NFL admits ref was wrong to flag Myles Garrett for roughing Ben Roethlisberger

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Browns pass rusher Myles Garrett was flagged for a hit on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday that the NFL now says was legal.

NFL V.P. of Officiating Al Riveron told NFL Network that Garrett did not land with most of his body weight on Roethlisberger and shouldn’t have been flagged.

“The rule specifically says ‘most, if not all, of your body weight,'” Riveron said. “So we want that player to make an effort. And the last three or four weeks, we have pulled extensive video to show the clubs exactly what we’re talking about, and we probably last week showed 5-to-1 or 6-to-1 of legal hits, or legal contact, as opposed to illegal contact. Because the question we get all the time is, well, what do you want our players to do? Well, they have to not put the weight on the quarterback. And this one [on Garrett] yesterday showed, even though there is some body weight on Ben, this is not what we would consider contact that rises to the level of a foul.”

There are questions, however, about whether defenders can ever really refrain from putting most of their body weight on a quarterback they’re sacking — and whether officials can judge whether a player has put most of his body weight on the quarterback. This new rule is going to be a hard one to call consistently, and it was called wrong on Sunday in Cleveland.

44 responses to “NFL admits ref was wrong to flag Myles Garrett for roughing Ben Roethlisberger

  1. It’s a stupid rule the refs will never get right. After they hit the QB at full speed, I guess the league expects them to levitate over top of the QB.

  2. I’d rather see 2 hand touch on QB equals a sack. It would make it safer, and the defenders wouldn’t have to worry about a 24,000$ fine just for attempting to sack him, there would be more sacks, and the QB would be healthy.

  3. Was appalled at the call at the time. Nice to see the NFL admit their mistake. Kind of sucks because it could have given the Browns the win, but when you’re +5 in the turnover ratio and you still lose…..well, that’s on you.

  4. If they were going to apologize for something during that game, they should apologize for that awful block to the back penalty (again against Garrett) on the tunover in OT

  5. If true and that’s a big if when it comes to Patriot lover Al Riveron, that makes up for the missed call on the punt where the ball clearly hit the Clowns defender. And should we discuss the illegal block on Dupree?

  6. Thank you NFL. This rule was the worst thing about my sunday. Perfect form tackles with no risk of injuring a player were routinely called. It’s not a fix, but admission of fault is a step in the right direction….for a change

  7. Is it just a coincidence that the NFL keeps passing more ambiguous and subjective rules under Goodell’s reign?

  8. Calls cost the Browns the game. The TD should have been a FG for Pittsburgh and the block in the back on Garrett was a horrible call. Cost the 10 yards. Horrible officiating. Unacceptable for any game and any team.

  9. Did he also say the penalty earlier in the game against TJ Watt wasn’t lowering the helmet since he hit Taylor with his shoulder? Did he happen to mention the missed peel back block against Dupree that sprung Taylor for a run later in the game?

    Look I’m not blaming the refs. I’m blaming the NFL. Too many penalties, way too much subjectivity and its leading to a game that is slowly becoming more and more unwatchable.

  10. Like I said during the preseason, refs need to make a real time call on whether or not it’s greater than 50 percent of the defenders weight? It’s impossible. So to hear the nfl acknowledging this is kind of funny.

  11. I loathe Big Ben – the refs got the call right – the Cleveland player did in fact land on Big Ben in a very aggressive way. I was hoping he wouldn’t get up.

    Also refs in Washington game blew it on two non-called intentional grounding plays by Alex Smith – he is one of those who is like that Wilson guy in Seattle who tosses the ball away to avoid sacks – on this Sunday one player for Washington was 20 yards away (is that close to being able to catch the ball? and another was within 10). The problem I have is that Smith never intended to complete the pass and did not throw either so that it could be caught – he was about to get sacked in both occasions and intentionally threw it. It is time to start holding Smith and Wilson to the same standard as the other QB’s in the league.

  12. This call and few other bad calls. Along with the Refs stopping game play with the Steelers snap clock winding down in order to dry the ball off for them clearly as usual shows the Refs impacting the outcomes of games. The Browns were clearly the better team yesterday and even Steelers fans are fully aware of that.

  13. “NFL admits ref was wrong to flag Myles Garrett for roughing Ben Roethlisberger”

    I see all these worrying about the Patriots so I figured it might be good to remind them what the article is about.

  14. The NFL is getting boring by over regulating the game. Once legalized gambling gets really rolling it’s only going to get worse. Wait till fans start suing the league because they blow calls. How are they going to deal with that?

  15. This is one of the worst rules the NFL has made. Just another penalty to help out the poor quarterbacks…you know, in case that garbage bomb that had no chance of being caught…didn’t come through with 50 bonus yards on a PI call.

    Now they also have a backup plan for when the defensive players don’t take out their legs, or hit them in their helmets, or throw them on the ground too hard. Give me a break. Just make them wear pink breast cancer awareness pennies and tell everyone else not to touch them.

    Playing defense must suck so bad in the NFL. They have literally taken out everything fun and cool about it. Crying shame.

  16. nhpats says:
    September 10, 2018 at 7:15 pm
    Is it just a coincidence that the NFL keeps passing more ambiguous and subjective rules under Goodell’s reign?
    -_- -_- -_- -_-
    Of course not, it’s all designed to give the refs a way to help out his best friend Robert Kraft. It’s obvious and everyone knows about it.

  17. So in other words the refs screwed them out of a win and the Browns should have won the game. That was a 3rd down and they would have kicked the field goal instead of getting a first down and getting the touchdown a play later.

    Should have been 21 – 17 Cleveland

  18. He made the comfy bed to put the QB to sleep in time to not get a delay of game, but he used a throw pillow, when the rule specifically says he have use a hypoallergenic down.

  19. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:

    September 10, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    This call and few other bad calls. Along with the Refs stopping game play with the Steelers snap clock winding down in order to dry the ball off for them clearly as usual shows the Refs impacting the outcomes of games. The Browns were clearly the better team yesterday and even Steelers fans are fully aware of that.”

    Surely you are being sarcastic. Ben played terrible on the road in wet, nasty conditions. He tried to do way too much at times, instead of taking a sack or a short dump. That being said the Browns let Connor post them for Bell like numbers. Juju had over 100 yards, Brown had just shy of 100 yards. TJ Watt had a 4 sack day. They were granted an extra possession on the punt-fumble-that-was-but-wasnt, watched as Boswell missed a FG from under 45 yards for the first time since the Browns won their last game and still didn’t win. They did not play great. Not at all. Myles Garrett is a freak, Ward had a super pick early in the game, but let’s be clear, Myles Garrett was the only reason the Browns were able to stay in game. They got 6 TOs and only put up 21 points and didn’t win. That’s as pathetic as giving up 6 TOs.

  20. It’s ironic that the fans who blame every Steelers’ loss on the refs are the ones who run and hide when confronted with the fact that their team benefits the most from bad calls. That whole Seattle Superbowl was a giant gift from the refs. Steelers should have lost Sunday against the Browns but the refs bailed them out again. Poor Browns have to share the AFCN basement with the Steelers when the Steelers should be down there by themselves where they belong.

  21. no, they got the call on the field correct, its just a stupid rule and they are trying to save face

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