Bears tight end Martellus Bennett says NFL defensive ends are acting like NBA players and flopping to draw holding penalties.
After Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, Bennett said a flag he drew for holding wasn’t actually holding at all. It was flopping.
“I pushed him, they called hold. The fat dude fell down. They’re kind of flopping now. A lot of defensive ends are flopping in the NFL, trying to get a penalty when they feel like can’t make a play. They’re Chris Bosh-ing us out there,” Bennett said.
I don’t know why Bennett had to drag Chris Bosh into this, but on the play in question, Bennett did hook Patriots defensive end Dominique Easley with his left arm just as Bears running back Matt Forte ran outside the left end. And Easley appeared to fall because he was diving toward Forte’s feet, not because he was trying to draw a penalty flag.
It was a perfectly acceptable penalty call, and not a flop. No matter what Bennett thinks.