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    Increased Enforcement of Defensive Penalties Already Having An Impact


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    If teams are going to adjust to the renewed emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding, it hasn’t happened yet.

    Friday night’s six preseason games included, based on a review of the official NFL game books, 14 defensive holding penalties and 10 illegal contact fouls. The night before, six preseason games generated 25 flags for defensive holding and nine for illegal contact.

    Throwing in the Hall of Fame game, which had five defensive holding fouls and two illegal contact calls, 13 preseason games in 2014 have generated 44 instances of defensive holding and 21 situations involving illegal contact.

    The last time the NFL made illegal contact and defensive holding a point of emphasis (in 2004), the flags increased from 79 to 191. The early rate of five combined calls per game projects to a full-season total of 1,280.

    The NFL can’t afford to have games bogged down by additional penalties. But the NFL also can’t afford to have teams blatantly commit defensive holding and illegal contact under the assumption that the officials won’t throw a flag every time it happens.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/09/flags-keep-flying-for-illegal-contact-defensive-holding/

    Less def penalties = more scoring = more records broken = more viewers

    Just let em play. Tough up these WRs.

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    I tend to not complain about the NFL/Goodell and so on...but I think this is really gonna annoy me. It already has, in meaningless preseason games. The offense doesn't need any more help, and a lot of these calls have been ridiculously soft and unfortunately consequential (negating some big 3rd down conversions, for example).

    The Eagles/Bears game was basically just a flag-fest early on. It wasn't enjoyable.
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    Hopefully theyre just making a point in preseason and will tone it down a bit come regular season.

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    Increased Enforcement of Defensive Penalties Already Having An Impact

    Doubtful. NFL wants game scores that look like a basketball game.

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    watching the bears games, there were way too many flags IMO, slowed the game way down. was just kinda anoying.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IHateTheSkins View Post
    Hopefully theyre just making a point in preseason and will tone it down a bit come regular season.
    This is what the NBA did this past season with the delay of game calls for players touching the ball after their team scored. They called it a lot during the pre-season+ first month of the season or so and then slowly toned it down over the course of the year. We'll see how the NFL handles it.

    I wonder if this will cause teams to run less bump and run. Seems it will affect these teams more-so than others.

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    Yeah the Eagles-Bears game was unwatchable. There needs to be some kind of adjustment on either side, or most of the game will be focused on the refs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGGGG-Men View Post
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/09/flags-keep-flying-for-illegal-contact-defensive-holding/

    Less def penalties = more scoring = more records broken = more viewers

    Just let em play. Tough up these WRs.
    The more rules they add, the easier it is for officials to control the outcome of the games.


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    It's funny how they crack down on the defense but let the offense get away with this uncalled..

    https://vine.co/v/MVjW711z6VU

    Here's another one where Benjamin did the same thing in college

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/br-cdn/temp_...gif?1390255420
    Last edited by GGGGG-Men; 08-09-2014 at 08:04 PM. Reason: Not allowed to post images

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    10 minutes in and the Giants have 4 def penalties already (illegal contact, holding, etc.) all in the secondary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Yorker View Post
    It's funny how they crack down on the defense but let the offense get away with this uncalled..

    https://vine.co/v/MVjW711z6VU

    Here's another one where Benjamin did the same thing in college

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/br-cdn/temp_...gif?1390255420
    That first one lol ouch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RenegadeRiot36 View Post
    Yeah the Eagles-Bears game was unwatchable. There needs to be some kind of adjustment on either side, or most of the game will be focused on the refs.
    Some of these calls were pretty questionable. I guess it's preseason for refs, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whooligun View Post
    The more rules they add, the easier it is for officials to control the outcome of the games.
    Which is one thing I have really loved about the NFL's movement the past 10 or so years to remove a lot of those ref decision calls.

    5 yard or 15 yard facemask would be a big one.

    Or forceout. now 2 feet in bounds period, instead of a ref deciding if the physics of the play would work out for him or not.

    12 men in the huddle was another. you see it, you call it. Used to be pretty arbitrary on how it was called.

    The whole end zone pylon goal line bit.

    Personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct are a lot better spelled out. Defining things like a low hit, horsecollar, etc.

    Then replay on any scoring drive or turnover. And of course they are scrutinized a LOT more due to social media and the internet now.

    I think it's gone a long ways actually to limit the refs ability to control outcomes.

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    Increased Enforcement of Defensive Penalties Already Having An Impact

    I think the solution to limiting the refs control is to give each team three challenges per game but they can use them on ANY play. Even a ba penalty. But a league official I. The booth reviews it, not te same ref on the field who screwed it up. If they limit the number of challenges anyway, they should at least be used for anything. Especially these spot of the foul DPI calls.
    Too much to lose on a mistaken call there.

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    They should do the same for offensive holding.

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