Why isn't anybody barking about Trent Edwards having his own special set of rules?
I took that as my cue to sort through the NFL penalty stats to see if Porter was onto something about the New England Patriots.
What I found was that opponents have been flagged for roughing Brady five times, a high number, but the same as Edwards, who is averaging almost one roughing call per game. He has missed the Buffalo Bills' past two games with a concussion.
Edwards' replacement, Ryan Fitzpatrick, also has elicited a roughing flag. That gives the Bills and league-leading six calls in their favor. Two of them were committed by the Patriots against Edwards on opening night.
The Jets are the lone AFC East team that hasn't committed a roughing the passer penalty, which is impressive given their penchant for blitzing.
Defenses should be extra careful when Ed Hochuli, Ron Winter or Walt Anderson is lined up behind the quarterback. Hochuli has ruled roughing the passer six times, more than any other referee. Winter, who handled the Ravens-Patriots game in Week 4, and Anderson have flagged it five times.