Owners vote down proposal to make roughing the passer reviewable

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Roughing the passer will not be reviewable in 2023.

The Rams’ proposal to make the penalty subject to review was voted down by NFL owners at the annual league meeting in Arizona on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

It seemed like a long shot that 24 owners would approve making roughing the passer reviewable. Last month, the competition committee found that only three of the 80 roughing fouls they examined were “questionable.”

Still, some coaches like Sean Payton have spoken about how the league needs to be better at officiating that particular penalty. Much of that centers around consistency.

But given that the league wants to keep quarterbacks as healthy as possible, it’s unlikely that QBs will receive any less protection going forward, particularly on a subjective call.

14 responses to “Owners vote down proposal to make roughing the passer reviewable

  1. Roughing is one of the main tools the league uses to control the outcome of games, see a certain recent playoff game.

  2. In other words, star treatment of a handful of “elite” QBs will continue while the 2nd and 3rd tier guys get hammered into oblivion.

  3. I propose to have defensive linemen and blitzing linebackers count to 5 before rushing the passer. I mean, if the goal is to protect quarterbacks…there you go. No need for “roughing the passer” penalties or replay reviews. Just make the QB practically unhittable while he’s in the pocket.

  4. Curious that the owners are solely the ones with votes on this.
    You’d figure the players should be able to vote on rules that impact them directly.

  5. Maybe this is a way to prevent 5’10” 180lb qb’s from being forced down their throat? Notice how it’s just the college football people telling how Bruce Young has “done it at the highest level”?The SEC is good, but stop pretending like it’s anywhere near equivalent to the NFL. If you are an owner or coach that wants a qb built like a professional player, you’re now being cast as behind the times, stuck in the past, or just plain biased(against small boys playing with men). Just look at all the small qbs in the league

  6. Because from one game to the next no one knows what roughing the passer is

    they don’t even know in the booth – that’s how screwed up it is

  7. I’m old enough to remember when the NFL actually had some commitment to integrity.

  8. redlikethepig says:
    March 28, 2023 at 3:18 pm
    To be fair, with Brady retired it’s much less of a problem.

    You still have Rodgers n the league so anybody that comes within 5 feet of him will be flagged. Get used to it fans of the AFC east teams, he’ll cry like a prom reject if he doesn’t get his calls. Here’s a hint: 99 times out of a 100 he gets the flag when he wants it.

  9. I agree we need more consistent calling of roughing the passer penalties. So the NFL wants to protect the QB on sacks, but the rugby push into the line is OK?????

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