No roughing the passer fine for Micah Parsons

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On Thanksgiving, Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons drew a roughing the passer foul after Raiders quarterback Derek Carr exited the pocket and fell toward Parsons. The rookie’s wrist/forearm struck Carr in the helmet. Carr did his best to embellish the situation by first holding his helmet and then holding his neck.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL did not fine Parsons for the hit.

It’s the right call. Although the prohibition against delivering a forcible blow to the head or neck of a quarterback lingers even after the quarterback exits the pocket and until he officially becomes a runner, it’s difficult to split hairs when the quarterback approaches the line of scrimmage — and when the quarterback falls into the would-be tackler.

Parsons complained about the call after the game.

We should be playing football, not tag,” Parsons said. “I’m not here to support anybody and play tag like it’s my best friend. I got a job to do, and I see how he’s outside of the pocket, so I’m going to the quarterback. . . . I mean, we’re playing football at the end of the day.”

For now at least, the NFL agreed that what Parsons did was sufficiently in line with the rules of football to not result in a fine.

8 responses to “No roughing the passer fine for Micah Parsons

  1. Real football players…. Like Micah Parsons… And players from the 70s and 80s.. would never survive in today’s soft game. Can you imagine Jack Tatum or Dick Butkus playing with the rules of today ? Football has become a joke.

  2. Micah Parsons seems like really good player. Too bad he plays for an irrelevant team.

  3. When you watch the reply, Carr actually got hurt when his head hit Parsons leg on the way to the ground. He wasn’t faking a blow to the head, the refs just saw the wrong blow.

  4. It was a bad call period, BUT why get angry? It’s a game played at very fast speeds of course they’re going to get a call wrong at some point but then that’s been a part of the game from the beginning. Complaining about the refs has always been part of the game too. Can’t seek perfection when people are involved and can’t stop the game for every flag thrown to check the video…. the game would last 6 hours….. No Thanks. Human error is just part of the game and EVERY fan of EVERY team always say the same things… LOL It’s a game… enjoy it and move on with your life.

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