PITTSBURGH — The NFL’s roughing-the-passer penalties have gotten so rampant that even the quarterbacks are noting the sheer quantity.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who obtained hit on two penalized performs in Monday night time’s 30-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, identified NFL viewership may very well be impacted by the flags.
The sport featured 4 roughing the passer penalties (two by every crew), tied for essentially the most in a single sport since 2001, in accordance with ESPN’s Stats and Info.
“There’s a whole lot of them,” Roethlisberger stated. “I do not need to criticize the officiating, particularly if you’re speaking a couple of penalty that helps the quarterback out. I used to be shocked on the first one. The second I believed was legit — he hit me within the helmet. It was type of like listening to that loud ring when your helmet will get hit.
“There are positive a whole lot of them. I can not think about the followers at house are having fun with it an excessive amount of.”
As a substitute of panicking over a winless begin by two video games, Pittsburgh quells the considerations by incomes its first win of the 2018 season.
Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, whose “FitzMagic” was the discuss of the NFL the primary two weeks, struggled early with three first-half interceptions Monday night time however nonetheless managed to engineer a late rally that got here up simply quick in a 30-27 loss to Pittsburgh.
The Jets have referred to as the Steelers to test on working again Le’Veon Bell, whom Pittsburgh is listening to gives on. It was a preliminary dialog with no provide, a supply advised ESPN.
Bucs defensive finish Jason Pierre-Paul was penalized with 7:25 left within the second quarter for knocking Roethlisberger’s helmet whereas making an attempt to corral him.
Identified for taking tons of of hits through the years, Roethlisberger was advised the NFL should be severe concerning the calls if it is calling penalties for his hits.
“Lastly,” he stated.
The Steelers had been penalized 13 instances for 155 yards whereas the Bucs obtained hit with 9 flags for 80 yards, together with a wipe-out of an 80-yard DeSean Jackson punt return attributable to holding.
The Steelers technically obtained three flags for hits on the quarterback, together with defensive finish Cam Heyward’s fourth-quarter pointless roughness name for making an aggressive play on Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stated penalties “type of marred the sport” and each groups needed to play by it.
Inexperienced Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has obtained roughing-the-passer penalties in three consecutive video games, and after Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins, he stated the league was getting “tender.”
Heyward understands Matthews’ frustration.
“I would like guys to be violent and quick,” Heyward stated. “It is so arduous to try this — you’ll be able to’t hit them, you’ll be able to’t go down with them, then you definitely put your self in jeopardy for both reversing or getting shrugged off. That is not soccer to me. I am simply being trustworthy. What are we actually instructing right here?”