalseahawkfan says: Aug 3, 2014 1:41 PM

    Be careful what you wish for.

  69. xxkerrixx says: Aug 3, 2014 1:59 PM

    I’m just curious if the already in place rules will be enforced for all teams or just ones not based in Seattle. And if they will call them as many times as they have to for the defenses to stop. That of course is what the Seahawks have depended on for the past couple years. The league doesn’t want long games so they don’t want call penalties all game.

  70. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 3, 2014 2:00 PM

    love Rodgers talking smack already about bringing these refs to Seattle.

    the NFL and the refs owe Green Bay big time after that last officiating debacle by the replacement refs in the last Seattle-Green Bay game

  71. cags777 says: Aug 3, 2014 2:02 PM

    Aaron Rodgers has (finally) confirmed that the team gets preferential treatment from the NFL and refs. I just hope Packers fans don’t try to deny this throughout the season and keep the integrity like Lombardi had.

  72. codythao35 says: Aug 3, 2014 2:16 PM

    Even if NFL refs help and cheat for him the cheese heads will still be a 6-10 team and lose to Seattle in first game of regular season. The yellow heads still going to suck and be a dream team that’s all they are. Pathetic and worse franchise in NFL history.!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. footballrulz says: Aug 3, 2014 2:16 PM

    Remember in 2010 when the Pack had a decent defense one knock on them was they were blatant with PI that was not called 25% of the time. If the Pack’s defense rebounds this year d they play with that king of reckless abandon they did back then this could very well hurt them also. You people saying the refs favor the Packers & Rodgers have obviously not watched much football. NEVER forget that last play in Seattle. Only good thing about that is it did get rid of the replacement refs.

  74. onbucky96 says: Aug 3, 2014 2:22 PM

    Uh oh. Sherman better load up on teammates’ gatorade laced w/whatever it was if he can’t grab all game. Can’t wait for his spitting post game antics…

  75. ghost26 says: Aug 3, 2014 2:50 PM

    Great news for fantasy geeks but this terrible news for the actually games being played on the field. All we need are more penalties being called right. Expect the first couple of games to be unwatchable b/c of the increased ‘point of emphasis’ on illegal contact.

    The increased popularity of the NFL over the last five years–which is in large part due to fantasy football–is the ammunition that allows Goodell to say that the fans are in favor of these new rules. So we should all thank the fantasy geeks out there for helping to water down the game. Please bear this in mind during your fantasy draft in your ridiculous leagues.

  76. Vim says: Aug 3, 2014 2:54 PM

    And in the year 2014 came to pass the law known as the Brady-Brees-Manning-Rodgers Act which revolutionized the game similar to legalizing the forward pass, and it ushered in what is now referred to as the 10K era with mammoth passing totals and resulted in a complete rewrite of the record books.

  77. veence69 says: Aug 3, 2014 2:57 PM

    Says the guy already known for making a petulant face after every incompletion anyway..

  78. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 3, 2014 3:08 PM

    I love it when people say something is a fact without presenting any evidence to support it.

  79. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 3, 2014 3:30 PM

    longtimefanhtr says:
    Aug 3, 2014 3:08 PM

    I love it when people say something is a fact without presenting any evidence to support it.
    ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
    It’s difficult to present evidence when it’s a “his call against what really happened” situation.

    I guess you didn’t really think that out before getting defensive.

    The Packer’s do get favoritism and many NFC north opposing teams see it every year, but once again there is no solid evidence because the refs do what they want. This is an opinion….lol.

  80. radar8 says: Aug 3, 2014 3:33 PM

    The Seattle Defense depends on being able to hold. They hold on virtually every play.

    If the NFL comes down against holding, Seattle is in trouble.

  81. radar8 says: Aug 3, 2014 3:37 PM

    gmen32 says:
    Aug 3, 2014 7:29 AM

    When was the last time the NFL implemented a rule which might actually give the defense a slight advantage? We passed the point LONG ago where you can actually compare offensive statistics from one generation to the next.
    —————————————————–

    It’s not a new rule. Holding has always been a penalty. The refs just didn’t enforce it much. Last year, teams like Seattle took advantage of that and held on every play. IT helped their defense immensely.
    Now the NFL is simply going to enforce the rule.

  82. radar8 says: Aug 3, 2014 3:42 PM

    realitycheckbaby says:
    Aug 3, 2014 9:53 AM

    If this hinders a very good Seattle secondary, what will it do to your mediocre secondary’s performance?
    ——————————————————–

    It’ll hurt Seattle more than anyone since Seattle’s secondary held more than anyone.

    I can’t wait to see Sherman have a meltdown with a ref for getting called for holding on multiple plays. It will be must-see-TV.

  83. winninaintsinnin says: Aug 3, 2014 3:44 PM

    When you have the “Best” CB in the NFL blatantly tell the media the game plan is to hold WR’s, because the referees can’t call pass interference on every play, it’s a direct challenge to referees to do just that
    =============

    Please enlighten everyone when anyone said they would hold WRs because the refs won’t call it…

    Waiting…

    Waiting…

  84. jollyjoker2 says: Aug 3, 2014 3:49 PM

    refs will call it tight until they get into the playoffs. then, teams can start mugging.

  85. richardernsberger says: Aug 3, 2014 3:49 PM

    seattle has a great defense–but their dbs did grab a LOT and that team also plays in a bandbox that’s the noisiest stadium in the league, which hurts opposing offenses.

  86. beerbratscheese says: Aug 3, 2014 3:59 PM

    I love reading how people think the Packers get favorable calls. Watch the last play of the Cardinals playoff game and tell me that. Watch the last play of the Seahawks game and tell me that. Watch the Redskins game where Rodgers got concussed on a helmet to helmet hit that wasn’t called and tell me that.

    I do see some missed calls by the refs, but they are negated by the ticky-tack calls (things I see every other team get away with) that nullify big gains.

    The truth is, refs miss/make bad calls for EVERY NFL team. Fans of other NFC North teams are sick of losing to the Packers so they either concoct this “favoritism” thing, or they’re just not watching the games objectively.

  87. redsghost says: Aug 3, 2014 4:07 PM

    The N.E Patriots go out and get Revis and Browner and has the potential to be the #1 defense and then this happened:

    Goodell: Hey, you hear what the Patriots did?
    NY GM: Yeah, there’s going to be hard to beat.
    Goodell: No problem, I’ll do what we did a few years ago and call an “emphasis on the CB’s”
    NY GM: Thanx Roger, it’s always nice to have one of our ex-employees in high places.
    Goodell: Haha, Yeah, it’s always a thrill to keep another SB from the Patriots. Say Hi to the missus!

    Now, who’s cheating?

  88. ralphnkc says: Aug 3, 2014 4:18 PM

    IF they are going to call the defense tighter for holding then they should call the o-lines tighter for holding also. SO much holding that they allow the o-lines to get away with, it gives the QB’s that extra 3-4 seconds to make those long passes.

  89. donnymacjack says: Aug 3, 2014 4:20 PM

    Yeah lets just take the physicality out of the game some more and hand the diva receivers and their 20M QB’s 40 points a game. Because hey, we want our game to be as exciting as Arena Football… #sarcasmwins

  90. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 3, 2014 4:34 PM

    Aug 3, 2014 3:08 PM

    I love it when people say something is a fact without presenting any evidence to support it.
    ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
    It’s difficult to present evidence when it’s a “his call against what really happened” situation.

    I guess you didn’t really think that out before getting defensive.

    The Packer’s do get favoritism and many NFC north opposing teams see it every year, but once again there is no solid evidence because the refs do what they want. This is an opinion….lol.

    It’s not a his call. When someone makes a statement calling it a fact he needs to provide evidence rather than rhetoric.

  91. FreewayJim says: Aug 3, 2014 4:50 PM

    Ok, all you guys who say “why bother” with the Defense and such.

    I predict scoring per game will rise but less than 3 points a game, is that the end of the world? So we might see 49.2 PPG total instead of 46.8 (2013), that’s earth shattering?

    Is that really going to insanely alter the game? until last season the highest scoring season in history was 1965 when each game averaged 46.2 PPG total.

    let’s get a grip here.

  92. revelation123 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:00 PM

    It’s good news that the Seahawks’ secondary will no longer be able to get away with cheating. Now if they want a Championship they’ll actually have to earn it.

  93. usdcoyotesfan says: Aug 3, 2014 6:46 PM

    It doesn’t matter for Rodgers. He takes more cheap shots than any other QB in the league. Just look at the Arizona playoff game in the 2009 season. Or the Washington game in the 2010 season.

  94. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:00 PM

    @longtimefanhtr

    You’re still confused…

    “his call against what really happened”

    His call meaning the fixed refs, not the guy that posted a comment on pft.

    The refs clearly favor the Packers in the playoffs or in games that will get them into the playoffs (last year’s game at Solider Field in week 17 had some of the worst calls I have ever seen favoring the Packers and I’m a Lion’s fan), it happens ever year and I agree with what the guy above says.

    So to clear things up and help you understand, the point being made is “his word against another’s” is hard/difficult/impossible to provide evidence because the refs get the last say. The viewers that witnessed terrible calls multiple times in the same game is the only evidence anyone needs thus making it a fact. The refs have ability to block out the truth with bad calls and everyone witnesses it, you just deny it cuz you’re a fan of the team that gets favored.

    Class dismissed.

  95. dukeearl says: Aug 3, 2014 7:13 PM

    “The league watched the tape during the off season and determined that a Super Bowl with receivers held at the line of scrimmage results in a lopsided, lousy game which hurts the product. This is not to say that Seattle would not have won that game, but that this rule enforcement needed to be a priority this year.”
    _______________________

    Actually when they were going through the meeting discussing pass interference… they didn’t watch any Seattle highlights. Per Pereira anyway…

    You would be surprised how few times Seattle actually breaks the rules. Most of what the posters refer to is stuff they never witnessed themselves, but they parrot what they read and believe it to be the truth.

    Also, Seattle now has some speedy receivers of its own… so they stand to benefit as much as anybody from this rule.

  96. beerbratscheese says: Aug 3, 2014 8:10 PM

    Hey Calvinthegreat, could you you provide some examples from that game since they seem to be so vivid in your mind? I don’t even remember Bears fans making any complaints about the refs in that game.

  97. decon49 says: Aug 3, 2014 8:22 PM

    An always injured purssy Harvin and a 170lb rookie that isn’t built to play in the nfc west? I’d have more faith in Kearse and baldwin…at least they are reliable and have proven themselves

  98. axespray says: Aug 3, 2014 10:38 PM

    LOL at “Packers get favorable calls all the time” conspiracies….

    All from the same dummies that told us “Not to whine” after the fail mary – or the next week when the saints fumbled on a kickoff return, but a ref’s whistle went off and the saints were handed the ball.

    Or the 2009 cardinals game when Rodgers got blasted on a helmet to helmet hit, the refs threw a flag on Daryn College for “holding” – the next play, Rodgers gets facemasked – no call.

    Or the 2010 MNF game against the Bears, our guys got penalized 19 times in that game alone, all of which happened on a 3rd down play.

    The bears defense in week 17 was just coached by Mel Tucker and they were oblivious to the QB fumbling, cause they were dumb.

    FACT!

  99. hdavid55 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:27 AM

    This also opens the way for more offensive pass interference calls as well according to NFL officials…What this will show is this….if a team doesn’t have a gifted athletic secondary, plus a very good D Line and pass rush as well as active fast LB’s…they will soon be exposed with this new rule again favoring offenses…Seattle may not be well liked around the league…but whether guys like Earl Thomas and the rest of the secondary as well as Seattle’s D line and LB’s didn’t play extremely well in 2012 and 13 as a team is really a more accurate representation of why Seattle was successful…sound team defense as a group…not just against the pass…but against the run as well….I think Seattle will be fine this year…they are already adapting to the rule changes with NFL officials at their training camps….by the way…when the head of the NFL rule committee was asked if they watched film on Seattle to modify these rules…his answer was no…they were looking at footage from other NFL teams…interesting

  100. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 4, 2014 3:54 PM

    It’s called the NFL, not the NBA or Arena League… soon defensive players will be penalized for hurting the feelings of wide receivers, oh wait, that’s already a penalty: taunting.

  101. therussellwilsonshow says: Aug 4, 2014 6:57 PM

    I wouldn’t be so confident thinking that this rule change will undo the LOB and end Seattle’s dominant defense.

    Hey, the refs have also been at Hawks camp explaining implementation of the rule and what will be called on the field. The changes are already being integrated into practice.

    Like many have said here, our secondary (holding or not) is still better/faster than yours as a whole…cuz they communicate, work together, and ET cleans up any mistakes.

    The LOB will still shut down the middle of the field through big hits and intimidation alone…no holding required.

    How are your DBs gonna cover the Hawks receivers and follow the same rules? Percy and P. Richardson are faster than anyone on your team.

    A few calls will be made against the Hawks to send a message. But, Seattle defense will still be among the best and Hawks keep on winning. Sorry.

    Go Hawks!

  102. vikescry1 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:54 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Aug 3, 2014 10:13 AM
    Actually, let’s be clear about this — the refs were in Green Bay to confer with Rodgers and McCarthy to see what they could do this year to assist the Packers.

    It’s an annual pilgrimage to the Lambeau Shrine.

    Haven’t the rest of you been clued to that yet?

    You see the outcome.

    As a Packers shareholder, we get regular updates on stuff like that. ————————————————————————————————————————————————– hey mr. butthurt, all teams have refs come in to go over new rules during training camps. smh

  103. gotthepebbleoutthemastershand says: Dec 1, 2014 9:03 AM

    I know this is off the topic sort of. But has anyone noticed that Green Bay’s offensive line hasn’t been called for holding much while Aaron Rodgers is in games (at home)? The offensive line has been playing hurt against healthy defensive linemen. There’s no way that no calls for holding can go for an entire 3 quarters. Especially when 3 of the 5 o-line men are hurt. I can’t see it.

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